March 6, 2021

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Is Going Back to In-Person Learning “White Privilege”?

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The president of the Pasco Association of Educators (PAE) in Washington state, Scott Wilson, claimed that re-opening schools for in-person learning is “white supremacy.” He also said that concerns about students’ mental health are an example of “white privilege.”

The Chicago Teachers Union made similar comments months ago, claiming that the re-opening of schools is both “racist” and “sexist.”

Wilson’s comments were recorded during one of the board of education’s Zoom meetings.

Wilson compared efforts to reopening school to the riot that took place at the United States Capitol Building on January 6th.

“There are decisions to be made. You stand on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol as people break down barriers and head to the doors. Do you follow?” Wilson asked. “You stand at the governor’s mansion. The crowd breaks down barriers to enter the grounds. Do you follow? Or do you choose a different way? We must not ignore the culture of white supremacy and white privilege.”

“We speak of equity, we speak of care of all students, yet we listen and attend to voices saying ‘Reopen everything, I’m free to breathe,’ supporting white privilege,” he added.

“[Parents] complain their children are suicidal without school or sports,” Wilson continued. “As a father, daily surviving the suicide of my son, I find these statements ignorant and another expression of white privilege.”

But concerns over students’ mental health amid Covid-19 shutdowns are entirely valid. School administrators across the nation note that students may be resilient academically, but they depend of social interaction during these formative years.

“Superintendents across the nation are weighing the benefit of in-person education against the cost of public health, watching teachers and staff become sick and, in some cases, die, but also seeing the psychological and academic toll that school closings are having on children nearly a year in,” the New York Times reported Sunday. “The risk of student suicides has quietly stirred many district leaders, leading some, like the state superintendent in Arizona, to cite that fear in public pleas to help mitigate the virus’s spread.”

“Mental health problems account for a growing proportion of children’s visits to hospital emergency rooms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” a Washington Post report said last week. “From March, when the pandemic was declared, to October, the figure was up 31 percent for those 12 to 17 years old and 24 percent for children ages 5 to 11 compared with the same period in 2019.”

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18 thoughts on “Is Going Back to In-Person Learning “White Privilege”?

    1. I totally agree with Eugene and in addition would like to add that it is a shame that through modern medicine we still can’t find a cure for stupid. If anyone is racist it it those who make stupid statements like Mr. Wilson.

  1. I don’t know the author of these foolish and biased words. Everything that happens is because of white privilege. As a retired police officer, I’m usually very saddened for the parents of a child that has committed suicide. In this instance after a few paragraphs of this person’s thoughts {if you can call them thoughts} I understand why the child committed suicide, they are truly in a better place, then living with an ignorant, biased parent.

  2. Why not have everyone home school? That way, parents control what their children are being taught. It will also save the government lots of money, and maybe it will improve the 1 out of 5 now graduating high school functionally illiterate.

  3. The DEMONCRAPS are DEMON followers of SATAN. What comes out of there mouths is nothing but a SERPENT TONGUE OF LIES. SEWER GUTTER TRASH SCUMBAGS. This RACIST shit doesn’t fly with me. GO TO HELL 👹👹👹👹👹👹👹👹👹👹👹👹👺👺👺👺👺👺👺👺👺👺👺👺🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥…

  4. Why would we need to pay teachers if on line learning is used rather than face to face teaching. Sounds like a mass unemployment wish to demand on line teaching. Good way to get rid of teacher unions too.

  5. Bull crap. So sick of everything being “white privileged.” What about “black privilege?” That’s all we ever hear anymore. Sick of this crap.

  6. Kids need to be back in school. This has nothing to do with race. America has got to stop this bull crap about race with every single thing in life. Children need to have their normal lives back and that consist of being with their friends, having class in school with their teachers in a classroom setting. Stop with this Democrat nonsense. Children have depression just like adults do. Give them their lives back and stop making this Covid sound worse than it really is. Where are all the flu cases at this year? Where are all the other normal deaths we see every year but we have not seen since this man made Covid came into the equation? The government is trying to scare the American people into believing everything is so bad so they can control us and it is working for the most part. Get over it and live your life.

  7. I am getting so sick of hear “white privilege” and “racist”! Look at what has been taking place the last year and you tell me what “color” has privilege and what “color” us racist. J

  8. In reading this article one thing is obvious. Neither the writer nor those quoted in the article bother to explain how or why sending school children back to classrooms reflects “white privilege. Like so much of critical race theory, white privilege is nothing but jargon and meaningless concepts.

  9. These people have lost the ability to have any rational thought process at all. That or they are just pure evil. Or both. Nothing they say makes any sense whatsoever. I can’t believe there are more than a couple people who actually think this way. What happened to their minds? This is extremely sick and destructive and dangerous!!!

  10. What political or ethnic group came up with this White Privilege horse turd phrase? How can going back to school be favoring one ethnic group over another? I went to PS 215 in Brooklyn in the 1940s with Black, Brown, Oriental kids who were Jews, Christian, Muslim, Hindu etc. Some were Poles, Italian, Swedes, German, Irish, Russian etc. (the German kids had bullying problems because of the war) We were all privileged American kids who could get our primary education because of our American system. Now, ask yourself what has changed in the last 75 years? I think it was/is crappy parenting, rampant welfare systems and poor education standards for underprivileged kids. These kids are screwed from their start in life because of their poor choice of parents. Did the color of their skin cause this? could white privilege be a function of more whites in the general population? Peace and good healthy times to all.

  11. I fail to understand how it is possible that since Joe Biden and Kamala Harris took office that the COVID 19 pandemic has miraculously disappeared in New York , California and Nevada. The cities are on there way to recovery, all doors are opening, life is going back to pre-COVID normalcy. Science dictates the virus does not affect the youth as much as adults with pre-existing conditions. So, why are schools not opening…… because teachers get paid weather they teach or not. Teachers have alway been paid during summer vacation. So what’s the difference now, the well being of the students ? I believe it’s the lazy, mediocre teachers, who don’t want to teach. The teachers who want a pay check for doing nothing. If educating is so difficult, why did they choose to be teachers? I think our education system has failed the students, the parents and society in general.
    The COVID social rules has not stopped the pandemic. The States of Florida and Georgia did shut down completely, the economies remained strong as opposed to California and New York. They shut down everything and their economies have suffered substantially. What the answer? Common sense, common courtesy, and common concern about those around you.

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