Now They Want a Pandemic 'Amnesty'

  

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Via:  vic-eldred  •  4 weeks ago  •  29 comments

By:   The Editorial Board (WSJ)

Now They Want a Pandemic 'Amnesty'
The school shutdown lobby now want voters to forgive them. Not so fast.

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Believe it or not, American Federation of Teachers chief Randi Weingarten on Monday tacitly acknowledged that keeping schools closed during the pandemic was a mistake. Miracles happen, apparently. But she also now wants parents—especially if they're voters next week—to forgive her and her political allies without seeking an apology or holding them accountable. Sorry, that lets them off way too easy.

"I agree," Ms. Weingarten tweeted a link to a piece in The Atlantic by Emily Oster, "Let's Declare a Pandemic Amnesty." The article argues that Americans should forgive experts and government leaders for their mistakes during the pandemic.

Ms. Oster cites school closures as one example: “There is an emerging (if not universal) consensus that schools in the U.S. were closed for too long: The health risks of in-school spread were relatively low, whereas the costs to students’ well-being and educational progress were high.”

However, she adds, “in spring and summer 2020, we had only glimmers of information. Reasonable people—people who cared about children and teachers—advocated on both sides of the reopening debate.”

That’s awfully generous to Team Shutdown, which included all of the progressive great and good and nearly all of the media. Yet it was clear by summer 2020 that children were at extremely low risk for severe illness. They were also struggling with remote learning, as were their parents. All efforts should have been made to reopen schools, as Florida did in August 2020, and to keep them open.

But the teachers’ unions lobbied hard to keep them closed and succeeded in far too many places where they dominate local and state politics. Many big city school districts didn’t reopen until spring 2021. Chicago didn’t offer full in-person learning until last fall. The results in lost learning have been catastrophic.





Ms. Oster pardons Ms. Weingarten because “on every topic, someone was eventually proved right, and someone else was proved wrong” and “in some instances, the right people were right for the wrong reasons.” You can guess who the right people are.





This plea for forgiveness would be more plausible if the shutdown lobby had shown more willingness during the pandemic to listen to other arguments that proved to be right. Instead they dismissed and tried to discredit the authors of the Great Barrington Declaration who argued for focused protection of the most vulnerable while opening schools. Tech platforms censored them.

Ms. Oster says “most errors were made by people who were working in earnest for the good of society.” But the teachers unions intentionally misled the public by hyping the virus risks for children. They did this to extort more money from Congress to “safely reopen” and compensate for learning losses from the shutdowns. Democrats gave them $122 billion last March, only about 15% of which was spent during the 2021-22 school year.

“Getting something wrong wasn’t a moral failing,” Ms. Oster writes. But in Ms. Weingarten’s case, it was.

One certainty: The left will never forgive the shutdown dissenters, notably Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, for being right


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Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
1  seeder  Vic Eldred    4 weeks ago

We could never forgive them. We have those e-mails between the Teacher's Union and the CDC. We remember how the teachers were given special status when the vaccine became available. Many of them never took it, yet that was ok and even concealed from the rest of us. We most of all recall how they would be able to go to the front of the line, before the most vulnerable.

They put our kids last.


Wouldn't you know, it would again be the Atlantic Magazine to again drive the discussion.

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
1.1  devangelical  replied to  Vic Eldred @1    4 weeks ago

oh well, live and learn. it should be a lot easier to weaponize the next pandemic against science deniers.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
1.1.1  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  devangelical @1.1    4 weeks ago

The greatest science deniers were named Fauci and Walensky.

May there be no "next time" for the evil left.

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
Professor Quiet
1.2  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Vic Eldred @1    4 weeks ago

They need to can Weingarten and her politicized cronies for the damage she has initiated in our schools. She is a menace to the education of our children in this country. Amnesty? Not a chance!

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
1.2.1  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @1.2    4 weeks ago

Getting rid of her will be a tall order.

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
Professor Quiet
1.2.2  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.2.1    4 weeks ago

That's the problem with some unions. Look at Jimmy Hoffa.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
1.2.3  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @1.2.2    4 weeks ago

Nixon did make a deal to get rid of Hoffa, which is kind of ironic since Hoffa supported Nixon in the 1960 election. As soon as Robert Kennedy became AG he went after Hoffa. Walter Reuther (UAW) was guilty of many of the same sins as Hoffa, but he supported JFK in 1960, thus we never heard a discouraging word about him.

BTW, the infamous Teamster's Pension Fund never lost a dime on the loans it made.

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
Professor Quiet
1.2.4  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.2.3    4 weeks ago

Very true.

 
 
 
Sparty On
Professor Principal
1.2.5  Sparty On  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @1.2    4 weeks ago

That’s the problem with a lot of unions.   They reward mediocrity.

Weingarten is a great example of that.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
Professor Guide
2  Jeremy Retired in NC    4 weeks ago

I think the only good thing that come out of the shut down was parents became more involved in what their kids were learning and found so much of it to be inappropriate or flat out racist.

