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COVID: Its toll on students

| December 9, 2020 1:00 AM

The worst thing that could have been done to our kids during this pandemic was to keep them at home in isolation. Teachers and administrators learned early that kids were not strong carriers of the COVID-19 virus. Schools have been closed or open for vastly limited work days when teachers knew well that their concerns were not in the interests of kids.

In America, 540 kids between 5 and 14 committed suicide while only 14 (mostly with existing medically limiting diseases) died of the COVID-19 virus.

Those statistics were available across America and in Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls, Athol and Rathdrum. Our teachers, like lemmings, opted to get paid to stay at home and marched to the tune of the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).

I was once one of those union teachers. In my day, I knew that something was seriously amiss when our schools were closed down for an inch of snow. I knew when I got a 15% pay raise that something was terribly wrong because we (like here) had a very troubled academic reputation. I spoke up by creating surveys to garner the lackadaisical concerns of teachers and their leaders.

The drum beat from the NEA and AFT have called for all teachers to march to the sound of self-service. Did the voice of common sense speak out for children? No way!

Sadly, again, union goons and school administrators keep their jobs by satisfying teachers, not children’s interests. Demand school choice! Take funding from public education.

RONALD DEADY

Post Falls