While shutting down schools was understandable during the initial few weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was a catastrophic mistake to keep the gates locked when the 2020-2021 school year began. These are now undeniable facts.
Sure, rural areas and most red state governors wisely reopened schools quickly, but most large cities did not. Riots and looting apparently were fine throughout the 2020 summer but not kids seeing each other or learning.
The coronavirus threat to those under 18 was always infinitesimal, and the harm to children and families — especially poorer and minorities — from school closures was massive and hasn’t stopped.
Unambiguous data shows we have an educational crisis with an unprecedented decline in reading and math scores.
The precipitous drop is a terrifying long-term story because it affects the economic health and productivity of our nation, since some kids will never catch up.
Like saying their party has always supported police, the Biden White House is now gaslighting America, claiming they always knew the importance of opening schools. This is a lie that even some liberals recently have noted.
Politicians and leaders who advocated school closures for years need to be held accountable. And Team Biden is one reason schools were closed for far too long.
As evidence, check out this COVID fear-mongering campaign ad from the Democratic National Committee in July 2020. It argues that then-President Donald Trump was harming children by advocating for schools to reopen.
The DNC attacked Trump as “desperate to open schools” because he was “ignoring how the virus spreads, risking teachers’ and parents’ lives, going against the advice of experts.”
A spooky voice closes by asking: “Do you trust him to do what’s best for our children?” while showing a vacant hallway.
At the onset of summer 2020, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended opening all schools for the new term, but a few weeks later, they swiftly bowed to thuggish national teachers unions and perhaps the DNC by reversing its recommendation.
Don't blame COVID for what AAP and teachers unions did to kids. pic.twitter.com/Cs0Tnh9XZN
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) September 1, 2022
The Biden campaign was unquestionably a leading proponent for closing schools through all 2020 and early 2021. Along with most Democrats, they condemned those who disagreed and persuaded progressive leaders to brainwash parents that being in school was unsafe. It was all political theater to win elections and abusive to vulnerable children.
This last point is relevant because school-closing advocates argue that many parents didn’t want to send their kids back to school. With Biden’s DNC lying to them and promoting anti-science fear, it’s no wonder liberal parents in urban and suburban locales were influenced.
And the results continue to be ruinous.
With help from the morally bankrupt CDC and rogue teachers unions, students lost learning, suffered socially and emotionally, and the country’s urban centers were overrun with violence. All of this should have been prevented, if Democrats cared.
It won’t occur, but if the Biden administration cannot explain the aforementioned 2020 ad now, they should apologize and admit that the 46th president was willing to harm families in order to win an election.
It all makes sense, however, with midterms on the horizon and Biden’s policies failing. All the White House has is “We’re not Trump” and slandering Americans; last week again proved the divisive Biden and some Democrats can only run on that stance.
A.J. Kaufman is an Alpha News columnist. His work has appeared in the Baltimore Sun, Florida Sun-Sentinel, Indianapolis Star, Israel National News, Orange County Register, St. Cloud Times, Star-Tribune, and across AIM Media Midwest and the Internet. Kaufman previously worked as a school teacher and military historian.