Opinion: The first thing Glenn Youngkin should do

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/01/13/glenn-youngkin-should-ban-remote-learning-in-public-schools/

Small government, intellectual freedom, anti-indoctrination Republican Hugh Hewitt wants the state to take over all education in the Commonwealth and use the military as staff (including in classroom).

49 thoughts on “Opinion: The first thing Glenn Youngkin should do

  1. RE: “take over all education in the Commonwealth and use the military as staff (including in classroom).”

    That’s not really it. The proposal is to declare an end to remote learning and open schools that are currently closed.

    I’m in favor of those objectives. Marching National Guard troops into classrooms to allow children to go to school might seem like overkill, but it has been done before.

    Perhaps Youngkin can restore the civil rights of the children and their parents in a less dramatic way.

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    1. “That’s not really it. The proposal is to declare an end to remote learning and open schools that are currently closed.”
      But that is how he’s proposing to make it happen. And he’s not talking about NG escorting black kids into schools refusing to integrate; he’s talking about NG staffing the schools and possibly giving instruction.

      In the same election cycle in the same state, Republicans have gone from “no student indoctrination in schools [CRT]” to “maybe the military should just be running schools.”

      Whatever happened to small government and local communities making decisions for themselves?

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      1. RE: “Whatever happened to small government and local communities making decisions for themselves?”

        State and federal funding; centralized government.

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          1. You regularly condemn the idea of central government, as most Libertarians do. Now, all of a sudden, there is a Republican governor and now you are cheering for government intervention.

            Can’t wait to hear what Dr. Semantics says this time. You tend to flip flop more that John Edwards, but at least you are spry enough to do so without pulling something.

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          2. How much “cheering for intervention” do you see in this sentence: “Perhaps Youngkin can restore the civil rights of the children and their parents in a less dramatic way.”

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    1. Schools aren’t being closed because of “wokeness,” whatever that means for you people on any given day. They’re being closed because people are sick and they don’t have the staff to keep them open.

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      1. RE: “They’re being closed because people are sick and they don’t have the staff to keep them open.”

        That’s hard to believe. Virginia hospitals don’t appear to be overflowing. If teachers aren’t going to work, I’d look for some other explanation.

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        1. Sentara recently announced they were suspending all “elective” surgeries and procedures.

          But a teacher doesn’t have to be hospitalized to be sick and need to stay home and quarantine for at least a week.

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        2. RE: “Sentara recently announced they were suspending all ‘elective’ surgeries and procedures.”

          And yet, the total inpatient population and quantity of empty beds across the state is roughly the same today as it was a year ago. Sentara’s announcement doesn’t tell us anything about sick teachers being unable to work.

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          1. Again, the hospitals are irrelevant. If you are sick with this particular highly contagious, potentially deadly disease, the accepted best practice is to quarantine at home for 5-10 days.

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          2. Fine. Then show us some data that illustrates how schools are understaffed because of sickness by Covid. Sentara’s announcement is insufficient.

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          3. RE: “Yeah but, yeah but. How sick are they?”

            Not the point. One or two staff testing positive in a few schools for Covid is not the same as closing schools due to Covid causing teacher shortages.

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        3. My daughter has been off since Monday, quarantining @ home, because she has contracted COVID-19, probably Omicron. She is not alone. It doesn’t take 40% of the teachers and support staff to be in the hospital for the schools to be unable to provide the education they are supposed to.

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          1. Is she sick, or is she quarantining as the result of a positive test result? I hope she’s not sick, but if she’s not working because of positive test that opens up a whole different can of worms.

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          2. Positive test. And now her husband and both children have tested positive. AND all have mild to moderate symptoms. My wife is awaiting the results of her test this morning and is quarantining in our spare bedroom. Luckily it will be over for them in 8 days.

            …”if she’s not working because of positive test that opens up a whole different can of worms.”

            What can of worms? If you test positive, you are to quarantine for 5 days if vaccinated or ten if not.

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          3. RE: “What can of worms?”

            All the worms associated with the quality of the test results. Some Covid tests have high rates of false positives. Here’s hoping the symptoms your family are having clear up soon.

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          4. RE: “you are dragging out old news on veracity of test results just to make some asinine point.”

            What assinine point are you referring to? A claim has been made. No justification for it has been offered. Are you of the opinion we should believe things just because they “sound” true?

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          5. The test was administered at the school. There is no reason to doubt the veracity of the test results, except for someone who is so anti-EVERYTHING, except his own perverted views, to raise doubt.

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        1. “I can read.”

          Yeah, me too.

          Once again, here is a pretty good definition of “woke” – “alert to injustice in society, especially racism.”

          So, is that a bad thing, or do you have your own personal definition that leads to your constant grousing?

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          1. The drive for equity at the expense of equality is a toxic and divisive Marxist goal. Rational decisions can only be made going forward, vengeance for past wrongs by people long dead should play no part in government,

            Wokeness is flat out evil that can only set people against each other.

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          2. “Vengeance”?

            The problems we have with race are not new. When Civil Rights legislation passed that was just the first legal acknowledgment that the African-Americans were no longer second class citizens.

            Cultural acknowledgment takes longer. Red lining continued for decades. So did job discrimination.

            Much of that has been addressed, but the lingering of both racial animus and resentment still hamper the goals of total racial equality and acceptance.

            It took the Irish and Italians a century or more to overcome ethnic discrimination. And they were Caucasian and could intermarry with Germans and other Northern Europeans easily after a few generations. Skin color lingers a lot longer than accents, so the assimilation is less likely over a short period of time.

            Yes, there are issues that seem intractable if one side of the racial divide is demanding more than the other side is willing to give. But that is nothing new in human history. What is new is the power structure of Eurocentrist races are dwindling, both perceptively and, by demographics, actually. I think the perception is because the minorities are gaining, Whites are losing. When it is really not zero sum.

            In my opinion.

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          3. Marxist? Really?

            There ought to be a Godwin’s Law for that.

            The fact that you see “vengeance” at play when non-white people demand EQUAL treatment in society, under the law, and in the economy maybe explains why you are always grousing and seeing your version of “woke” around every topic. As someone once put it. . . When you’re accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression

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          4. “When have I advocated any group be given advantage over another by government?”

            Well, farmers and “country folk” come to mind. According to you they should be able to dictate to the majority on matters of national public policy. And, as a matter of fact, they do.

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  2. What you claim is not in this opinion piece. It said NG could perform admin duties and bus driving, cooking, etc. It said retired military could be tapped to help fill in for instruction as well as higher education professors.

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      1. You claimed a “take over [of] all education” when in fact the proposal is only to end remote learning and open closed schools.

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        1. Amazing how you fail to notice the extremist, hyped up, alarmist sensationalized crap for the RIGHT that occurs in every election cycle.

          Youngkin called for a ban on something that does not exist and a call for something that is already in the law. He played on those fears, in the same manner Trump did, to get elected, by sensationalizing a really, really big load of fertilizer.

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