For The Children, They Say….

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“I play football and basketball and those sports make up a big part of my life, and when I’m not here every day doing something with those sports, honestly, I feel really lost in life. Since I’m a junior, college is starting to cross my mind, and without this essential year of learning, I feel completely unprepared for college. I know I’ve still got another year, but time goes faster than you really think.”

He continued, “I just believe we should be here at school and we should be here playing football. It’s crazy to think that just down the road, they’re playing a football season — they’re almost done with their football season. It’s honestly ridiculous. And I’m willing to keep my teammate and classmates in line, minding whatever rules, just so I can be back here doing the stuff I love.”~Kooper Davis, Teenager from Hobbs, NM

How many times have you heard a politician say, “it’s for the children” when pushing some nonsense bill?   Whenever that term is used, you can be darn sure that whatever is being proposed has very little to do with kids and more than likely goes against their best interest.  The never ending pork saddled school funding bills for example, always seem to put plenty of cash in teacher union coffers and very little in to classroom instruction or student betterment.

Funny how that works.  No, not funny at all.

The most epic public policy failure of our kids though certainly goes to shutting down schools in response to the coronavirus pandemic.  It was not in any way shape or form for their benefit and once it became known that children don’t suffer from nor transmit Covid much, keeping schools closed seemed purposefully cruel.  Many schools in California STILL remain closed today, with teacher’s unions weaponizing the elusive goal of “opening up safely” to demand ever more resources while bludgeoning the hopes of kids desperate to go back to school.

This heart wrenching article, The Lost Year, What the Pandemic Cost Teenagers, really drives this home and is difficult to read. It highlights teenagers in two towns; Denver City, TX which opened up schools and sports last September and Hobbs, NM which sits a mere 2 miles away from Denver City, yet may as well be on Mars as pertains to the difference in coronavirus restrictions.  Hobbs schools remained shuttered until just this past February (opening at only at 50%) with sports finally starting a few weeks later.

From the article:

As time has gone on, evidence has grown on one side of the equation: the harm being done to children by restricting their “circulation.” There is the well-documented fall-off in student academic performance at schools that have shifted to virtual learning, which, copious evidence now shows, is exacerbating racial and class divides in achievement. This toll has led a growing number of epidemiologists, pediatricians and other physicians to argue for reopening schools as broadly as possible, amid growing evidencethat schools are not major venues for transmission of the virus.

As many of these experts have noted, the cost of restrictions on youth has gone beyond academics. The CDC found that the proportion of visits to the emergency room by adolescents between ages 12 and 17 that were mental-health-related increased 31% during the span of March to October 2020, compared with the same months in 2019. A study in the March 2021 issue of Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, of people aged 11 to 21 visiting emergency rooms found “significantly higher” rates of “suicidal ideation” during the first half of 2020 (compared to 2019), as well as higher rates of suicide attempts, though the actual number of suicides remained flat.”

Sports too play an enormous role in helping teenagers channel aggression properly while learning life lessons on teamwork, character and leadership. For many, sports play a central role and having them snatched away at such a pivotal time in their lives was devastating.

So much of what’s happened and is still happening to our kids angers me, but what stands out the worst is the psychological abuse of making them out to be dirty vessels of disease who could kill grandma at any moment.  Again from the article:

“We should be more careful with kids,” wrote Andy Slavitt, a Medicare and Medicaid administrator under President Barack Obama who was named senior advisor for President Joe Biden’s coronavirus task force, in a Jan. 3 tweet. “They should circulate less or will become vectors. Like mosquitos carrying a tropical disease.”

In Los Angeles, county supervisor Hilda Solis, a former Obama labor secretary, urged young people to stay home, noting the risk of them infecting older members of their households. “One of the more heartbreaking conversations that our healthcare workers share is about these last words when children apologize to their parents and grandparents for bringing COVID into their homes for getting them sick,” she told the Los Angeles Times. “And these apologies are just some of the last words that loved ones will ever hear as they die alone.”

It’s hard to comprehend really what we’ve done to our children because the setbacks in academic, mental & physical health all play off each other and the vast negative consequences will play out for years to come.

So many times this past year I’ve heard that we are not allowing this, or restricting that to protect the most vulnerable and marginalized members of society.  And yet so many times those restrictions have benefitted the most wealthy and powerful at the expense of the vulnerable and marginalized.

Funny how that works.  No, not funny at all.

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27 Responses to For The Children, They Say….

  1. Aldous Huxley says:

    If they use “for the greater good” or “It’s for the children” and pull at your feelings while ignoring all the simple FACTS as you have stated, you know it is merely a manipulated LIE!

    If you cannot see that the masses are being played by the few, then you are not awake in the least.

    Schools are merely indoctrination centers for the wolf in sheep’s clothing ignorant and divisive selfish leftist thought, and shutting schools all down in favor of home schooling should be a priority for all!!

    Intelligent people are full of doubts, and stupid ones are full of arrogant regurgitations!

    Liked by 2 people

    • Tricia says:

      I Agree that getting kids away from public schools would be a good thing. Many parents have chosen this already, either through hime schooling or private one. Hopefully more will follow.

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  2. This is all incredible sad. It is stunning how callous we have become. God help us. Jesus cares for the children. We must as well.

    Thanks for highlighting this important issue.

    Blessings.

