If there is one fact regarding the WuFlu that everyone should be able to agree upon, it’s that bat-soup syndrome discriminates based on age. The older you are, the harder you’re hit.
That’s why at first glance the debate on re-opening the schools seems so bizarre.
So far this year four times the number of school-age children have been killed by the regular flu than the Flu Manchu and schools don’t close en masse for the seasonal flu.
Josh Ketter, a retired CFO with extensive global corporate experience, compiled the relevant numbers and found the following:
For ages less than one year: 17% greater chance of dying from seasonal flu
For ages 1 to 4: 20% greater chance of dying from seasonal flu
For ages 5 to 14: 7% greater chance of dying from seasonal flu
For ages 15 to 24: 1% greater chance of dying from seasonal flu
One expert contends the risk inherent in the drive to school is greater than the chance of dying from the China Flu for school children. The obvious answer to the question: "Should we re–open the schools?" Is "Yes."
Special provisions should be made for teachers and support staff who are vulnerable due to age or other underlying conditions — but that’s it.
So why are teachers, administrators and politicians opposing school re-opening this fall?
Two words — Donald Trump.
Keeping school age children at home also keeps at least one parent at home. If schools remain closed the economy can't fully reopen.
If the economy can’t recover then Trump’s chances for re-election begin to plummet.
As Tucker Carlson of Fox News pointed out, "None of this [opposition] is rational, all of this is hysterical. The biggest backers are the Democratic Party. This is an election year and they believe more chaos and more displacement will help them win. They are right, but it's sick. These people will destroy anything in their power and unfortunately . . . it means hurting our children."
One wonders how many years of education the left is willing to sacrifice if the end result is a Trump defeat?
Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., has said his schools are re-opening this fall and President Trump plans to pressure the rest of the nation to follow his lead. The American Academy of Pediatrics concurs. "After weighing what we know about children and the coronavirus, we really strongly advocate that the goal should be to have students physically present in the school," AAP President Dr. Sara Goza told "The Daily Briefing" Monday.
Others contend the pressure of lockdowns and the kids at home create a volatile situation. We aren’t ready to jump on the reopen the schools because kids-shouldn’t-be-left-alone-with-their-potentially-deadly-parents bandwagon.
We want the schools open because that is the best way for children to learn.
Online learning for elementary, middle and high school students is a proven disaster— nationwide.
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