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Should Children Go Back to School?

Brett Nichols

Posted on August 9, 2020 17:43

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Thoughts on the news that pediatricians say that kids should go back to school in the Fall, my takeaways from homeschooling versus public school, and anecdotal guesses on how parents will respond to this news.

Many U.S. Pediatricians are nearly unanimously announcing that children can, and should, go back to school this fall. Of course, they demand caution with social distancing and whatnot, but just the same, on a utilitarian basis, the sending of children back to school is recognized as the best option. They say that children are the least likely to get corona and the most asymptomatic amongst all of the cases of the virus.

I am no expert on the coronavirus myself (I only know that it is a single strand of RNA and how it can creepily hijack our bodies thanks to a molecular biologist saying it during a Zoom seminar I attended) but from a societal standpoint, sending the kids back with substantial precautions would also seem to help things feel a little bit more normal and help parents that have to juggle their essential job while having to take care of their children that are at home 24/7.

In addition, it is important for children (teens and adults too of course) to have immediate social contact with their peers so that they can develop proper social skills between those of their own age. That is not to say that parents cannot teach their children these skills through discussion, playdates and so on. I myself was homeschooled most of my childhood and it did not seem in the slightest to affect my social skills. In fact, communicating with some of my friends that were in public school most of their lives, being homeschooled actually seemed to help me in various ways that prepared me for college and adulthood in general.

Though, many -- if not most families -- do not necessarily have the luxury of one parent staying at home to teach where the other makes enough to cover all the expenses. Also, it's not a necessarily easy task to teach kids for several hours every single day (that is one of the many reasons we need teachers in the first place, thank God for teachers)!

In reality, I don't have children, so I can only speak to this issue through hypothetical scenarios in my own mind in addition to the experiences I've heard from my friends that do have children. What I have heard from the olive branch (anecdotal "evidence" at its finest) many parents are cautious to send their kids back to school despite what many pediatricians say. However, it is completely understandable that parents take pause at the thought of their flesh and blood potentially getting the virus (no matter how low the odds are that they get it).

With all that being said, for those of you that have younger children (or those that can conjure children in your imagination) will (or would) you be sending your kids to "school" school this Fall? Or are you going to wait it out until the vaccine arrives? I would love to hear your thoughts on the subject!

Feel free to add your thoughts down below!

Brett Nichols

Posted on August 9, 2020 17:43

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