If you have school-aged children and you’re living in a Democrat-controlled lockdown state, Kamala Harris is laughing at you. No, really, she is. Take a look:
That video, by the way, was from her trip last week to West Haven Child Development Center in Connecticut. By now, she’s probably ROTFL, given the decision of San Diego schoolteachers to provide in-person instruction to unaccompanied immigrant children being housed at the San Diego Convention Center — despite the alarmingly high COVID-19 infection rate among those children.
As The Washington Free Beacon reports, “The San Diego County Office of Education published a notice Monday asking for local teachers to participate in an ‘in-person educational program’ for unaccompanied migrant girls who are being held in a convention center.”
Remember: California’s six million public school kids have been consigned to virtual learning (read: non-learning) for more than a year thanks to the teachers unions and the state’s governor, Gavin Newsom, whose own children have been back in school for months while reaping the benefits of an in-person, private-school education.
It’s good to be the king.
As for the high rate of coronavirus infection among those immigrant children: Wasn’t the risk of infection the entire point of locking down our schools and “educating” our children remotely? Isn’t that precisely why our nation’s lazy, greedy, and cowardly teachers unions have ignored the science and resisted the calls of everyone from Donald Trump to Chuck Schumer to reopen the schools and rescue our children from the multifaceted failure of remote learning? Isn’t that what the unions’ members were afraid of — getting what for 99.7% of us has been the functional equivalent of a bad cold?
Shut up, San Diego County School Superintendent Paul Gothold explained.
“All children in California, regardless of immigration status, have a constitutional right to education,” said Gothold. “We also have a moral obligation to ensure a bright future for our children. School employees have already been asked to go above and beyond during the pandemic, and we are committed to ensuring every student has access to a quality education while they are in our region.” So why can’t these kids learn remotely like other California kids? Remotely from their home countries.
“A quality education” is certainly a noble goal. And we’re all in favor of following one’s “moral obligations.” But what about the obligation that our nation’s teachers have to the children of American citizens? Aren’t we incessantly told by the Left that everything it does is “for the children”?
Stanford University Professor of Medicine Jay Bhattacharya recently declared the COVID-19 lockdowns to be the country’s “single worst public health mistake” in the last 100 years.
“We will be counting the catastrophic health and psychological harms, imposed on nearly every poor person on the face of the earth, for a generation,” said Bhattacharya, who months ago coauthored the commonsensical Great Barrington Declaration.
And if our predominantly blue-state lockdowns were our worst public health mistake of the past century, then our predominantly blue-state school lockdowns have been the worst of the worst.
As County Supervisor Jim Desmond put it, “The San Diego County Board of Education will be sending teachers for in-person learning for the migrant children at the convention center. It’s great there’s in-person learning for them, I wish every child in San Diego County was allowed the same opportunity.”
Indeed, for every child in San Diego County, and for every child currently suffering under the abject failure of remote learning.