As for "amnesty"?  Fuck that.  They caused irreparable damage.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
2.1  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @2    4 weeks ago
I think the only good thing that come out of the shut down was parents became more involved in what their kids were learning and found so much of it to be inappropriate or flat out racist.

Some of the only learning from 2020 was that of the parents.


As for "amnesty"?  Fuck that.  They caused irreparable damage.

Let's hand it to Emily Oster for creating a new phrase: "Pandemic Amnesty."

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
Professor Guide
2.1.1  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.1    4 weeks ago
Some of the only learning from 2020 was that of the parents.

And they were labeled "terrorists" by the left.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
2.1.2  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @2.1.1    4 weeks ago

To be harrassed & interogated by the FBI (Our modern day STASI)

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
Professor Guide
2.1.3  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.1.2    4 weeks ago

Now try to get them to admit to it and they'll tap dance all around the question trying to justify it with bullshit.

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
Professor Quiet
2.1.4  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.1.2    4 weeks ago

Agree 100%.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
2.1.5  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @2.1.3    4 weeks ago

Like Ann Miller!

 
 
 
Sparty On
Professor Principal
2.2  Sparty On  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @2    4 weeks ago
I think the only good thing that come out of the shut down was parents became more involved in what their kids were learning and found so much of it to be inappropriate or flat out racist.

Yep, spot on.

Unintended consequences of their draconian school shutdown policies.

Dumbasses!

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
3  JohnRussell    4 weeks ago

Heaven forbid that those charged with the safety of children err on the side of caution.  How disgusting of them! /s

The last time the world saw a pandemic on this scale 50 million people died worldwide from the "Spanish flu".  I dont hold it against the "experts" that they wanted to prevent a similar calamity. 

Grow the fuck up complainers. 

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
3.1  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  JohnRussell @3    4 weeks ago
Heaven forbid that those charged with the safety of children err on the side of caution. 

The Teacher's Union has never cared about school children. They were woke before the name was created.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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3.1.1  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.1    4 weeks ago

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Ed-NavDoc
Professor Quiet
3.2  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  JohnRussell @3    4 weeks ago

Are you a parent? Does not sound like it.

 
 
 
Greg Jones
Professor Guide
3.3  Greg Jones  replied to  JohnRussell @3    4 weeks ago

So you continue to deny the science?

 
 
 
Ronin2
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3.4  Ronin2  replied to  JohnRussell @3    4 weeks ago

Please reroute your rant to the children that are now years behind where they should be in education; and those parents whose teens committed suicide while being shut in and cut off from social development.

We paid millions extra into education to get smaller class sizes (and abide by Covid restrictions at the time) and moved teachers to the head of the line to get the Covid "vaccines"; only to receive the big FU. Teachers stayed home and forced remote learning on everyone.

Why don't you talk to the parents how their children were affected. 

You will not like the responses you get.

Democrats and the teachers union want a free pass? The midterms need to be a big FU to the Democrat Party.  The teachers union might get the point then.

 
 
 
Sunshine
Professor Participates
3.4.1  Sunshine  replied to  Ronin2 @3.4    4 weeks ago
Why don't you talk to the parents how their children were affected. 

I watched my two young grandchildren suffer through the COVD shutdown.

Horrible, absolutely horrible.

Seems those that it did not substantially negatively affect are quick to mouth off about forgiveness.

 
 
 
magicschoolbusdropout
Sophomore Principal
5  magicschoolbusdropout    4 weeks ago

Randi Weingarten wants "Amnesty" for her "fuckups", yet she's also out on the stump Bad Mouthing anyone that was/is standing against what she and others were caught doing when they Fucked Up,  and calling it Undemocratic !

Weingarten isn't ever about "Children", Weingarten is all about Her UNION !

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
Professor Principal
6  Perrie Halpern R.A.    4 weeks ago

Given that we didn't know how this virus would affect children, and the teachers that taught them, it was at first prudent to close schools. 

During other pandemics, i.e polio, schools were closed and students were taught over the radio in the 1930's, so this is not a new thing.

Everyone can play Monday morning quarterback. 

 
 
 
Sparty On
Professor Principal
6.1  Sparty On  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @6    4 weeks ago
Given that we didn't know how this virus would affect children, and the teachers that taught them, it was at first prudent to close schools. 

Of course it was but many states, schools and unions were slow to react when we did.   Unnecessarily exasperating the problem.

Weigarten gets an F in this regard.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
6.2  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @6    4 weeks ago

Teachers were given special status to recieve the very first vaccine, in the front of the line, in front of seniors!

Many never even got vaccinated.

 
 
 
independent Liberal
Freshman Quiet
7  independent Liberal    4 weeks ago

I don't really believe our medical professionals, public health officials and those in positions of power who made decisions during the pandemic want amnesty. They want us to forgive them for being stupid. We expected our medical professionals to offer solutions to the crisis, and they decided to hold the rope for idiots in positions of power. We knew the public Health officials were morons, and we knew our politicians were morons but our Doctors? This came as a shock and it eroded public trust in those we expect to have our best interests in mind.

 
 

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