To: readers across the Aisle
Subject: School's out- forever?
Date: July 17th, 2020
School's out— forever?
School- can't live with it, can't live without it. All states ordered or recommended school closures during quarantine, but life is proving difficult without school.
In this week's newsletter:
reopening of schools
inequality in education
Let's take a walk down the Aisle...
Online learning pros: there are none
Negatives of online learning:
low attendance (30-50% of students missing from classrooms in LA and NY)
limited access (30-40% of students don't have access to wifi in Cleveland)
falling behind (may lose up to 50% of the learning gains made in math)
you can cheat
For parents, it's becoming increasingly impossible to balance remote work and childcare. 2 in 3 parents would sent kids back to school in the fall.
Essentially, life will never go back to normal until we have reopened schools.
Right: left is purposely preventing life from stabilizing to affect election results
Left: the risk is too high with cases spiking
So what exactly is the risk?
The American Academy of Pediatrics endorsed getting kids back to school safely, citing irreversible costs on children.
This year, more kids have died from the flu than of COVID-19. The age group is very low risk if social distancing and masks are enforced.
Teachers are higher risk and children may increase community spread when they go back home to their families. As a result, teachers unions do not want to reopen schools.
Right: teachers unions are not prioritizing the wellbeing of the students. CDC guidelines for reopening are unrealistic.
Left: schools need more funding to reopen safely; Secretary DeVos has no federal plan.
Igor Bastidas via The New Yorker
The Achievement Gap
The academic achievement gap between white students and their minority counterparts isn't narrowing.
Ex: In DC, only 8% of black eighth graders are proficient in math compared to 80% of their white counterparts.
Results are highly correlated to zip code, so poorer communities have worse academic results. So how can we fix it?
Right: school choice allows minorities to choose better schools for their children, particularly charters, which result in better outcomes.
Ex: one predominantly black charter (avg. household income: $49K) had higher test scores than school with avg household incomes 5x higher
Left: teachers unions oppose charters because they create competition & hold teachers to strict performance outcomes.
want more gov. funding for all public schools & increased wages.
Virtual Beer Pong I mean college
That tweet aged just as well as this 2013 clip of Don Lemon. Tea.
The Administration was using international students (by forcing them to leave the country if enrolled in online classes) as pressure for universities to resume in person classes.
MIT and Harvard sued, and Trump overturned the decision due to a large amount of public pressure.
In a pandemic, Harvard preaches socialism and runs a capitalist agenda:
acted quickly when international students (often pay full tuition) were jeopardized than when DACA students were in trouble
fired cafeteria workers despite endowment
Cost of tuition* remains the same despite online classes
*Fun fact: tuition is a hot topic for young Democrats in the upcoming election. This counters why more gov ≠ cheaper tuition.
What: President pardons Roger Stone
Right: Mueller investigation never found collusion with Russia so this was part of the hoax
Left: abuse of power- Stone lied to Congress about WikiLeaks
What: Cancel culture
Right: GOYA CEO has a right to freedom of speech & why wasn't Jackson cancelled for anti-semitism?
Left: cancel anything that supports Trump or racist stereotypes (renamed the Redskins)
What: Fauci vs. the Administration
Right: President doesn't always agree with Fauci but respects him
Left: Fauci is being attacked/ undermined by the White House for political reasons
What: Biden's $2 trillion climate plan (spend on clean energy & build new infrastructure to stimulate American economy)
Right: much more liberal than his previous centrist platform & will increase prices
Left: praised by ex-Sanders & Warren supporters
What: NYT resignations
Right: centrist writer resigns after being criticized & censored
Left: even some on the left have noticed NYT becoming increasingly intolerant of conservative views
Spread some good
Support orgs improving the education system: JumpStart, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, TNTP, The Education Trust, City Year
Medical student creates handbook to show how disease symptoms appear on darker skin
US Navy welcomes first black female fighter pilot in 110 year history
Colombian farming family become YouTube sensations
New York celebrates first day of 0 COVID related deaths
Schools can't stay closed forever- the negative effects on children are too high
Strict precautions must be taken to ensure teacher safety
Reopening strategy will likely differ based on region
Universities will adopt a mix of in-person and virtual classes
School choice vs. increasing funding to all public schools are 2 opposing solutions to the achievement gap
Quote of the week
“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”
Thank you for walking across the Aisle with us this week. Now that you have both sides of the story, it’s up to you to decide where you stand.
Regardless of where you end up, we’re thankful that you read ideas that challenged your position, and we hope you’ll leave with a better understanding of the other side.
See you next week!
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This article cites 22 liberal news sources in blue and 15 conservative news sources in red. 10 sources were considered neutral in gray.