Mayor Bill de Blasio and school Chancellor Richard Carranza have now confirmed an absurd plan to have school restart on a part-time schedule in the fall. What will parents who work full-time or teachers who have school-age children do? Well that is certainly not NYC Mayor de Blasio’s problem.
How does sending kids to school three days a week make a lick of difference from sending them to school five days? There is no medical evidence that it matters at all. It’s the worst example, writes Karol Markowicz in the NY Post, of the mayor splitting the baby.
Part-time school will only make things more difficult for parents, teachers and — remember them? — kids.
Because everything to Hizzoner is about President Trump, de Blasio added, “What we WON’T do is ignore the science and recklessly charge ahead like our president. We will do it the right way. We will keep everyone safe.”
There is, of course, absolutely no way to “keep everyone safe” and, as the mayor who ignored the COVID-19 epidemic until the last possible second, even famously going to the gym the day after he was forced to close schools, de Blasio knows this.
Everyone else is managing to open schools. Look at Europe, where many countries had far more deaths per total population than the United States, and are still opening schools because they know education for children is paramount and they know online classes do not provide an adequate education.