The Governor's "GIFT" of Education
On Wednesday morning, Governor Walz made an announcement regarding Minnesota schools. Starting February 22, all middle and high school students can return to the classroom for hybrid or in-person learning. It is expected that all schools will offer some form of in-person learning by March 8. The on-going shutdown of education venues has been one of the most egregious failings of this administration despite the scientific data available many months ago that showed how limited the risks were in among student communities.
Perhaps more frustrating than his 'rah-rah, aren't we great' mood of the presentation was the continuing attitude of benevolent dictator granting us permission to enjoy life. I have a couple of statements I specifically want to respond to so if you missed the press conference, see these short video clips from the beginning of his presentation:
The Fabrication of Local Control
Giving control to local schools is an egregious twist of facts. School districts regained control of very little. If COVID positive tests in a rural county exceeded a low threshold (considering population density) schools lost control. Districts were required to adhere to mandates from the Governor’s office on myriad of details - not really local control.
Governor Walz' GIFT to High School Seniors
Gift??? Please, no more gifts! The mental gymnastics required to think that lifting a restriction that precluded spending Thanksgiving or Christmas with family, closing restaurants, bars, places of worship, schools, or any place where people would gather, socialize, interact, and be FREE is some how a gift is ludicrous. Removing those restrictions to allow students to receive adequate educational opportunities and achieve milestones like GRADUATION is not "a gift." The government does not - CANNOT - give gifts. Government is one thing only: it is raw power. The government can’t give you anything that it did not take from someone else first. It can’t give you a gift of freedom to assemble, associate, worship. It can only restrict those activities. Calling the lifting of a restriction "a gift" should be a rallying cry for everyone who values their very being. It is time to stop failing our students. But that starts with the idea that their achievements are not granted by the largesse of our benevolent authorities.