After the wonderful progress made in the last two years, they're back for more "remote learning."
Why are we not surprised to find this headline in today’s Tribune web site*:
Health officials warn remote learning could return
(Which is actually via the Trib’s “partner,” KOIN, but such are the strange ways of Portland media.)
Said whoever rewrote this item of our government’s Early-Warning Trial Balloon dept.:
Amid another outbreak of cases in multiple schools across Oregon, health and education officials released a joint advisory Friday recommending that school administrators return to COVID-19 safety measures before remote learning becomes necessary.
The Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Department of Education renewed their calls for caution "in direct response" to COVID-19 cases rising in six counties and other respiratory diseases spreading in communities across the state.
"As students and staff have gathered indoors without face coverings for protection, Oregon has experienced an increase in cases of respiratory diseases, including COVID-19," officials said...
Short version: let’s beat up the kiddies once more.
Let’s ignore the fact—stated even by the CDC and WHO—that kids are the least likely to become seriously ill or, even rarer, die from the rapidly-mutating virus. And let’s ignore that serious medical people say that kids should get a case of the milder Omicron variant, which will give them immunity that surpasses the jabs—which do a dandy job of protecting people from the original Wuhan virus’s spike which is now extinct.
Kinda like driving a Model T in a Formula One race at LeMans.
All this is unknown to the administrators of the public monopoly education system. They’re busy prefabricating “social justice” warriors. Please don’t bother them.
Ditto the wanna-be epidemiologists and modelers at OHA and OHSU, whose brains seem to have shut down sometime in late 2020. How else to describe the following little graphic in their “Breakthrough Cases” report…
And, in a footnote, OHA admits that:
Overall, 207,952 vaccine breakthrough cases have been identified in Oregon. Of these, 52,998 (25.5%) were fully vaccinated and boosted at the time of infection…. There have been a total of 13,647 (6.6%) cases aged 12-17.
Seems like a whole buncha “breakthroughs.” But then it’s now widely-known that the mRNA vaxxes do not prevent infection, nor keep infection from spreading (ie., “leaky” and “non-sterilizing”).
Think about that last sentence and then ask yourself if anyone at Portland’s education factories knows those numbers. Or cares.
As an actual epidemiologist, Vijay Prasad (he’s from Stanford University), said…
Every single person on earth will get Covid. There is no way to avoid it.
But—hey!—this is Portland and we’re different!
But Lock Down we must! Although returns from the vast sociological and educational experiment of ‘20-’22 is dribbling in…
Amplify, the curriculum and assessment provider, examined its test data for some 400,000 elementary school students across 37 states. It found a spike in students not reading at grade level, with the literacy losses “disproportionately concentrated in the early elementary grades (K-2).”
Before the pandemic, 55% of kindergartners were on track in reading skills. That fell to 37% in 2020–2021 and 47% this school year. The year before the pandemic, only 29% of kindergartners were deemed “far behind” in early literacy skills. That rose to 47% and 37% the first and second year of the pandemic.
But every parent in Portland knows this. They wonder why their kids are still cowering behind their silly cloth masks. They might even wonder what the damn face diapers are doing to their fearful kids.
Here’s an answer from a research team at Italian universities who asked the simple question: what happens when a kid re-inhales his exhalations? Where does that CO2 go?
In our sample of healthy individuals, at rest, after a few minutes of surgical masks use, the mean inhaled air CO2 approached the occupational exposure limit of 5000 ppm, and this threshold was largely exceeded when wearing FFP2 respirators. Notably, the CO2 concentration significantly increased with increasing respiratory rates, reaching around 5200 ppm in those breathing at 18 or more breaths per minute with surgical masks, and the minors showed substantially higher CO2 concentrations than adults.
(The FFP2 respirators were similar to that ol’ American favorite of the truly paranoid, the N95.)
Makes sense, if you bother thinking: what mother nature treats as garbage, something to be tossed out, is now re-inhaled over and over and over…by command of the state.
Symptoms of this self-medicating: headaches, failure to concentrate, drowsiness and reduced cognitive performance. Just what the doctor ordered for kids who haven’t been in a classroom for two years!
Meanwhile, over in England, where the national health system keeps reliable statistics (as opposed to the anything-goes USA), we have the latest look-back at what Covid—and their government—did to the kiddies.
Covid restrictions have left a generation of babies and toddlers struggling to crawl and communicate, according to an Ofsted [Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills] report.
Young children at childminders and nurseries are struggling with making friends, speech and language and using the toilet independently, inspectors found.
Children were not socialising with each other as much because of communication problems, lacked confidence and were shy and anxious, with babies in particular not used to seeing different faces.
There are also delays in babies learning to crawl and walk and some children had regressed, meaning they needed help with skills such as putting on their coats and blowing their nose.
What about the kiddies in our schools? There is general agreement that educational performance suffered—the sources are numerous, but here’s a taste:
Since the kids returned full-time, schools — from New Jersey to California, from Missouri to South Carolina, from Georgia to Oregon — are grappling with all kinds of discipline issues. As one principal described, “In the first nine weeks of school, we had more physical aggression in terms of fights than we probably had in the last maybe three or four years combined.”
Sounds like someone’s been re-breathing in those damn masks!
*Which makes the OregonLive site look like a trainwreck.