Is Shutting Schools Really Necessary?

4 April 2020. Updated 14 May 2020.

Further Reading

Why it’s right to keep schools open‘ by Joanne Williams, Spiked, March 17th 2020

School closure and management practices during coronavirus outbreaks including COVID-19: a rapid systematic review‘, Russel M Viner et al, The Lancet, April 6th 2020

Coronavirus: Scientists question school closures impact‘ by Michelle Roberts, BBC News, April 7th 2020

Experts fail to find a single case of children passing virus to adults‘ by Haley Dixon, Sydney Morning Herald, April 30th 2020

Icelandic Study: “We Have Not Found a Single Instance of a Child Infecting Parents”‘ by Jim Geraghty, National Review, May 11th 2020

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JS Caort
JS Caort
1 month ago

Whilst there will be some collateral damage, the school closures are a collateral benefit in my opinion.

I cannot take any arguments seriously about the value of schools whilst the most recent letter from our establishment referred to my child as a ‘they/them’. Being able to take my child away from the harmful left-wing education environment, even for a short period, will yield benefits much greater than studying the small amount of academia that is squeezed in between all the signalling. Long may it continue.

Leon MacPherson
Leon MacPherson
1 month ago

Apart from the fact that children are low risk, and the immense damage being done to their futures (when they will be the one’s paying this debt over their lifetime), what I find most interesting is that 16&18 year olds can’t revise at home and then undertake a public exam – in which they are socially distanced anyway – but can go to work in the local supermarket (many are now earning extra cash this way – quite rightly). How this reduces the transmission rates I can’t compute.

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