President Trump just confirmed the rumors that he will begin strongly pressuring state governors to reopen schools for the fall term as states begin formulating plans for the school year.
Mandated lockdowns wreaked havoc on students progress nationwide, and many experts have expressed concern about a repeat scenario in the coming school year. Trump announced on Tuesday that his administration would “very much put pressure” to plan for reopening this fall.
“We don’t want people to make political statements or do it for political reasons, they think it’s gonna be good for them politically, so they keep the schools closed, no way,” Trump said. “So, we are very much going to put pressure on governors and everybody else to open the schools.”
“Our country has got to get back, and it’s got to get back as soon as possible, and I don’t consider our country coming back if the schools are closed,” the president added. “Everybody wants it, the moms want it, the dads want it, the kids want it.”
Trump isn’t alone in his desire to get America’s children back to school. American Academy of Pediatrics President Dr. Sara Goza said in a Monday interview that the organization is backing the return to school as well. The APP’s official position is that “all policy considerations for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically present in school.”
“After weighing what we know about children and the coronavirus, we really strongly advocate that the goal should be to have students physically present in the school,” Goza said.
Coronavirus alarmists are still in favor of extreme lockdowns, however, and Democrat politicians are pushing back against a return to normalcy — despite the cost. Joe Biden’s coronavirus plan tepidly endorsed returning to school as well, but also made it clear that policy decisions should defer to “the experts.”
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who is himself a physician, pointed out: “For a time, there may have not been enough information about coronavirus in children, but now there are examples from all across the United States and the world that show young children rarely spread the virus.”
Additionally, 22 countries have reopened schools without experiencing outbreaks that could be traced to schools. That hasn’t stopped mainstream media outlets from criticizing Trump for pushing for reopening for the fall semester “even as the virus surges,” as CNN put it.
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