Education

The pseudoscience behind the right-wing drive to force schools to open

Part two

By Benjamin Mateus, 2 September 2020

The ruling elites and their legion of state and local officials are furiously pushing to open schools and universities. However, recent published studies have provided ample evidence that school openings will drive the pandemic toward a second, potentially larger, wave.

Opposition grows to British Columbia NDP government’s reckless school reopening

By Alexandra Greene, 1 September 2020

The BC NDP government is receiving critical support for its reckless back-to-school drive from the B.C. Teachers Federation, which, while mouthing oppositional sounding phrases, is helping organize the return to class.

The pseudoscience behind the right-wing drive to force schools to open

Part one

By Benjamin Mateus, 1 September 2020

The ruling elites and their legion of state and local officials are furiously pushing to open schools and universities. However, recent published studies have provided ample evidence that school openings will drive the pandemic towards a second potentially larger wave.

With thousands of new cases in US, opposition mounts against unsafe school and college reopenings

By Jerry White, 31 August 2020

Over the last three weeks, there have been at least 12,000 infections at public schools, universities and colleges in the US.

New York City teachers union holds strike authorization vote amidst mass opposition to school reopening

By Tim Avery, 31 August 2020

The United Federation of Teachers (UFT) aims to block rank-and-file educators from taking independent initiative against the policy or reopening schools.

Central Michigan University faces COVID-19 outbreak as campus opens

By Luke Galvin, 31 August 2020

Shorty after the opening of the fall semester CMU has seen 117 new COVID-19 cases as a result of the reckless decision to move ahead with in-person classes.

University of Florida graduate residents expose plans to quarantine COVID-19 victims in family housing

By Charles Sutter and Matthew MacEgan, 31 August 2020

The university management plans to quarantine people in family housing complexes in secret while pursuing a “herd immunity” strategy on campus.

Australian report reveals accelerating social inequality in education

By Erika Zimmer, 31 August 2020

The data exposes the fraud of the Gonski funding model, commissioned by the last federal Labor government, ostensibly to overcome the socioeconomic divide.

COVID-19 outbreaks continue unabated at US schools, putting millions at risk

By Renae Cassimeda, 29 August 2020

The past week has seen a deepening of the disastrous crisis surrounding the reopening of schools, with significant outbreaks occurring in schools across the country.

“They should shut everything down again until they get the virus under control”

Mississippi bus drivers walk out as schools push ahead with unsafe reopenings

By Emma Arceneaux, 29 August 2020

Deplorable working conditions and an immediate reduction of hours and pay impelled 45 percent of school bus drivers in Columbus, Mississippi to walk out on Monday.

Students, teachers, parents and nursery staff in Germany oppose school reopenings

By Gregor Link, 29 August 2020

As the country’s various state governments rush ahead with the policy of opening schools, growing numbers are expressing their opposition to the move.

Attend the UK online education forum Saturday September 5, 2pm

Form independent rank-and-file safety committees of teachers, educators, parents and students! For a general strike against the reopening of schools!

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 29 August 2020

The reopening of schools is based solely on utilising the education system as a childminding service to force parents into unsafe workplaces.

German students establish action committee against school reopenings

By Philipp Frisch, 28 August 2020

Students at a vocational school center in Dortmund have formed an action committee to oppose the reopening of schools during the coronavirus pandemic, the dangerous results of which they confront every day.

Ontario’s teachers unions facilitate right-wing Ford government’s reckless back-to-school drive

By Matthew Richter, 28 August 2020

Teachers, students, and their families are being forced to risk their lives in unsafe and under-resourced school buildings amid a raging pandemic.

Full transparency on COVID-19! Hands off Florida educators! Close schools now!

By Duval County Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 28 August 2020

The Florida Department of Health issued a mandate Tuesday censoring COVID-19 data within Duval public schools while state officials threatened the jobs of educators who oppose the deadly school openings.

