Latest Study on Children and Coronavirus May Help Calm the Hysteria over School

From the BBC online:

The BMJ study looked at 651 children with coronavirus in hospitals in England, Wales and Scotland….

“There have been no deaths in otherwise healthy school-age children,” said study author Prof Calum Semple, from the University of Liverpool.

“There is no direct harm from children going back to school,” he added.

A “strikingly low” 1% of these 651 children and young people – six in total – had died in hospital with Covid-19 compared with 27% across all other age groups, the study found.

Eighteen per cent of the children needed intensive care.

And the six who had died had had “profound” underlying health conditions that had often been complex and themselves life-limiting.

Children with such conditions remained vulnerable to the virus and must take precautions, the researchers said.

But for others, the risk was extremely low. __ https://www.bbc.com/news/health-53932294

In addition, multiple studies continue to show that children are less likely to spread the virus, either among themselves or to adults.

Schools in Sweden never closed, but elsewhere in Europe closed schools are being re-opened.

Globally, according to a research review published recently in The Lancet, a leading medical journal, the number of Covid-19 deaths prevented by school closings has been vanishingly small. The same can’t be said about the closings’ educational effects, which have been devastating. __ RCE

The hysteria over the Chinese coronavirus has been media-driven and abetted by politicians and politicized health officials with apparent vested interests in causing panic and economic harm to particular populations of citizens and residents. We’re gonna need a lot more guillotines! 😉

The Tragedy is the Unthinking Sheep-Like Nature of Most People

Thinking openly and honestly — being open to the evidence and different arguments — is hard work. Journalists can’t do it. Most politicians can’t do it. True believers, thugs, and opportunists who are rioting in the streets can’t do it. Most modern inbred professors of social sciences and the liberal arts cannot do it. They have been selected by a rigorous process of winnowing out to be as mindless as possible.

Many people are discomfited, or even outraged, by [thoughtful questions]. Some are fearful that their ideas may not stand up as well as they would like if they start to think about them. Others may want to stand upon the ‘politics of identity’, or in other words the kind of identification with a particular tradition, or group, or national or ethnic identity that invites them to turn their back on outsiders who question the ways of the group.
They will shrug off criticism: their values are ‘incommensurable’ with the values of outsiders. They are to be understood only by brothers and sisters within the circle. __ Think by Simon Blackburn

Fearful, insecure people are easier to manipulate than people who are capable of thinking for themselves.

Full spectrum thinking includes verbal and mathematical logic, as well as a familiarity and mastery of the emotions. I am talking specifically about the emotion of fear, which figures prominently in this age of chaotic idiocy.

From Rilke:

You nights of anguish. Why didn’t I kneel more deeply to accept you,
Inconsolable sisters, and surrendering, lose myself in your loosened hair.
How we squander our hours of pain.
How we gaze beyond them into the bitter duration
To see if they have an end. Though they are really
Seasons of us, our winter . . . __ Rainer Rilke, The Duino Elegies (Tenth Elegy) as quoted in Radical Honesty “Radical Acceptance” by Tara Brach

In the novel Dune, by Frank Herbert, the protagonist Paul Atreides was taught to face his fears by his Bene Gesserit mother.

I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain. __ Litany Against Fear

In the elegy by Rainer Rilke, fears and pains are meant to be taken far more intimately and closer to the heart than in the Bene Gesserit litany. Either approach is better than our modern headless flight from our pains and our fears.

First we need to shine the light of knowledge and honest investigation onto our fears. Then we can face them and do what we must.

It is never too late for a Dangerous Childhood © .

More:

Every homeschool parent understands that most young children need close supervision by someone disciplined and knowledgeable, to keep children on-task.

We know from both research and experience that students learn only if they spend enough high-quality time on task. They need to concentrate on what they need to know, within a well-designed curriculum. Their efforts need to be focused on studying that leads to their mastery of the subject-matter. Most children need a skilled and knowledgeable in-person teacher to accomplish this… __ https://www.realcleareducation.com/articles/2020/06/22/closing_schools_was_a_grievous_error_110433.html

Older children should have been taught to be self-directed and self-teaching. Failure to instill such habits by the age of 12 will create a great deal of anguish later on unless the situation is consciously rectified as a top priority.

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