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The prep school for #4 son (#2 and #3 graduated from there, attending High School after homeschooling) had a big webinar on all the things they are doing to re-open, including following all CDC suggestions: masks, distancing, the works. I could not watch much. Instead, I wrote the below to the headmaster:
I appreciate that you are in an impossible situation. Yet I feel that I must share my point of view, even though it does not follow the current orthodoxy.
While we don’t have any certainty (from my perspective, we lack absolute certainty for any decision we make in life), I have no doubt that having COVID makes it unlikely or impossible to have it again for some months, and possibly much longer – otherwise active infection numbers would not be declining in areas previously infected. In other words, we are seeing effective herd immunities.
Additionally, and very importantly: Children are not very good spreaders of this virus. The less symptomatic the person, the less of a threat they pose to others.
Without school, workers cannot work and teachers cannot teach.
For me, this adds up to a simple conclusion: I recognize that there is no way to guarantee anyone’s safety. I want [Runt] in school. I don’t support physical distancing; boys interact through contact. I think that if kids must wear masks, they should be able to do so as a way of voicing protest (for whatever non-profane message they care to make – because covering one’s face is dehumanizing). I want the full [School] experience for my sons.
People who are at-risk must take precautions and act accordingly. Indeed, if I had my druthers, I’d recommend that [School] maximize free will: accept those who wish to attend without masks, those who wear masks, and those who are unwilling to come onto campus. Waivers could be extended to limit liability. And it would be great if teachers who wear masks could choose from the transparent options so kids can much more readily see expressions.
This is the first time in history that we have quarantined healthy people. From my perspective, this entire episode will go down in history as comparable to the Tulip Mania, and I am ashamed that so many otherwise-rational people have fallen for it. I look forward to supporting [School] choosing to prioritize itself and its students over the mass psychosis that is paralyzing the world. I pray it comes sooner rather than later.Published in