“We refuse to lay down our lives for profit or participate in a poorly designed, underfunded, deadly experiment”

Florida educators launch rank-and-file committee to oppose unsafe school openings

By Duval County Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 27 August 2020

Teachers and their supporters have set up a rank-and-file safety committee in Duval County, Florida, which includes Jacksonville, the sixth largest school district in Florida, the state with the highest per capita infection rate in the US.

New York City’s school reopening plan: Anatomy of a crime

By Alberto Escalera, 27 August 2020

Mayor de Blasio, a self-proclaimed “progressive,” has proven just as willing to carry out the homicidal policy of school reopening amidst the pandemic as his most reactionary Republican counterparts.

New COVID-19 cases skyrocket at University of Alabama and University of North Carolina

By Matthew MacEgan, 26 August 2020

Since reopening in-person instruction, the University of Alabama has reported 566 new cases of COVID-19 and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 646 new cases.

Colorado teacher fired for raising concerns about school reopenings speaks to the WSWS

By Renae Cassimeda, 26 August 2020

A teacher from Fort Collins was recently fired for raising safety concerns as school openings in Colorado unfold in dangerous and piecemeal fashion, while the state now has 55,700 COVID-19 cases and 1,926 deaths.

German schools reopening without safety measures as coronavirus cases increase

By Marianne Arens and Gregor Link, 26 August 2020

The federal and state governments in Germany are setting the stage for a further explosion in the number of cases by reopening schools.

Teachers across the US join call-in meeting hosted by Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee

By Jerry White, 26 August 2020

More than 150 teachers, school employees and other workers from around the US and internationally participated in a call-in meeting to organize opposition to the unsafe opening of schools.

Court rules against Florida governor but schools to remain open

By Alex Johnson, 25 August 2020

The court decision, however, does not guarantee that schools will remain closed and in-person classroom learning will be halted until daily case rates for COVID-19 reach below 5 percent.

First week back on campus amid the COVID-19 pandemic: A US college student’s first-hand account

By an Albion College student, 25 August 2020

Albion College in south-central Michigan promised a safe return, but one student’s experience reveals a different picture, one of unsanitary rooms, a lack of sanitization supplies, failing protocols, and a testing regime full of holes.

NTEU appeals for negotiations after Australia’s Macquarie University announces massive job cuts

By a correspondent, 25 August 2020

The trade union has signalled its willingness to enforce sweeping job destruction, in line with its role an industrial police force of management.

UK: WSWS survey finds support for a general strike against school reopening

By Tom Pearce and Charlotte Salthill, 25 August 2020

More than 200 parents and staff from secondary, primary and early years settings responded to the survey, from locations across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, registering overwhelming opposition to the resumption of classes under such unsafe conditions.

States and counties across US conceal COVID-19 outbreaks at schools

By Evan Blake, 24 August 2020

The policy of concealing cases has become the modus operandi across industries and serves as a mechanism for implementing the homicidal return-to-work campaign of the ruling class.

Florida court set to rule on lawsuit challenging in-person schooling

By Alex Johnson and Matthew MacEgan, 24 August 2020

The court is set to decide on a challenge by the Florida Education Association to Governor Ron DeSantis’s edict for face-to-face instruction.

Private schools in Massachusetts to get rapid COVID-19 testing

By Will McCalliss, 24 August 2020

The project is being initiated by the Broad Institute in Cambridge, which is associated with the Broad Foundation, best known for its school privatization efforts around the country.

European countries force children back to school amid resurgence of COVID-19

By Alejandro López, 22 August 2020

The drive to reopen schools after the summer break continues unabated throughout Europe as the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic accelerates across the continent.

Cornell residential advisors hold one-day strike over coronavirus safety as school reopens

By James Mullan, 22 August 2020

The strike action was spontaneously organized in response to the university’s reckless reopening plans that left RAs with larger workloads than in pre-pandemic semesters.

Wayne State University administration announces pay freezes and layoffs

By Valery Tsekov, 22 August 2020

The Wayne State University administration is using the crisis to push through long sought after “cost-cutting” attacks on workers and students.

