The Chicago Teachers Union recently tweeted: “The push to reopen schools is rooted in sexism, racism and misogyny.” No. It is rooted in a deep concern for children and students…a concern which Chicago teachers apparently don’t share.
How the hell could it be rooted in sexism, racism and misogyny? Do girls and peoples of color not attend Chicago area schools? Are there no female or non-white teachers? Based on what I can see, that is certainly not the case. All the data, surveys and evidence indicate that coronavirus transmission rates among students are far lower than among adults, while those same rates among teachers are no higher with in-person schooling than they are with distance learning. Moreover, most infected students are asymptomatic, and virtually none have died from the virus. But many are dying inside. Many are failing their online classes and see themselves as stupid. Many look at their peers as nothing more than pathogen carriers. Many spend all day and night staring into computer screens, never going more than 50 feet from their rooms, wondering if tomorrow could somehow be better. Tragically, more than a few have committed suicide.
To a large group of progressives/leftists, absolutely everything is rooted in sexism, racism and misogyny… and always has been. Every act, every statement and every thought in recorded history has been solely rooted in abject sexism, racism and misogyny.
In truth, the Chicago Teachers Union reluctance to reopen schools is rooted in a deep-seated hatred. Of hard work. Of the concepts of excellence and merit. Of accountability. Of freedom. Of limited, representative government of, by and for the people. Of natural Law. Of the United States.