Schools: Systems of Viral Spread in a Broken Society
Families are Safe Havens in a Storm - Stay Safe
After attending a 4-hour board meeting last night, the push to reopen schools materialized. We will open. Though I tried one last time in earnest to plead with the board to ponder which student, which teacher and wich neighbor, they were willing to lose to reopen schools. My pleas fell on deaf ears once again. We could be safe for a few more months. We could start remote and continue to learn at home. We could save lives.
Returning to Work at All Costs:
Don’t be fooled. Reopening schools has very little to do with the welfare and learning of children. The economy is the impetus for sending students to school. Children trust adults to keep them safe. They trust us not to harm. They have no idea this virus can reside in their systems and possibly cause further damage down the road.
Viruses tend to weaken over time and become less lethal. We just need more time. According to Kai Kupferschmidt, “On average, the coronavirus accumulates about two changes per month in its genome. Sequencing SARS-CoV-2 genomes help researchers follow how the virus spreads. Most of the changes don’t affect how the virus behaves, but a few may change the disease’s transmissibility or severity.” We can hope these mutations will render the virus more benign.
Furthering the Spread:
Even if schools vow to close soon after COVID19 cases increase, by then it is too late. At that point, all kids from all families in the community have assembled at a single location. They have all learned, eaten, and played together. The virus is able to spread to the greater community through the children. The schools will have been a driving force in that spread.
Stay Home Stay Safe - A Motto Worth Maintaining:
Not long ago, we did well by this motto. Now that we are in the thick of this pandemic, we seem to be less cautious and more numb. The statement, “ We may be done with this virus, but this virus is not finished with us,” rings correct. Allow students the opportunity to stay safe and learn at home. Hopefully, we can all one day return to school with few or no restrictions and enjoy togetherness again. Now is not the time.
The Great Divide Will Continue:
We are living in an unprecedented time. The dichotomy is apparent: those who can educate children and provide for them and those who can’t or won’t. I’ve noted before that if this were the 1940’s this would mostly be a non-issue. Now, most homes are broken or with single parents who must work. Therefore, we must risk the lives of all to make this happen. Perhaps we need to reassess what is truly important in life - family.
Strong Families: A United Front
The rhetoric that strong families make for a strong society is wise. Thriving two-parent homes can prepare for brighter futures for children. Families need to get back on their feet as building blocks in a unified nation. Healthy and prosperous families can make for more robust, influential churches, more positive values, stronger morals, and, in turn, create a healthier community. The destruction of the family unit has primarily contributed to the divide and breakdown of our nation. Ifstudies.org states, “Sustainable societies depend upon strong families. Nations that seek to remain economically and politically vital must reproduce themselves; children are most likely to thrive—socially, emotionally, and economically—when they enjoy the shelter and stability of an intact, married family; marriage is most beneficial for children when both parents are positively invested in their lives; families are most likely to flourish when they can be built upon strong economic foundations. These are the truths that inform the work of the Institute for Family Studies, a new initiative dedicated to strengthening marriage and family life, and advancing the welfare of children through research and public education.” We need to provide incentives for healthy and functional two-parent homes to remain together in combating forces that can disable them - including a virus. We need to seek God and hold reverence for wholesome values that enable us all to rise above in times of strife.
“The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.” ~ Confucius
Battle the Virus Together:
In a two-parent home, adults sacrifice for the good of the family unit. In situations of great need, such as COVID19, one parent can contribute to a robust economy, while the other can stay with the children and keep them safe and educated. Both problems mainly solved with teamwork. The family can thrive, children can succeed, and the economy can thrive. Unfortunately, few can achieve as we compromise the well-being of many for those who have no choice but to place their children in school during a pandemic to work. Perhaps it is time for more traditional values and moral thought. Get back to God, family, and a thriving society once again.
~Amanda Allison, M.Ed.
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