From Diane Ravitch:
It's easy to be confused about whether it’s safe to resume in-person instruction. Schools in Europe, which were quick to reopen a few months ago, are closed now due to a resurgence of COVID-19. Experts, including the new head of the CDC, say it’s safe to reopen, even if teachers have not been vaccinated.
Steven Singer does not agree. From the onset of the pandemic, he has worried about reopening too soon. Now he wants to know why Dr. Rochelle Walensky says it is not safe to go to a Super Bowl party, but safe to reopen schools without vaccinating teachers. He says Dr. Walensky is engaged in magical thinking. He asks: Why are schools safer than Super Bowl parties?
Singer is Gadfly on the Wall. First, he worries about the continuing politicization of the CDC in the post Trump era.
Less than a month ago, health memos from the organization were being edited by Kellyanne Conway and Ivanka Trump. In September the White House blocked the agency from issuing a nationwide requirement that masks be worn on all public transportation.
He then goes after the CDC's lack of science in favoring one type of large indoor gathering ovanother.
Why are you using your platform as head of the CDC to promote magical thinking?
Because that’s exactly what this is – magical thinking.
It’s not science.
Science doesn’t offer policy. It looks at very narrow questions and determines what may have caused what.
It works hand-in-hand with logic and reason. Otherwise, it’s invalid.
And the fact that your statements don’t add up disproves at least one of them.
Either large groups are a danger or they’re not.
If they’re not, then we can reopen schools AND go to Super Bowl parties.
If they are a danger (as a preponderance of evidence shows), then what is it about schools that makes them safer than Super Bowl parties?
Answer: Absolutely nothing!
He then gives the reasons why in-person schooling is more dangerous than a Super Bowl party. It is hard to argue with Singer. The