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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos tried to “school” Fox News host Chris Wallace this Sunday on the fact that the issue of whether to reopen schools this fall is one of the health of students vs the health of students, not “health vs something else.”
“We know that kids are suffering with many mental issues. We know that kids are suffering with social-emotional learning issues,” she explained during a lengthy discussion with Wallace on Fox News’ “Fox News Sunday.”
“We know that kids from vulnerable populations and homes have been suffering by not being in school and by not continuing their learning. All of those are measures that have to be weighed along with the risk of a virus, and we know again from the data that kids don’t get this virus the same way adults do.”
Those were the facts.
Watch the first half of the discussion below, or fast-forward to the 6:30 point to hear the specific remarks highlighted above:
(Source: Fox News)
She made the remarks after Wallace tried citing so-called public health “experts” to essentially argue that reopening schools might not be such a great idea.
However, Wallace wasn’t convinced by the secretary’s rebuttal. Is he ever? Not really …
“Do we know about how they spread the virus, because I’ve been told the science there isn’t so clear — how they spread the virus, conceivably, to their parents, to their grandparents, to teachers in their school, to custodians in the school?” he asked.
“That is something that is obviously continuing to be looked at and studied, and again, there’s a lot of data that suggests kids are not spreaders,” DeVos replied.
Yes, but any data that belies the so-called “experts'” preferred narrative — which is that the coronavirus is an apocalyptic-like event that requires the complete shutdown of society, except of course for when it comes to “racial justice” — is usually ignored by members of the media, including the likes of Wallace, as well as their beloved “experts.”
Case in point:
I can’t believe I’m writing this, but I have to: @ScottGottliebMD – former head of @fdagov – is either misinformed or simply misleading people about #COVID and children. We DO have data showing children are not important vectors (and are also at ~0 risk of death from the virus). https://t.co/miAUAeLxKx
— Alex Berenson (@AlexBerenson) May 7, 2020
Yet another report on kids and #Covid, this one from the Dutch public health institute, finds children are at ~0 risk from #SARSCoV2 and at miniscule risk of spreading it. Schools are now fully open in the Netherlands. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. REOPEN US SCHOOLS. https://t.co/035HXmOHNt pic.twitter.com/mtsdzV9PFV
— Alex Berenson (@AlexBerenson) June 29, 2020
“But the point is that kids have got to get back to school, and we can do that safely, and every community, every school, can look at what their actual physical circumstances are and figure out ways to do this safely,” DeVos continued.
“We’re doing it in many other areas of life. If we can get back in other areas of life, we certainly need to get back to school. Kids cannot afford to not continue learning. Our nation can’t afford to have kids not learning and preparing for their future.”
Wallace responded with his favorite word in the English language, “but.”
“But, but, but we’ve found the cost of getting back to regular life. In a lot of states, particularly in the south and the southwest, we reopened bars, we reopened restaurants, we reopened gyms, and we’ve seen a spike in cases that is almost double what he had in the height in the spring,” he kvetched.
“So it’s not like reopening is an answer. In many cases, it creates new problems,” he added, making it very clear how he, an employed Fox News contributor who reportedly earns $4 million per year, feels about working-class Americans being allowed to return to their jobs at bars, gyms and other venues.
Wallace then turned to trashing the United States by comparing the # of new cases in Germany, Denmark and Norway to the number of new cases here:
(Source: Fox News screengrab)
“Is it really fair, is it reasonable to compare the situation in countries that have 20 new cases in a day with a country that has 68,000 new cases in a day?” he said.
DeVos responded by gently turning his attention back to the actual matter at hand — school reopenings.
“We’re talking about schools, and other countries with reopening schools. And it has shown to be very successful. Kids have gone back to learning environments …,” she tried replying before Wallace cut her off again with a “but.”
“But, but schools happen in an environment. If there are 30 cases in a country, that’s very different from a place where it’s out of control and there are 70,000 new cases in a day,” he complained.
“We’re not talking about places where it’s out of control,” DeVos promptly responded. “We’re talking about the rule, not the exception. And where there are hotspots in the future in the fall, and of course that has to be dealt with differently.”
Watch the rest of the discussion below:
(Source: Fox News)
The discussion concluded with Wallace haranguing DeVos about her and President Donald Trump’s threat to cut off federal funding to schools that decide to go into vacation mode this fall instead of doing their jobs and teaching children.
“American investment in education is a promise to students and their families. If schools aren’t going to reopen and fulfill that promise, they shouldn’t get the funds. Then give it to the families to decide to go to a school that will meet that promise,” the education secretary bluntly responded.
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