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Union Leader Under Fire for Late Opening of Schools Post-COVID

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It’s been almost three years since the COVID-19 pandemic, and the world is still recovering. The government shut down many sectors due to the spread of the virus, and this caused a huge setback for them.

Although things are back to normal, some sectors are still struggling to find their footing. One of those is the educational system. As many people know, authorities closed most schools during the pandemic.

Some schools were closed for almost two years, while others were closed for the first few months. However, even the schools that weren’t closed for long suffered the effects of the pandemic. Recent studies show that schools did not need to be closed for almost two years. 

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Therefore, the American Federation of Teachers president, Randi Weingarten, is on the hot seat for her decisions during the pandemic. In her defense, she wrote on X (formerly Twitter), “In-person learning is where kids do best, which is why educators & their unions worked hard to reopen US schools for safe in-person learning beginning back in April 2020, and why we’ve spent the last several years following the pandemic prioritizing public schooling & investing in #RealSolutionsForKids that help them recover & thrive.” 

However, this is not entirely true, and some people think she’s only trying to gaslight the public. This is because there is no evidence that Weingarten and other school unions tried to reopen schools. Instead, there is a lot of proof showing the direct opposite. 

In the fall of 2020, there is proof of the President calling the plan to open schools “reckless.” The unions tried to keep schools closed until late 2021 fall because of fear of the COVID-19 virus. Due to the delay, schools in some parts of the country didn’t open for almost two years after the pandemic. 

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Closing the schools initially was the right thing to do. This is because nobody knew if children could contract and spread the virus. People also didn’t know if children would have a higher mortality rate if they got the virus. 

However, scientists didn’t take long to determine that children are less susceptible to COVID-19. Children under the age of 18 rarely get or transmit the disease. They also don’t get seriously ill from COVID-19, making their mortality rate relatively low. 

Therefore, the unions should have opened the schools a lot sooner. The longer children stayed out of school, the harder it was for them to re-adapt to the environment. According to a report by the Washington Post, most students were falling behind academically by December 2020.

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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) also stated that there was a significant increase in depression and suicide rates among children. This was even higher for those who were already at risk for abuse and neglect. 

As an elected leader, people expected Weingarten to have done better than she did. All evidence shows that she made wrong calls even if she had the children’s best intentions.  

Do you think she made the right decision?

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