Though Dr. Fauci has largely remained clean from a public affection standpoint through the pandemic (miraculously), it seems he has found himself a target for angry parents hungry for their children to return to in-person learning as soon as possible. Fauci has instead advocated for ‘waiting for the COVID relief bill to pass’ before making a national move to reopen schools. The statement is likely a product of some pressure applied by teachers’ unions, no doubt.
The fact of the matter is that a full distance learning ‘zoom education’ has been proven to be far less effective at educating our kids than in person or hybrid models. Particularly the younger crowd is having a hard time staying focused in front of the screen, and by all metrics are falling behind grade-level in all areas of academic achievement. These dire education outcomes certainly amp up the need for action.
But before throwing Fauci under the bus, keep in mind the amount of political pressure he was submitted to in the last 12 months, largely maintaining his integrity in ways that are difficult for me to even imagine. Perhaps with the cold weather and lurking variants of the virus cropping up, he has his reasons for suggesting a bit more time. He certainly has earned the benefit of the doubt in my eyes.
If we’re still talking distance learning in late spring and summer and even Fall 2021, then I would start to question the approach, but for now, a few more weeks will not break the metaphorical bank for my gaggle, anyway. We’re with you, Fauci. Come hell or high water…