Open the schools | 开学

We are in mid July.  The latest news says that many schools may not open for the fall, citing spike in coronavirus cases.

However, the lockdown has deprived the livelihood of millions of people, who used to be happy and thriving.  The lockdown has thrown everyone into a stress test.  Millions did not and millions will not pass the test.  Ten of millions of hardworking healthy people now have lost their jobs and their dignity to be self-reliant. With no jobs in sight, they are living on hand outs.

Closing schools further cripples the future of America.   Without classrooms that serve as center of knowledge, by leaving young students wandering in the internet wilderness without supervision, our young do not get a solid foundation of education, they risk misinformation, and will become less competitive and poorer workers.

America has never been in lockdown prior to Covid-19 and we thrived.   Strick lockdowns work in China but they will not work in America, a society used to freedom. Freedom does come with a heavy cost. Accepting that, let’s not to be weakened by fear. Let us be brave and thrive.

Given the danger that schools may continue to close in the fall, we at Magic Math Mandarin will dedicate more resource to our online classrooms to help meet our students’ needs.  We will NOT fail you!

For those who are too worried to back to living, we have compiled some information for you.  Learning history will put our fears in places where they belong.

    1. 1968 flu pandemic written by Kara Rogers, the senior editor of biomedical sciences at Encyclopedia Britannica, where she oversees a range of content from medicine and genetics to microorganisms.   The flu outbreak of 1968 was the third influenza pandemic of the 20th century and resulted in an estimated one million to four million deaths.   The virus is called the “H3N2”.  From the link, you can read about other pandemics too.
    2. The Forgotten Hong Kong Flu Pandemic of 1968 Has Lessons for Today written by John Fund, originally published by National Review.    Read the entire article as you should.   We quote Joel Hay, a professor of pharmaceutical economics and policy at the University of Southern California, says that the role of science has also changed. Medical technology has vastly improved from a time when people still did computations on slide rules. But the data it produces has seduced some into thinking that we know more than we actually do and that we can produce useful models to predict the course of this novel coronavirus disease. “We’re being bombarded with data, but we often act like the guy who looks for his keys under the lamppost because the light is better there,” he told me. “We aren’t asking more fundamental questions, like ‘Does this $20 trillion experiment in lockdowns actually work?’”
    3. History of Pandemics by Nicholas LePan for Visual Capitalist.

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