Originally Posted by emmy526
i think it carries all those risks.....if they are transmission vectors, then they can potentially bring it home to their parents or other family members who may get gravely ill...thats the physical aspect they would see, and then the mental/emotional toll would be worse...and if their teacher were to actually die from this? Again, a physical, mental and emotional toll on the children. Will they think they caused the death? Would they think they brought the illness home to family?
I think one of the most harmful outcomes of this pandemic is the impulse to regard other people primarily as potential "transmission vectors". What are we teaching children by implying that the most important thing in their life is to avoid catching this virus, that if they catch this (or another) virus and someone else gets sick it is somehow their fault?
We are trading our humanity (human connections in every realm of existence) for the illusion of safety. Yes, measures can be taken to mitigate various threats and harms, but safety is never guaranteed, even if you wear a mask forever and never hug another person again in your life. And what kind of life would that be? Everything is being reduced to its most basic function within capitalism -- to its transaction value -- and the things that humans, especially small humans, need to enjoy and express their humanity are being shunted aside, as if they don't matter at all. Education is about more than spooning information into little heads. To act as if it doesn't matter whether kids can see their teachers' or each others' facial expressions, that it doesn't matter that they won't be permitted to socialize but must sit in their plexiglass-enclosed desks all day, masked and isolated even while they're in the presence of others is, in my view, to profoundly misunderstand what happens, or should happen, at school. The measures my school district is taking will make school even more like a prison than it was before (that's if/when they are able to go back -- right now the plan is for 100% online until at least the end of October, which is a different kind of hell, imo).
This is an unpopular view, I guess, because people always trot out the fatalities and other harms done by the virus to refute it, but I think the harm being done to children who are not able to have the experiences they need to grow and develop physically, mentally, and emotionally are more tragic because they will be longer-lasting. My 12-year-old, if she's lucky, has another 60+ years of life ahead of her. If she becomes an anxious, depressed, un-socialized, or anti-social person because of this experience, it might be 60+ years of suffering (NB: she is already suffering).
Meanwhile, in Sweden cases are going down.
Sweden, Which Never Had Lockdown, Sees COVID-19 Cases Plummet as Rest of Europe Suffers Spike
Amid fears over a potential second wave of the novel coronavirus across Europe, new infections in Sweden, where full lockdown measures were not implemented, have mostly declined since late June.
The number of new cases per 100,000 people in Sweden reported over the last 14 days since July 29 dropped by 54 percent from the figure reported over 14 days prior to then, according to the latest report Wednesday from the World Health Organization (WHO).