Concerns about sending kids back to school in the fall are ‘not backed by science’ – and people who prioritize their ‘political agendas’ know it, the former Princeton professor said on Sunday and Black Voices for Trump Advisory Board Member Carol Swain.
In an interview on “Fox & Friends,” Swain cited encouraging signs of foreign countries largely reopening their doors to younger children, and argued that there was “great risk” in keeping them at home. for the start of the school year.
“If you look at what global experts like the American Academy of Pediatrics, Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, UK experts are saying, children are not at risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19,” Swain said.
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“They have to go back to school. There is a great risk for them to stay at home, ”she added. “It disrupts the family structure, it disrupts learning and especially hurts the poorest children because they don’t have the resources for parents to hire someone to help them while they are working. ”
While some epidemiologists have warned that enough is not yet known about the virus for schools to reopen safely for all, others – including the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – argued that keeping them closed would pose an even greater threat to children.
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President Trump, who has been lobbying schools to reopen for weeks, on Thursday asked Congress to pledge schools $ 105 billion as part of the upcoming coronavirus stimulus bill.
While lawmakers should reflect on the matter, Swain expressed little optimism in a bipartisan conclusion, warning viewers: “Politics is at the root of everything.”
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“Whether we like it or not, there are people out there who don’t care about children,” she says. “They care about the election and see an opportunity to hurt President Trump by keeping everything shut.
“And so,” Swain added, “whatever happens in Congress, it’s not about our nation’s health, it’s not about children first. It is a question of political agendas. Unfortunately, it is like that in America today. ”
Julia Musto of Fox News contributed to this report.