To be clear: He is not that type of doctor. Peterson’s doctoral degree from the University of Colorado is in education administration, which he has done in the Minnetonka school district (current student population: 10,900) since 2001.
On Thursday, Peterson presented his recommendations to the school board to reopen the district under a “hybrid” model, one that allows for some teaching and some distance learning.
Peterson stated that no student would be forced to go to school in person and that some teachers do not want to come back, and others “may not be able to come back because of their own health risks.”
Those who can and do, will experience the unique challenge of trying to learn distance learning ̵
While the schools in Minneapolis and St. Paul will stick to distance learning to start the semester, the hybrid model is popular in the suburbs – at least among those who call the pictures. Most large suburban areas plan to reopen on a hybrid basis, reports Star Tribune.
Let’s hope the people in charge are a little better informed than Peterson, whose comments also drew the attention of the Minnesota Reformer. In his comments, Peterson seemed to question the value of sending students home in the first place.
“COVID is spreading outside schools,” he said, noting the obvious, but then observing that this preventative measure did not work to completely stop coronavirus.
“The closure in the spring was intended to prevent school-age children from infecting grandmothers and grandparents and vulnerable parents and other family members. How did it work? We still had thousands of grandmothers and grandmothers and got sick and many passed away. The system could not recognize that students who are not in school go to other places, and that others in our society were not careful about their interaction with other people.Family members or students got the virus from these other engagements, they passed it on to other citizens.We know for sure that no student got it from school, because they are not in school. “
Instead of just condemning risky behavior that takes place outside the school district’s control, Peterson sounds a little regrettable. If people continue to spread the virus and old people continue to die, why should schools be the only ones doing the right thing?
He then referred to a vague reference to “thousands of deaths and other health-related problems” caused by students’ stay at home and said: “Research shows that far more students suffered from the closure than from coronavirus.”
Yes, doctor. Do you think that the reason why students may not suffer as much from the coronavirus is because … the schools were closed?
“Other countries have successfully navigated the virus and not shut down,” said Peterson, who continued without indicating that the United States was one of them.
Peterson continued that school-age children “are not as affected by the virus and are not good carriers of the virus,” and recently called evidence to the contrary “just nervous” and “not validated by officials.”
If you do not count Dr. Anthony Fauci (many do!), Who said late last month that children as young as ten seem as capable of transmitting the virus as adults. Again, Fauci said that in an interview with MSNBC and Peterson, for one, is not so sure of the entire journalism industry.
“It feels like the media sometimes tends to emphasize the studies that scare people and increase concern about the threat of the virus,” he said. “The media has a mission to encourage people to stay away from each other and to stay away from companies and schools.”
(We do not.)
"There are probably more risks to our students and their families from the flu than there are with the virus."
This is a kind of throwback claim, as few have even tried to compare coronavirus and influenza since, say, March. But for Peterson's sake, here's an excerpt from a new National Geographic story:
In addition, researchers today have a better sense of how to measure COVID-19 mortality, and the numbers are alarming. Using a more sophisticated calculation called the infection mortality rate, combined with recent months' data values, recent best estimates show that COVID-19 is around 50 to 100 times more deadly than the seasonal flu on average.
This means that the United States and other countries that see fall disturbances must support a very deadly summer and autumn if tactics do not change.
We are still in the middle of the deadly summer, including in Minnesota, where 17 more people who tested positive for COVID-19 were reported dead over the weekend, raising the total to 1,657 so far, among a total of nearly 61,000 cases. latest data per Minnesota Public Radio is the age group with the highest rate of increase 20-29. Others are 0-19, the group Minnetonka and other school districts welcome back soon.
"I realize that every point I make will probably have someone who disagrees with it," Peterson said.
As it happens, one of them was Denise Specht, president of the Minnesota Teachers Union.
Administrators like this should have ethics complaints filed against them. Their code of ethics says:
"A school administrator shall take reasonable steps to protect students and staff from health and safety conditions." # ReopenSafely Thread 2 / x- Denise Specht (@DeniseSpecht) August 8, 2020
"A school administrator may not engage in conduct that involves dishonesty, fraud or misrepresentation in the performance of professional duties." Https://t.co/UndzUrLenT#ReopenSafely Thread 3/3- Denise Specht (@DeniseSpecht) August 8, 2020
We need to see if Peterson's optimism survives the month of August - or worse, if it's contagious.