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  3. Heartbreaking, Tricia. I’ve been bearing witness to some major psychological harm going on, not just to kids but to their parents, too. I think many people have no idea what a huge human rights violation has occurred and what a toll that has taken on people’s lives. I have to process a lot of anger and grief so I don’t bottle that all up, and I have to insist on acting normal. I’ve never been a fan of big government, but now I really don’t trust them, don’t even see any potential good to work towards in terms of policy or elections. I just want them all out and held accountable.

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    • Tricia says:

      It is so heartbreaking IB and incredibly frustrating that we are nearly powerless to stop this madness. I don’t have kids and so I can’t imagine what they and their parents are going through. The govt has screwed all of us in so many ways throughout this pandemic and continues to in blue states like ours. So many people are ok with it too which is frightening.

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  4. Aldous Huxley says:

    Who do you believe?

    Scientists who are funded by billionaires like Bill Gates, Monsanto, Jeff Bezos, Big Pharma, or the CDC? Are not these people in control of the propaganda media?

    Or Scientists who value clean air, food, and water who are not funded by those above?

    Turn off your TV programming and stop believing all main stream media!!

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  5. Two comments come to mind. 1) I don’t know about California, but in Colorado there are constantly statewide and county ballot initiatives every November that ask voters’ permission to increase funding to school districts (“for the children”) and proposing that it be offset by raising taxes on gambling or alcohol or cigarettes or some other “sin”. But very often, the revenue from the “sin” turns out to be way less than the committed increase to the school districts. Voters fall for this over & over, because their hearts instinctively want what’s best for kids, and their nostalgic memories of their favorite teachers when they were in grade school cloud their judgement. It’s such an easy con to pull off!…………………..and 2) The ever-increasing level of funding pouring into K-12 education not only goes to the union contracts to perpetuate their retirement benefit guarantees, but it also goes to the ballooning quantity of school administration staff positions which has shot through the roof (i.e. administrator-per-student ratio) in the last ~20 years. To me, those two sink-holes for the K-12 and higher education money are equally outrageous. The education “industry” is greedily sucking the taxpayers dry, for little-to-no measurable improvement in the kids educational outcomes. And it’s all hidden behind the “For the Children” banner.

    Definitely not funny at all.

    – Jeff

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    • Tricia says:

      You hit the nail right on the head with both your points Jeff. And the people here also get sucked in to that same “it’s for the children” con every single time. Like when Lucy pulls the football way from Charlie Brown and he kicks the air and winds up on his back yet keeps trying again thinking it will be different! It never is.

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  6. We are killing our kids— mentally and physically—

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  7. And they use to say they loved old ladies and dogs— now it’s kids— haven’t we figured out that or politicians only love themselves

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  8. Mel Wild says:

    Great article, Tricia. And it only exposes how dictatorial governors have used lockdowns to feed their lust for power. Newsom and Cuomo should be tried for war crimes against their citizens. These lockdowns were the worst thing we’ve ever done in our history for so many reasons. States like Florida and South Dakota, who have been open for a long time, are testaments against their false narrative. And our children are the most heartbreaking casualties of this lie. The other criminals here are the teacher’s unions. This is why voters should be voting for school choice. I agree with Aldous Huxley (love the moniker!). Our public schools have become indoctrination centers for the radical woke left. If we’re going to defund anything it should be the teacher’s unions and department of Education.

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    • Tricia says:

      I so agree crimes against humanity charges should be filed against so many of the panic porn politicians and policy makers. I’m just sad that I don’t think they will ever get what they deserve. Not this side of heaven anyway.

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  9. The Night Wind says:

    That’s also why depression, suicide, and narcotics abuse rates are skyrocketing among the young. Who’d want to grow up in a world like that?
    Also, too, Ameroboobs who actually believe people like Bill Gates, George Soros, and the rest of these Great Reset freaks care about ‘the children’ when they support abortion, eugenics, and population control just shows how stupid our society has collectively become.

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    • Tricia says:

      Yup, you’re so right NW about sky rocketing Depression, addiction, etc….rates There is so much ignorance, fear and brainwashing going on. I really don’t see good things ahead for this country.

      Like

  10. Al says:

    Here in Virginia (now very rightfully considered the California of the east) they have opened schools for a couple of days a week for special classes but it is still optional. The other day I actually saw a school bus!

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  11. Salvageable says:

    Thank you for shining a light on this abuse of our children. J.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Citizen Tom says:

    Good article! Don’t have much to add to the previous comments. School choice is the solution.

    Mildly surprised to see an article like this in “ProPublica”. Supposedly, “ProPublica” is a Liberal publication, but I am not especially familiar with it. All I know for sure is that that “ProPublica” article makes the tear-jerking emotional appeal I have come to expect from Liberal publications, but it strikes at a Liberal issue, the COVID-19 lockdown. So, I have to wonder. What up with that? My guess is that the news media is sensing that it is time to regain some credibility. After all, Biden won and Trump is out.

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    • Tricia says:

      Thanks Tom. Yeah ProPublica does tend to pull the hearts strings but that’s what appealed to me about this article. You cannot write a story about school shutdowns and have it come out any other way then as devastating for children. Parents are up in arms and openly fighting the teacher’s unions and igornatn, corrupt governors like Newsom, Cuomo, etc..The media does sense this shift. And yes Trump is no longer here to blame things one too.

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  13. your blog is amazing!

    Like

  14. con says:

    Reblogged this on Citizens.

    Liked by 1 person

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