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Flint Public Schools Extend Remote Learning Indefinitely

Schools in Flint, Michigan, are extending the virtual learning period for the foreseeable future. Haven't we learned that virtual learning comes at too high a cost?

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Public schools in Flint, Michigan, will stick with remote learning indefinitely, Flint Community Schools announced on Wednesday. The decision reverses last week's announcement that Flint schools would reopen on January 24. The promised reopening would've marked the end of three weeks of remote learning that have followed the district's holiday break, which also ran three weeks.

In his first at-home learning announcement to parents on January 9, Flint Superintendent Kevelin Jones cited the level of community transmission of the omicron variant of COVID-19 as the reason to continue remote learning.

"As you know, the safety and wellbeing of our scholars, families, teachers and staff remains our highest priority," Jones wrote. "By shifting to distance learning, we are mitigating the spread of COVID-19 while continuing to provide a continuity of learning to our scholars and focusing on their academic, social and emotional growth."

He added, "We understand the burden that this can cause for our families. We greatly apologize for the inconvenience and truly believe that in-person learning is the best for our scholars."

In a January 12 Board of Education meeting on virtual learning, Jones explained that "it is just not safe" to resume in-person school and that "we are going to be catching up, educationally, for a while anyway….We are going to have to catch up, but the world has not ended. We are going to keep going and keep educating."

However, data show that virtual learning has come at a steep cost for children. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study suggests that virtual learning has harmed children's physical, mental, and emotional health while placing additional stress on parents and driving some to cope by using alcohol and drugs. A McKinsey & Company report claims that the average learning loss for remote learners during the pandemic was 6.8 months. Black students fared much worse with 10.3 months of learning loss, a relevant statistic given that Flint's school district is 74.2 percent black.

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  1. First again?

  2. The water in Flint hurt the kids as well.

    1. But they're likely to have better water at home, so virtual learning may help.

    2. Plus, by “placing additional stress on parents and driving some to cope by using alcohol and drugs,” they’ve made Flint stoned!

      1. Yabba, Dabba, Doo

  3. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    *takes deep breath*

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    1. It's really funny to think about this relative to Reason's reporting about other school districts pulling almost literally one physical book from their shelves as being disastrous to free speech. The Flint School District effectively pulled every book from their libraries' shelves.

  4. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study suggests that virtual learning has harmed children's physical, mental, and emotional health while placing additional stress on parents and driving some to cope by using alcohol and drugs. A McKinsey & Company report claims that the average learning loss for remote learners during the pandemic was 6.8 months. Black students fared much worse with 10.3 months of learning loss, a relevant statistic given that Flint's school district is 74.2 percent black.

    For a disease with a considerably greater than 99% survivability.

    1. For kids it's much higher than that.

    2. I know! Let's not give a shit if anyone gets sick. That's the libertarian way - fuck you all!

      1. I know! Let's make children bear the brunt pf our irrational fears! That's the libertarian way! Fuck dem kids.

        1. Fuck dem kids.

          Except when we can fuck everyone else over by dancing on the corpse of one dead kid. Then fuck everyone else, I'm a radical individualist!

      2. If the policy saves .000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000001 lives, it's worth it!

      3. We get it. You’re super scared because you’re obese.

      4. Children are always the one asked to sacrifice for the elderly in a healthy society.

        1. I think the elderly should be sacrificed. After all their use as productive citizens have ended and they're only drags on society now.
          Sorta like homeless people.

          1. Hey, you agree with sacrificing children for the elderly. Good to know. Seems healthy.

            1. ...he literally said take grampa first.

            2. You need to learn how to prioritize risk.
              That starts with understanding there is no such thing as zero risk.

        2. Like on the titanic, wemon and obese progressives first

    3. Not your concern unless you are a parent in Flint. If the parents thing this is a problem they would band together and vote for a new school board. Apparently, most don't give a shit. Why should you?

  5. what is the graduation rate of Flint Schools? Average SAT score (Math and Verbal)? Reading levels of say 4th graders and 8th graders. I am betting Flint failed a long long time ago. And as a libertarian you get the schools you deserve if you don't vote the board out..public schools in places like Flint are primarily an employment gig for public sector unions and well-connected companies who supply the schools. Honestly I'd bet most if not all of the "stakeholders" in the Flint school admin/grifters cares much about educating the kids.

    1. It won't be the same as Farmington Hills , Grosse Pointe or Bloomfield Hills.
      Even some of the schools up north here are much better.

  6. “Haven’t we learned….?” No, “we” haven’t. But don’t feel bad….the kids are learning even less.

  7. I would say I'm shocked that the people running the school board of an impoverished suburb of Detroit (failed city) care so little about education but I'm not. The grift will continue like it always has because the people are too poor and uneducated to do anything about it.

    1. Flint is not a suburb of Detroit.

    2. These problems proliferate in urban areas. Schools a long long time ago stopped being about educating kids versus making money for the educational lobby. The whole idea of "PTA Moms" getting elected to school boards and managing a 200Million dollar budget/organization coopted by govt unions and contractors and the "educational elites" has failed. Schools districts should be placed under the control of the local elected mayor or town supervisor or city manage. They appoint someone from the private sector to run the schools. If the schools fail you vote the Mayor out. No special elections for school board or school budget. That model has failed...

      1. Big schools have Superintendents that have doctorates. They specialize in School accounting. Most likely they also have an accountant, specializing in school accounting.
        Spend a year going to school board meetings and you will learn there is very little room for decision making. 90%+ of the budget is set in stone by legislation. X% instruction salary, Y% administration, W% transportation, etc.

  8. "Flint Public Schools Ends Learning Indefinitely"
    Should be great for the kids futures that are growing up there.

  9. So just pay a few teachers to produce quality video instruction and fire all of these superfluous "teachers"

    1. Just buy for every parent the Ron Paul Home School program. Im sure they would do better than being taught by elementary teachers who struggle with addition/subtraction and live in fear of covid

  10. Ahhhh, Flint. The anus of Michigan. So glad I live hours away from there, up north, close to nature and not having to worry about someone breaking in and stealing everything; decent water and the schools are open.

  11. Do you know the best way to ensure poor/black/brown children get the best start in life? Close their schools so they roam the streets instead of getting an education! That'll put them on equal footing to the middle-class white people who insist schools stay closed because Covid is the only danger we could possibly ever face, ever. And I mean EVER!

  12. This must all be shocking to someone who thinks the government is accountable to the people through elections, therefore it does what’s best.

  13. Close schools to prevent Covid spread, but ship infected patients back to nursing homes and lie about the number of dead.

    Don't even have to check to know it's a blue state.

  14. Jones wrote. "By shifting to distance learning, we are mitigating the spread of COVID-19...

    Unless every kid is wrapped in bubble wrap and isolated, they will be exposed to omicron regardless of attending school. Seems like there is no mitigation happening with the action. I wonder if Jones believes the stuff he says?

  15. "Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard."
    Well said, Mr. Mencken

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