Justice Department accuses Yale of discriminating against Asian American and white students

By Trévon Austin, 22 August 2020

The lawsuit is a cynical provocation by an administration that seeks to stir the pot of racial antagonisms.

German Socialist Equality Party campaign against reopening schools finds significant response

By our reporters, 22 August 2020

The Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei’s call to build action committees to prepare a general strike in Germany against the reopening of schools has been shared hundreds of times on social media and found thousands of readers.

Trump administration brands educators “critical infrastructure workers” to force schools to open

By Evan Blake, 21 August 2020

The move comes in response to the growing opposition of educators, parents and students to the catastrophic reopening of schools, which has already infected over 2,500 students and staff across the country.

COVID-19 cases surge on college campuses as Yale administrator warns students to prepare for deaths

By Matthew MacEgan and Genevieve Leigh, 20 August 2020

Despite overwhelming scientific evidence and the most recent experiences of school like UNC-Chapel Hill and Notre Dame, many schools are still pushing forward with reopening plans.

Detroit teachers vote overwhelmingly to strike against unsafe school openings

By Phyllis Steele, 20 August 2020

The 91 percent vote to strike is part of the widespread opposition to the opening of schools in the midst of a pandemic.

Maryland’s Republican governor overrules county order for private schools to remain closed

By Ray Coleman, 20 August 2020

The effort to force schools to open in Montgomery County will have the effect of spreading COVID-19 among the school-aged population

UK government demands universities slash “low-value” courses in return for financial aid

By Stephen Hunter, 20 August 2020

Access to university education is to be closed off for working class students, with the axing of courses and the forced bankruptcy of poorer universities.

Disastrous US school openings lead to 2,500 infections across 44 states

By Evan Blake, 19 August 2020

Barring the independent mobilization of educators, parents and the broader working class to halt the reopening of schools, the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic will accelerate.

UNC Chapel Hill, Notre Dame and Michigan State University forced to revert to online learning after COVID-19 outbreaks

By Matthew MacEgan, 19 August 2020

UNC Chapel Hill reported 130 new student cases of COVID-19 during its first week, far more than the ten it reported on campus during the week prior to reopening.

New York and Los Angeles plan deadly reopening of schools

By Renae Cassimeda, 18 August 2020

Democrats in the two largest school districts are pushing to reopen schools in a matter of weeks, endangering the lives of millions of residents in New York and Los Angeles.

“Teachers want to strike, but the unions are doing nothing”

“Refuse to Return” Facebook group cofounder describes explosion of opposition to unsafe school openings

By the World Socialist Web Site Educators Newsletter, 18 August 2020

The “Refuse to Return” group in Colorado has attracted 9,469 members and helped inspire the formation of at least 35 other groups across the US, with tens of thousands of members in total.

Canadian authorities to reopen schools, facilitating COVID-19 spread

By Laurent Lafrance, 18 August 2020

The Canadian ruling elite has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by adopting ever more explicitly the homicidal principle of “herd immunity.”

Johnson government forced to retreat on A-level exam results

By Thomas Scripps, 18 August 2020

Even when their overriding goal was to proceed with school reopenings as smoothly as possible, government ministers and officials could not abandon their vicious class bias for a second.

Teacher sickout closes Arizona school district as support grows for national strike

By Jerry White, 17 August 2020

Phoenix area teachers forced the closure of the first day of school today as protests against the unsafe opening of schools spread across the country.

With pandemic raging, Florida governor deepens drive to reopen schools

By Alex Johnson, 17 August 2020

School districts and teachers in Florida have been forced to resume in-person learning while COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to surge throughout the state.

A risky game with health and lives as schools reopen throughout Germany

By Gregor Link, 17 August 2020

With the beginning of mandatory school attendance, the number of COVID-19 infections is increasing.

Scotland’s schools reopen as COVID-19 infects students

By Steve James, 17 August 2020

The Scottish National Party’s school reopening exposes it as the accomplice of the Johnson government’s herd immunity strategy.

Half of UK Early Years learning workers paid less than minimum wage for 25-year-olds

By Charlotte Salthill, 17 August 2020

Low pay is one of the main reasons given for leaving the profession, alongside increasing work demands and a lack of training and professional development.

