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Covid School Policies are Child Abuse

Covid School Policies are Child Abuse

Everyone seems to agree on one point.  The Covid school policies keeping kids out of the classroom have a Draconian impact on the individual students as well as the general education of young Americans.

We have heard a lot about the downsides of the shutdown in terms of students.  They are suffering emotional issues by being confined to the home – unable to play with classmates.  In some cases, kids are being exposed to cruelty at the hands of abusive parents.  It is resulting in a rise in depression among the youngest and most vulnerable Americans – and a spike in teenage suicide.

The Covid school policies are causing students to lose out on career-affecting extracurricular actives – especially in sports.  Academic achievement is declining. Offsite learning is drastically inferior to in-class learning for innumerable reasons. 

The Covid school policies and shutting down classrooms has hit the minority communities the hardest – especially in the impoverished segregated communities in America’s major cities.

And yet … the children are the least vulnerable to contracting Covid-19 – and unlikely to have a serious case if they do.  And the death rate among the student-age population is almost incalculable.  On top of that, many studies have shown that the classroom can be a much safer environment than staying at home all day.

Even as the Pandemic is ebbing, however, there is still a lot of resistance … a lot of confusion … and a lot of disinformation regarding the schools.  One of the main reasons for that is the education industry lobby.  It has two major unions – the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the National Education Association (NEA).  These are among the most politically powerful unions in all of organized labor. 

Unlike most other unions, the AFT and the NEA have enormous power at the local level.  Their massive campaign contributions and control of the rich and powerful pension funds keep local politicians doing their bidding.

So, why wouldn’t the teachers’ unions want the kids back in school.  There are two basic reasons.  Their members do not want to go back into the classroom despite the scientific evidence that shows little risk.  To put it bluntly, it is easier to stay home and get paid.  Remote teaching is not as demanding as being in the classroom.

More importantly, it is all that extra money – the Covid-19 money.  The unions have all sorts of programs that solicit government funding – and the Pandemic creates even more opportunities.  They also are lobbying for more money for teachers to do their basic job.  In the military, they call it “hazard pay.”  That does not make a lot of sense if the hazard is not significant.  So, they fearmonger.

With the parents and the scientists saying the kids should be in school and the school unions saying “no,” the politicians – including the President of the United States – side with the unions.

To placate the parents, the politicians play games.  President Biden recently announced that on his watch the schools are back in business.  Now maybe you assume that means the kids are back in the classroom.  Not so.  The classrooms may be partially filled, but in many cases, most of the students are still at home in front of computers. 

Biden’s words are also empty because the bulk of the decision-making regarding when and how schools open rests with governors and mayors.  That is why – in general – schools in Republican states are open – and have been for some time.  In Democrat states and cities – where unions have their greatest hold over the political class – the schools are not opening as fast or as much.

We have had two problems with the Pandemic.  The first is the issue of how much we shut down – or should have shut down – at the onset.  But that is water under the bridge. The current issue is how soon and how much we can return to normal.  That debate is still going on – and in terms of the schools the fearmongers are winning.  The kids are still losing.  And that will not change until every kid is in a classroom.

So, there ‘tis.

About The Author

Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. Ben

    This is great that a conservative is advocating for mental health, especially in the African American community! I applaud you! Mostly we hear “snowflake” and “pansy generation” from conservatives! I love how you aren’t afraid to advocate for unpopular opinions that are going to ruffle your readers feathers.
    One thing you may not be thinking of, is although there is little risk to children, they can still be carriers. Thanks to our current economic situation, teachers are being forced to work to a later age than ever before. So the kids may be safe, but teachers do have a legit concern about their health and safety. More than one older teacher in my community passed from Covid. Admittedly, there’s no telling where they got it, but the concern is real!

  2. Ben

    Larry, Covid is no joke, one guy had it and was so brain damaged that he thought he won an election that he lost by 7 million votes.