Education performance in the United Sates has fallen from #1 in the world in 1973 to #17 in 2013. Middle of the pack in science, math & reading in 2015. During that timeframe we added the DOE, lowered standards, lowered grading scales and spent trillions of dollars, only to see results dramatically decline against the rest of the world. The left wants more money spent to solve the problem. The right wants the DOE eliminated and local control restored. State Rankings by Size & Money. State Rankings Best & Worst. State Funding per Student. Textbooks are also a political battleground. Tax dollars are being used to buy textbooks that make claims like: 1. Christopher Columbus ordered the 'complete genocide' of Native Americans. 2. Members of the Boston Tea Party were 'terrorists'. 3. Lee Harvey Oswald shot President John F Kennedy because he was a 'deeply disturbed Marine'; not because he was a committed Marxist. 4. During Ronald Reagan presidency the 'poor got poorer', inferring that his policies were targeted to such a result. Where is the truth? See the debate in this section.

What's the risk of kids going back to school?

from The Gray Area:

The CDC has agreed with President Trump that kids should go back to school. Only exception, some current COVID hot spots.

Makes sense.

What have we learned about this disease & kids?

We have learned that children are not affected very much at all by this disease.

We have learned the disease seriously affects a very specific subset of our population. For those groups we have to be very careful, including kids with underlying conditions.

We have learned that we have better ways to treat the disease now than we did early on.

We have learned that the disease is NOT a death sentence.

A few simple statistics:

According to these stats, 1 in 1,000,000 kids could die going back to school. They are at greater risk from car accidents.

Here is a list of activities which doctors in Texas have assigned a COVID risk factor. It shows 'sending kids to school' rated as 6 out of 10.

Seems like a cautious, but realistic, assessment of risk to me.

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