US child care in existential crisis as schools and businesses reopen

By Nick Barrickman, 17 August 2020

As plummeting enrollment at day cares during the spring forced many to close, the beginning of grade school classes in the fall will compound the crisis.

Fauci warns against herd immunity: “the death toll would be enormous”

By Bryan Dyne, 15 August 2020

Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of world’s leading experts on infectious disease, warned against the relaxation of efforts to combat COVID-19, declaring, “The death toll would be enormous and totally unacceptable.”

Hawaii schools to reopen August 17 as opposition grows

By Renae Cassimeda, 15 August 2020

In a fight for their lives and those of thousands of students, educators and parents oppose the new reopening plan that has students and teachers reporting to school sites for in-person instruction for one week prior to full distance learning.

Brazilian teachers report 36 COVID-infected schools after one week of classes in Manaus

By Tomas Castanheira, 15 August 2020

Virtually all Brazilian states and capitals have ongoing plans to reproduce the homicidal model of school reopenings in Manaus.

Report highlights super-exploited conditions of Australia’s casual university staff

By John Harris, 15 August 2020

Agreements imposed by the trade unions have led to soaring casualisation, underpayment and unpaid work, now worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prepare a nationwide general strike to stop the deadly reopening of schools!

Form independent rank-and-file safety committees of educators, parents and students!

By the Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 15 August 2020

We are launching the Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee to unite all those opposed to the unsafe reopening of schools and provide the necessary leadership to prepare for a nationwide general strike to halt the reopening of schools.

For a general strike against the reopening of German schools!

By Statement of the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 15 August 2020

By demanding a return to face-to-face teaching amid rising coronavirus infection rates, German state governments of all stripes are putting the health and lives of countless teachers, students and parents at risk.

First two weeks of US school reopenings lead to massive spread of COVID-19

By Zac Corrigan, 14 August 2020

Schools across the US continued to reopen for in-person classes this week, leading to the exposure of thousands of teachers and students to the deadly virus.

Mounting opposition against school openings in Germany

By Carola Kleinert and Gregor Link, 14 August 2020

While many teachers, parents and students are opposed to opening schools under unsafe conditions, administrators and politicians are arrogantly ignoring their concerns.

Growing wave of protests across the US against school openings

By Evan Blake, 13 August 2020

Across the US, thousands of teachers, education workers, parents and students are mobilizing to oppose the unsafe reopening of schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Diversions, posturing as school board votes to reopen school in small-town Massachusetts

By Joseph Mario, 13 August 2020

Scituate, a small coastal town south of Boston, is one example of broader situation in the state, where Governor Baker has pushed for schools to fully reopen in the fall.

“We need to be the ones making the decision about when and how to reopen”

Oklahoma schools reopen amid growing opposition from teachers

By Mitch Marcus and Phyllis Steele, 12 August 2020

Teachers across the state have reacted with disgust and anger at this week’s re-opening, which threatens to produce an explosion of new infections and deaths.

Reject Johnson’s lies that UK schools are safe! For a general strike to block the reopening of schools

By Tania Kent, 12 August 2020

Johnson made clear that the reopening of schools was “integral to kick starting the economy.”

Schools make students sign liability waivers acknowledging risk of death

By Sam Wayne and Usman Khan, 12 August 2020

Colleges and K-12 schools across the US have sent letters to parents and students, requiring liability waivers be signed before students can return for in-person classes.

French government ends social distancing requirements in schools as classes set to resume

By Will Morrow, 12 August 2020

An analysis of the back-to-school plans makes clear the fraudulent and essentially homicidal character of the Macron administration’s policy.

The ruling-class conspiracy to reopen schools: Profit versus science

By Genevieve Leigh, 12 August 2020

The science is clear: the reopening of schools under the current conditions will lead to countless deaths among students, parents, teachers, and more broadly in the working class.

