Yesterday DESE Commissioner Jeff Riley announced that the Baker administration would be doing what they should’ve done in August – told every public school system in Massachusetts that they need to fully reopen 5 days a week. Closing schools for an entire year in order to cower to the selfish, cowardly, pathetic, lazy fraudulent teacher’s union (MTA) will go down as one of the great injustices of our times. Children everywhere are suffering from mental health issues with an increase in ER visits for children, teen suicide rates have skyrocketed, the number of students failing classes skyrocketed, an estimated 250,000 cases of child abuse and neglect have gone unreported as a result of school closures, and black and brown students along with students living in poverty have been disproportionately hurt by school closures. Remote learning is not learning; it’s child abuse. It’s also racist and has done nothing to stop the spread of the virus. I discussed this at length on the live show last night (subscribe to our YouTube channel by clicking here)
Finally yesterday the same government that closed every small business in the commonwealth with a snap of the finger did something about reopening schools. Every district in this state must be fully reopened by April if they are doing hybrid right now, and be at least hybrid if they are full remote now (20% of school districts are remote). This shouldn’t be a problem because schools are not high transmission areas, the CDC says schools are safe to fully reopen, and the 6 feet rule has been reduced to 3 because everything is made up as we go along anyway.
"There is increasing data to suggest that schools can safely reopen and that safe reopening does not suggest that teachers need to be vaccinated in order to reopen safely," says CDC Director Rochelle Walensky. https://t.co/odskuush0R
— ABC News (@ABC) February 4, 2021
“The insistence on 6 feet was controversial from the start. One of the early skeptics was physician Rochelle Walensky, who was recently appointed to lead the CDC. She advised her local school district last summer that ‘it is quite safe and much more practical to be at 3 feet’…” https://t.co/vIDQQ2SwcT
— Ramin Farzaneh-Far MD (@rfsquared) February 20, 2021
The reply from Harvard’s chief of infectious disease was clear:
“I do think if people are masked it is quite safe and much more practical to be at 3 feet. I think this is very viable for the middle/high schools and even late grade schools and would improve the feasibility."
— Jim Geraghty (@jimgeraghty) February 15, 2021
If school districts continue to do remote learning those hours will not count towards the number of hours needed for the school year to count, so they have no choice. It effectively removes the local school boards and the unions from the process. This could’ve been done in August, but first there was an election to win.
You know this is a good thing based on who is upset by it.
Another surprise announcement without any consultation from school districts and municipalities. Educational and municipal leaders were forced to develop their own plans for how to safely and sustainably open schools because DESE failed to do so. @massupt @MASCSchoolComm https://t.co/3i7aBbRVUL
— Joseph A. Curtatone (@JoeCurtatone) February 23, 2021
MTA President Merrie Najimy is slamming the state’s plan to bring all elementary school students back to classrooms for in-person learning by April, saying the focus should instead be on vaccinating educators.
If Merrie Najimy and the MTA are against it then it’s probably a good thing. My child’s mental health and right to a real education matters more than her irrational fear of a virus.
But perhaps the hottest take on this new announcement came from Worcester School Committee member Tracy Novick. We’ve written about this legendary Turtleboy villain dozens of times. We overthrew her from the School Committee in the 2015 elections, only to see her get back on in 2019. She is the most insufferable white woman on the planet, lives in a property tax free home on the Worcester/Holden line, tweets all day long like she’s some sort of relevant person who matters, sued the city so junkies could panhandle, and has suddenly become a raging social justice warrior now that it’s cool (despite never being one before).
Yesterday she had a lot to say about schools reopening, and according to her it’s only because white people are “complaining” that their kids can’t go to school.
Stupid white people! Why can’t they just quit their jobs, stay at home with their kids in a tax free home, and watch their children suffer from mental illness? Everyone knows that only white people like sending their kids to school. According to Tracy black and brown kids HATE school, and their parents don’t value education. Sounds pretty racist.
She was also upset that a doctor said during public testimony in front of DESE that we have to change our mindset when it comes to risk tolerance. Of course Tracy pointed out that the doctor was only saying this because she was white, not because she was a doctor or a parent.
But of course we should change our mindset on risk tolerance. Schools aren’t high transmission areas, so the risk is minimal. If you get the virus there’s a 99.9% chance you’ll survive. Those most at risk are eligible for the vaccine, and those who have not received it are in low risk groups. If there was a 10% chance you’d die from a virus then schools would remain closed. If there’s a 0.001% chance then schools should open.
She then went on to say that opening schools was white privilege.
The white woman from the white part of Worcester who has been preventing black and brown kids from getting an education is here to lecture you about white privilege. And this comment was incredible:
Sending children to school is murder. Racially motivated murder. So that white people can live “comfortable lifestyle” by sending kids to school.
Imagine ever taking a person like Jean Powers seriously? Don’t. They’re not serious people and everything they say on everything should be disregarded, laughed at, and mocked.
Finally Tracy said that allowing some kids to do school remotely and some kids to go to school in person would be “inequitable,” which seems to be an admittance that a remote education and an in-person education are not equal.
She’s right. Black and brown kids in Lawrence, Worcester, and Boston have been getting screwed over by their teachers while white kids in Middleton and Hanover get to go to school. That’s not equality, it’s racism, and it’s being pushed by people like Tracy Novick. The fact that they’re upset by it means that this is a great thing for people who want their kids to go to school.
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