Yes, the political effort to keep schools closed can get even more stupid

There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one’s safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn’t, but if he was sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn’t have to; but if he didn’t want to he was sane and had to. Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clause of Catch-22 and let out a respectful whistle.

“That’s some catch, that Catch-22,” he observed.

“It’s the best there is,” Doc Daneeka agreed.

Joseph Heller, Catch-22

New York City is looking at doing a hybrid in-person / at-home model for the upcoming school year. Then it suddenly occurred to policymakers that produces a lot of problems for working parents. But don’t worry, they have a plan!

They are going to convert public buildings like community centers and libraries into day care centers where kids can stay when they are not in school.

So it’s unsafe for kids to be in a school building together, which means they can only be in the building on a limited number of days. But it’s a problem for them to be at home on those days, so they’ll just send them to another building instead. As long as you don’t call the second building a school building, then we’re good.

This is the same logic as the geniuses in Los Angeles and San Diego, where you can still send a younger child to a day care (and could even during their first lockdown), but how dare you send a school-age child to a school because that would be unsafe. Day care employees are “essential” workers, but teachers have to lecture kindergartners about their white privilege via Zoom for their own safety.

No matter where the kids are, they are still going to be in an indoor space with adults supervising them. The only thing they are cutting out is the instruction element.

I swear to God, living with leftists truly is like wandering into Catch-22. But let the world behold the detrimental effect teachers unions have on education.

Of course, in Los Angeles public schools, only 20% of students can read or do math at grade level. In New York, less than half. (This is despite both spending almost $20,000 per student per year on their education.) There’s a reason more than a quarter of the families in New York City send their kids either to private schools or charter schools.

Maybe ditching schoolchildren at the public library with a random stranger instead of their assigned teacher will be better for their education in the long run.

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