Lot of liberal pundit handwringing to the effect of "we can close schools now that we know of the great harms to kid's mental health" which, yes, but... (CTU maybe aside) is anyone pushing closures that aren't solely prompted by staff shortages due to their own infections?
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Like pundits seem to be fighting the last war. Excepting SFUSD, they've been mostly back for a year. And even SFUSD isn't headed toward indefinite closures.
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Suppose you think that school closures were a disastrous, invasion-of-Iraq magnitude (or perhaps greater) policy decision. Shouldn't that merit some further reflection?
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You think this was a policy decision (which of course is totally a decentralized one) equivalent to the deaths of 460,000 people and the destabilizing of an entire region? And...do you think parents and educators have not been reflecting, ffs?
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Yeah, I think depriving tens of millions of school children of an in-person education for a year or longer is absolutely on that magnitude. No question.

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I mean, just for starters, where excepting SFUSD were kids kept out of school for a year. Please account for the "tens of millions." And, often, it was their own parents pushing for remote (or at least remote options) until vaccinations were available.
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There are about 50 million schoolchildren and 20 million college students in the US. They experienced a spectrum of disruptions from modest to severe. The total amount of learning loss was extremely large.
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Always nice to see the pure, uncut xenophobia that holds the lives of people in the Middle East in such contempt. Hard to even grapple with this level of casual racist hate.
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Hey Nate, if you don’t care about the immense loss of life have you considered the educational disruption for Iraqi children?
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What?! As the parent of a now second grader: no. He thrived in online school for all of first grade. As a college professor who taught online for a year: I made it work. It was the right thing to do. This ides that in person is good and online is bad is not grounded in pedagogy.
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Or epidemiology. There is good in person education. There is good online education. We are living in a pandemic.
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Iraqi children were also deprived of in-person learning
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