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Public school closures may be a big mistake

Debra Saunders on

Families with health issues can keep their children home and rely on virtual learning. But most children could return to the classroom and resume their journeys in the world.

President Donald Trump is the rare politician who argues in favor of opening up schools -- which sets him above those who cling to a path they frame as risk-free. There is no such thing.

Children stuck in front of TV sets and no books are going to fall behind, and then grow up and see other kids armed with knowledge that gives confidence. Income inequality will grow.

In 1983, the U.S. Department of Education released a report, "A Nation At Risk," that warned: "If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war. As it stands, we have allowed this to happen to ourselves. We have even squandered the gains in student achievement made in the wake of the Sputnik challenge. Moreover, we have dismantled essential support systems which helped make those gains possible. We have, in effect, been committing an act of unthinking, unilateral educational disarmament."

The people who wrote that had no idea how bad things could get.

 

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Contact Debra J. Saunders at dsaunders@reviewjournal.com or 202-662-7391. Follow @DebraJSaunders on Twitter.

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