New York educators and students denounce Governor Cuomo’s push to reopen schools

By the World Socialist Web Site Educators Newsletter, 11 August 2020

Teachers and students spoke to the WSWS to express their opposition to New York state Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plans to allow all schools to reopen in the coming weeks.

Germany reopens its schools: An experiment in herd immunity

By Marianne Arens, 11 August 2020

Although there are currently more than 1,000 new coronavirus infections per day in Germany, all of the country’s state governments are ruthlessly enforcing the reopening of schools after the summer break.

Georgia teachers and students force temporary closure of North Paulding High School over COVID-19 outbreak

By Genevieve Leigh, 10 August 2020

The cluster of COVID-19 cases at the school emerged as a direct consequence of the decision to reopen schools for in-person instruction amid a surge in infections.

“A game of Russian Roulette with the lives of children”

As statewide cases hit half a million, opposition mounts in Florida to school reopening

By Nancy Hanover, 10 August 2020

Teachers from across Florida marched on Republican Governor Ron DeSantis’ mansion Saturday to protest his statewide mandate for fully in-person instruction.

New York Governor Cuomo sanctions statewide reopening of schools

By Evan Blake, 8 August 2020

Cuomo’s mandate provides crucial political support for the Trump administration’s drive to reopen schools irrespective of the cost to human life.

No masks, crowded hallways

Georgia highschoolers use social media to expose disastrous conditions as schools reopen

By Genevieve Leigh, 8 August 2020

Two students from Georgia’s North Paulding High School were suspended after photos of hallways packed with crowds of unmasked students went viral on social media.

Texas attorney general orders in-person education as state cases top 500,000

By Tony Jackson, 8 August 2020

The attorney general and governor of Texas are endangering the lives of teachers and students with a patently unscientific back-to-school pandemic plan.

“It’s a recipe for disaster”

Autoworkers denounce bipartisan drive to reopen schools

By Tim Rivers, 8 August 2020

Opposition is growing among autoworkers and other workers to the back-to-school campaign, which is threatening the health of teachers, students and their families.

German schools reopen despite increase in coronavirus infections

By Marianne Arens, 8 August 2020

In order to ensure the capitalists can turn a profit, all established parties, from the Christian Social Union to the Left Party, are pushing for a return to regular in-person teaching.

UK: For a general strike against the reopening of schools

By the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 8 August 2020

The SEP calls for the development of an interconnected network of rank-and-file committees to prepare for a general strike against the opening of schools and the murderous policy of the ruling class.

Columbia University pressures faculty into teaching in-person classes, triggering backlash

By Elliott Murtagh, 8 August 2020

Faculty and graduate instructors have denounced university demands they teach in-person classes during the planned fall campus reopening.

“A nationwide strike is what needs to be done”

Angry educators and parents across the US protest the reckless return to classrooms

By Nancy Hanover, 7 August 2020

From Florida to California, teachers and parents are caravanning, protesting and petitioning against a reckless return to school as demanded by Wall Street and the entire political establishment.

Faculty at University of Akron reject sellout contract

By Isaac Finn, 7 August 2020

On August 5, faculty at the University of Akron voted down an offer that included layoffs of 96 full-time professors, pay cuts and increased health care premiums.

Mounting opposition by teachers against drive to reopen schools

By Benjamin Mateus, 6 August 2020

Evidence is growing that the reopening of schools will lead to a massive resurgence of the pandemic, with deadly consequences for teachers and students.

Altered CDC guidelines provide unscientific basis for reopening schools

By Mitch Marcus, 6 August 2020

The CDC guidelines were adjusted in mid-July to suit the demands of the Trump administration that schools reopen, as part the broader campaign to reopen the economy.

Two Florida teenagers die from COVID-19 as schools push to reopen

By Alex Johnson, 6 August 2020

These harrowing deaths come a month after a 9-year-old, Kimora Lynum, from Putman County, became the youngest child added to Florida’s COVID-19 death toll.

Resuming college football driven by financial interests

By Andy Thompson, 6 August 2020

In order to protect billions in revenue, US universities are resorting to threats and cover-ups to keep their plans to play football in the fall on track.

