A surprising opinion article published on February 25 by a top left-wing columnist for The New York Times admits the harm being inflicted on children due to school closures is the fault of the Democrats.
The Tragedy in Our Public Schools
Writer Nicholas Kristof describes the COVID lockdown-related school closures as a “tragedy we haven’t adequately confronted,” and suggests that the cause of these harmful government actions may be that Democrats were simply blinded by their hatred for President Trump.
“Many Democrats seemed to be more suspicious of in-person schooling last summer when President Donald Trump called for it. We shouldn’t let ourselves be driven by ideology rather than science,” Kristof wrote.
He admits that kids in Rhode Island “are better off” because their Democrat Governor, Gina Raimondo, pushed for the schools to re-open. But she is one of very few Democrats who actually put aside their partisan fearmongering to do what was best for the people she represents.
Kristof also noted that the situation going on in our public education system right now may cause “permanent damage” to the future of the United States, and the future of our children.
“The blunt fact is that it is Democrats – including those who run the West Coast, from California through Oregon to Washington State – who have presided over one of the worst blows to the education of disadvantaged Americans in history,” he wrote.
Surprisingly, the left-wing writer outright admits that the blame lies with Democrat governors and mayors, stating that they “too often let schools stay closed even as bars opened.”
Kristof isn’t just speaking based on his opinion, he actually brought facts to the conversation.
Fox News reported:
“Pandemic-related disruptions to schooling could increase the nation’s high school dropout rate by nearly 4 percent, Kristof writes, citing an estimate from the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank. The repercussions will likely mean fewer college-educated workers in the nation’s labor force and lower incomes for employees, he adds.
The disruptions also will likely worsen the achievement gap between children from wealthier families – those that can afford private schooling and home internet service, for example – and those from low-income families, who often lack internet and cellphone service, Kristof notes.”
Kristof doesn’t just blame the Democrat leaders, he also highlights the harmful role that teachers are playing in this situation, arguing that teachers who oppose re-opening schools are guilty of “an abdication of responsibility to America’s children.”
Evidence that Kristof gathered from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the British Medical Journal, and a study by Tulane University all shows that in-person classes do not pose any serious risks to students or teachers.
Despite all of the evidence, it doesn’t seem like Democrat leaders are going to give up the control they have over the American people, nor will the teachers give up their easy workload. What will it take to get our kids back to school before they suffer any more under these totalitarian lockdowns?