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The wrong way to reopen schools

Teachers union members, activists and allies march to the L.A. Unified School District headquarters in downtown Los Angeles on Aug. 3 to demand a "safe, scientific, racially just and fully funded approach to reopening schools." <span class="copyright">(Los Angeles Times)</span>
Teachers union members, activists and allies march to the L.A. Unified School District headquarters in downtown Los Angeles on Aug. 3 to demand a “safe, scientific, racially just and fully funded approach to reopening schools.” (Los Angeles Times)

Despite all the fears about reopening schools, we actually know a fair amount from watching other countries about how to do it safely. Success looks a lot like Uruguay and Denmark. It does not look like Israel.

And it bears no resemblance at all to what’s shown in a photo from North Paulding High School in Dallas, Ga., in which teenagers are packed into a hallway, few of them wearing masks. Even before classes there began, members of the school’s football team had already been diagnosed with COVID-19. On Sunday, the school announced that nine infections had been reported in the first week of classes, and it was temporarily moving to online-only

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Mom Doesn’t Think Her Teen’s Online Friends Are ‘Real’ Friends; She Is So Wrong

For most of us, 14 was an age of insecurity and social upheaval, when we had to figure out that teenage friendships are very different from childhood ones. Through all that, many of us found comfort in the friends we met online, who were far removed from the social strata of our schools. Yet there still remains a stigma around online friends, even to parents who grew up in the digital age. We see that in the story of a mother who decided to cut off all of her daughter’s online friendships to teach her a lesson.

“My daughter is 14 and hasn’t talked to any real person in five months ever since quarantine started,” thewtydg began her post on Reddit’s AITA forum this week. “She instead has been making friends online. I tried to tell her that online friends are not real friends and that she needs to talk

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The United States Is Reopening Many of the Wrong Schools

With coronavirus cases spiking in dozens of states, the prospect of anything resembling a normal school year is fading fast.

Schools can’t safely reopen if infections are exploding in the communities they serve.

But in regions where the pandemic appears to be under control, it is most important to get the youngest children back into school buildings, to stop the alarming slide in their learning. Older students, especially those in college, are better equipped to cope with the difficulties of online education.

That is the broad consensus among experts on back-to-school priorities. But, as things stand now, much of the United States is preparing to do exactly the opposite.

In many towns, college students are more likely than kindergartners to return to school for in-person instruction. An example is my home of Ann Arbor, Michigan, where schoolchildren will be learning completely online and university students will be attending at least

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