NTEU enforces deep pay and job cuts at Australian universities

By Mike Head, 6 August 2020

In the latest outrage, the union is urging Adelaide University staff members to take wage cuts of up to 15 percent and still accept the elimination of 200 jobs.

US teachers defy threats to cut funding for schools that delay in-person learning

By Phyllis Steele, 5 August 2020

Republican-controlled legislatures in several states are moving to cut funding and outsource the jobs of teachers if schools do not open with full in-person learning.

New York educators oppose city and state school reopening plans

By Sandy English, 5 August 2020

Teachers in New York are determined to prevent the unsafe reopening of schools by the Democratic mayor and governor.

Lancet warns of massive resurgence of coronavirus after UK school reopening

By Thomas Scripps, 5 August 2020

Medical professionals warn that schools cannot be reopened safely when testing and tracing are grossly inadequate and there is already a resurgence of the pandemic.

UK teachers’ pay award: A shoddy deal for all

By Tom Pearce, 5 August 2020

The offer is divisive and paltry. It will not be funded nationally by the Johnson government, but out of school budgets which are chronically under-funded.

Brazilian teachers oppose back-to-school drive

By our correspondents, 5 August 2020

Amid intense opposition from teachers and parents, private schools were reopened last month in the state of Amazonas and this week in Rio de Janeiro.

COVID-19 surges in Spain as government pushes reopening of schools

By Alejandro López, 5 August 2020

The return to school is a criminal policy exposing children, teachers, families and neighbourhoods to serious illness and death.

For a nationwide general strike to halt the drive to reopen schools!

By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 5 August 2020

Mass opposition by teachers to the criminal policies of the ruling class will galvanize support among all workers in the United States and throughout the world.

Drive to reopen US schools continues despite mounting evidence of deadly consequences

By Evan Blake, 3 August 2020

More scientific research shows the immense dangers to the health and lives of teachers, students and parents by reopening schools while the pandemic continues out of control.

Scottish government prepares to reopen schools as new COVID-19 spikes emerge

By Steve James, 3 August 2020

The government intends to re-open all primary and secondary schools by August 18, despite COVID-19 outbreaks in call centres, distribution centres, pubs and care homes.

As COVID-19 ravages Brazil, governments promote homicidal reopening of schools

By Tomas Castanheira, 1 August 2020

The attempt by big business politicians to reopen schools in the country faces massive opposition from educators and working-class families.

Reopening of schools in Germany puts the lives of children and educators at stake

By Andrea Reissner, 1 August 2020

The situation is highly dangerous. Since the easing of the coronavirus restrictions, the number of cases in Europe, and in Germany, is once again on the rise.

Universities prepare to blame students for COVID-19 outbreaks

By Trévon Austin, 1 August 2020

Universities are hoping the personal responsibility of students will be sufficient enough to contain outbreaks on campuses.

Hundreds of thousands mobilize on social media to oppose US school reopenings

By Evan Blake, 31 July 2020

An explosion of opposition to the unsafe reopening of schools has developed on social media, primarily through dozens of Facebook groups with a combined global membership of over 300,000.

“Capitalism is being exposed for what it is”

The school transportation crisis in the age of coronavirus

By Nancy Hanover, 31 July 2020

School bus drivers in Pennsylvania and New York spoke with the WSWS about the conditions they face amid the escalating campaign to reopen schools.

As opposition mounts to reopening of schools, US teacher union opposes national strike

By David Brown, 30 July 2020

The American Federation of Teachers resolved to limit safety strikes to locals “on a case-by-case basis as a last resort.”

Australia: International students voice anger over wage theft, poor working conditions

By our reporters, 30 July 2020

One student said that he lives “hand to mouth. I cannot save anything. I pay so much for the fees at university and there are no jobs.”

Australia: Committee for Public Education holds online forum on COVID-19 threat

By our reporters, 30 July 2020

“We are either going to have to roll over and accept what is going on, that workers are going to be sacrificed for capitalism, or we are going to have to rebel and have an uprising of some kind.”