Tuesday Open Thread

“Good news is rare these days, and every glittering ounce of it should be cherished and hoarded and worshipped and fondled like a priceless diamond.”

–Hunter S. Thompson

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  1. JohnInDenver says:

    I’m sure you will all be fascinated by the details of what is, in general, blindingly obvious.

    CP: “Survey: Most Democratic Colorado Parents Support Students Wearing Masks In Schools, While Most Republican Parents Do Not”

    The online survey of 516 parents and guardians of K-12 students in Colorado was conducted by Magellan Strategies, a Colorado-based firm that conducts resident and voter opinion surveys. The interviews were conducted from August 9 to 16. The survey has a margin of error of /- 4.31 percent.

    There apparently wasn’t a question about WHY those Republican parents want to have their kids (and thus their families) play Viral roulette. Closest approximation is a researcher’s quote:

    Winger said some of the parental disapproval reflected the belief that some decisions — like quarantining young children — weren’t justified by science. He said much of the disapproval came from how changes were communicated to families. 

    “They felt like every day that something new might change and they simply were unable to prepare for it,” Winger said. “It wasn’t necessarily the decisions [that] the local school district [was] making, but it was the idea that going into any given day, you didn’t know what was going to happen or whether your children were going to have to quarantine.”

    Yeah, really.  “you didn’t know what was going to happen” is something that only comes from random school decisions and not from, say, viral infection.

    • kwtree says:

      I recently was exposed to COVID by an elementary school student. (I’m fine, fully vaxxed and testing negative so far).

      But you can bet that I stay well away from kiddos sporting MAGA or Gadsden flag or Trump regalia. Avoid them like the plague, pun intended, mask or no mask.

      I still teach them, for educational equity’s sake, but I observe social distancing more carefully. And I’m in a suburban , blue area. When I taught in a red county, a third of my classes were Trumpers. I feel for rural teachers today.

      The youngest kids, under 12, are the real victims here. They have no politics, could care less about whatever their parents are screaming at the TV about. And they cannot get a vaccination yet. But they can get sick… real sick …children are taking up 3% of ICU COVID beds nationwide, more in hotspots in red states. it is just not fair.

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