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Back-to-school season used to be one of the most exciting times of year. This year, it's a complete disaster. Classrooms around the country are either empty, or they are unsafe. And the worst part is that it didn't have to be this way.
When the pandemic first caused schools to go virtual in the spring, our nation's leaders should have sprung into action. They had a responsibility to the American people to take the virus seriously. But they failed to act. Instead, the Trump administration has repeatedly tried to spread the dangerous message that the crisis is overblown.
Last week, Trump recklessly held an indoor rally in Nevada in blatant defiance of state regulations and public health guidance. And earlier, news broke that Donald Trump admitted in March to intentionally downplaying the virus, even though he was aware that the virus is "deadly" and more threatening than the seasonal flu. Since Trump first started lying about the threat, nearly 200,000 Americans have died from COVID-19.
Trump's only concern seems to be the optics of his re-election campaign, putting the safety of students in the crosshairs. Students have been thrust into a lose-lose situation. Either schools can choose to convert to virtual learning and let students fall behind academically, or they can return to in-person classes while risking their communities' health. Either way, students are the ones who lose.
Virtual learning isn't working, and it's widening the gap between students based on factors like socioeconomic status and race. Parents are expected to work full-time jobs on top of re-learning algebra they haven't seen since the '90s. And students with family members at home during the day are the lucky ones — many students don't have parents who have the ability to work remotely.
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