American Public Schools, RIP• https://brownstone.org by JEFFREY A. TUCKER
The extremely low-to-minimal risk to the kids was known from very early on. They could have stayed in school the entire time as they did in Sweden. Scared older teachers – realistically at very low risk – might have found substitutes. There were surely other workarounds besides utterly smashing education.
What civilized society does this? None.
It appears that school closures were just part of the mix of the panicked response. "Indoor and outdoor venues where groups of people congregate should be closed" said Trump's sweeping and astonishing edict of March 16, 2020, and that included schools. Period.
What happened to the kids? They stayed at home and parents left work to oversee them. They pretended to learn as they were able but enrollment in the school system collapsed by 1.2 million nationwide. Some 26 percent declared themselves to be homeschooled. Private-school enrollment also grew by 4 percent, though it was limited by capacity restrictions, shortages of offerings, and the sheer expense (not everyone can afford to pay both taxes and tuition for school).