The drumbeat from presidential candidate Joe Biden, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other Democrats (as well as much of the media) has been to “follow the science” when it comes to the coronavirus.
That was a not-so-veiled jab at former President Donald Trump and his supporters and their approaches to and feelings about masks, social distancing and other COVID restrictions.
Now that candidate Biden has turned into President Joe Biden and Dr. Anthony Fauci has thrown off the shackles of working for Trump, “following the science” is evolving.
The science tells us schools should be reopening to in-person classes.
Kids have generally not gotten COVID in the same numbers nor had the serious reactions to the virus as seniors or adults with underlying medical conditions.
What kids have missed out is almost an entire school year of in-person classes.
That has resulted in some students falling behind academically. Others are missing out on sports, music, theater, clubs and other extracurricular activities that help their personal development and sense of purpose.
Other kids are stuck at home taking care of younger siblings. Some kids have been stuck at home in toxic and sometimes abusive situations. Schools offer those kids a safety net and often the help they need to escape abuse.
There is also a worrisome mental health crisis among kids and young people because of the pandemic.
But the church of science touted by Biden and led by Dr. Fauci could be changing its doctrine.
The science says schools should be reopening, and the academic and social costs of kids being sequestered at home is not good for them — along with parents who have had to quit jobs to take care of children learning via Zoom.
There are kids who might want to still learn at home, especially those with grandparents or parents who are especially vulnerable to COVID. That should remain an option.
We worry the “follow the science” crowd, including Biden, Fauci and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, are adding “follow the teachers’ unions” to their dogma.
Candidate Biden promised to have schools reopen. Now, President Biden is talking about schools being open one day a week.
Biden, Fauci and CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said schools also need to improve ventilation systems. That may need to be done. But it also sounds like a “kick the can” maneuver to stall reopening classrooms.
Walensky is also pressing for strict masking and social distancing of students, and that all the science needs to be balanced with experiences of teachers and staff.
The “follow the science” doctrine now has an addendum — a new testament.
Walensky said not only should the science be followed, but reopening plans should also have an “understanding of the lived experiences, challenges and perspectives of teachers, school staff, parents and students.”
The evolution will be welcomed by teacher unions — but the new sermon of the “follow the science” faith is not in the best interest of kids and many families.