Teachers’ unions: the fall school under threat

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Social distancing dividers in a classroom at St. Benedict School in Montebello, Calif., July 14, 2020. (Lucy Nicholson / Reuters)

After more than a year of destructive behavior, these selfish organizations have not yet finished abusing their power.

The the kids may be on summer vacation, but teachers‘ unions haven’t taken a break to try to hurt them. This week, the National Education Association (NEA) is holding its annual meeting. Members debate and adopt many new policies, from anti-Israel statements to fundraising campaigns in the face of their growing number of criticisms. But a new commercial element should alarm all parents.

Section 33 of the new cases reads as follows:

NEA to order mandatory, safe and effective COVID-19 vaccinations and testing for all students and staff before resuming face-to-face teaching in the fall, subject to medical exceptions as per applicable law , and will publicize this position widely via social media. We will further request and publish that safety measures such as social distancing, masking and proper ventilation be mandatory for all.

The NEA, like its counterpart, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), is laying the groundwork for schools to remain closed in the fall, or at least to have draconian and unnecessary rules in place to make schools inhospitable. for children or learning.

The teachers’ unions have done enough harm to the children of our country. Every member of these unions was on the front line to get the vaccine, though many still refused to work in person. They now have a statistically close to zero risk of serious illness from COVID, including new variants. They should not continue to have a say in school decisions regarding COVID or the health of our children.

AFT President Randi Weingarten has spent the past two months, and possibly several million dollars taken from teachers’ paychecks, trying to trick the American public into thinking that she wanted schools to be open all day long. time. But when you’re not looking, the teachers’ unions are still trying to shut them down to this day.

To require vaccines in children for in-person instruction is just plain foolish. Forcing them to continue to disguise themselves and socially distance themselves is just as insane. Children are not statistically significantly threatened by COVID. Instead of thanking God for this blessing, union bosses choose to deny reality.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we have lost 386 children under the age of 18 to COVID as of June 30, 2021. This is not a typo. Of about 75 million children in this country, we have lost less than 400. Most were older children now eligible for the vaccine. While each of these deaths is tragic, we must take a systems perspective. According to the CDC, about 4,000 children drown to death per year, but we don’t ask children to wear flotation devices everywhere they go. Because adults generally have an appropriate tolerance for risk.

I’m as pro-vaccine as they come. Variants only exist because adults at risk refuse vaccinations for a multitude of reasons, allowing the virus to mutate and spread. I wish they would get their safe and effective vaccines as soon as possible so that we can close the book once and for all. But the people currently at risk of serious illness or death from COVID are these adults and those adults only.

Half of the country’s schools were operating safely in person five days a week long before vaccines were even available. A lot without the need for masks. And the children did not die near the number teachers’ unions would have us believe. And yet the unions want you to pretend that these schools were factories of death so that they can continue to keep the doors of the schools closed.

We must remember that COVID is far from the only, if not the worst, problem children face. And by focusing monomaniacally on the risks of COVID, teachers’ unions have made these other problems worse for children. Their advocacy against children is not free. Ask the autistic child who is told to wear a mask all day to protect himself from this near zero risk of death. Ask the child who has or has developed anxiety to wear a mask and limit social interactions. Ask parents who are listening to these alarmist and worried unions if schools are really safe for their children. Ask parents who quit their jobs so they can educate or care for their children because their government has turned its back on them. Ask the child to consider self-harming or dealing with depression due to the isolation of the past year. Ask students who are a year behind in learning. None of this is necessary.

Fortunately, most school districts will ignore these unions. But unions still have considerable power when it comes to funding and controlling politicians, from the school board to the governor’s office to the White House. Watch them work behind closed doors with CDC’s Rochelle Walensky, who will ignore her own data to do them a favor. Students in large, union-controlled districts will suffer – low-income students and disproportionate minorities – and continue to lag behind their peers in healthier parts of the country.

At the end of the spring semester, I heard from so many people that I shouldn’t be worried about the fall. That it would be impossible for teachers’ unions to attempt to keep the doors locked in the fall. This fight was behind us, they said. Many on the right have shifted to studying the curriculum instead.

But the fight for open schools is not over. Despite Virginia’s new law requiring five days a week of in-person instruction, Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, is funded by unions. Although the FDA has yet to even grant emergency use authorization for vaccines for children under the age of twelve, unions are looking for ways to make vaccination mandatory as if the vaccines were fully authorized.

What we already have in the books are laws imposing a minimum number of learning hours; these were ignored for a year. We also have book laws protecting special needs and disabled children; but school boards like Fairfax County have looked the other way.

We cannot let our guard down. Without parents asserting our rights and control over our schools, unions will continue to try to harm our children when we are not looking. This is happening as we speak.

Rory Cooper is the parent of three elementary school students in Fairfax County, Va., And is a former adviser to United States House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.



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