Psychiatrist Warns: Parents and Kids Can’t Hang in There For Another Semester

Which is worse, the threat that a kid could get the virus or the reality that not getting an education for up to 18 months, stuck at home and parents without jobs will kill the will to survive?

“1-Ever since schools closed because of COVID-19, most kids have lost their enthusiasm for learning. Some kids, teachers and parents have convinced themselves that there’s still learning going on, simply for everyone to feel better.

2-Indeed, many kids stopped tuning into their zoom classes, and “dropped out” to spend time sleeping, watching TV or playing video games instead. But, they were given passing marks anyway and promoted to the next grade, leaving a large hole in the foundation of their education.

3-Distance-learning is discriminatory. Kids from less affluent or rural homes, foster or group homes and similar situations, have little or no access to computers. Inevitably, this makes them fall behind kids who have better access to online classes. 

Government, not a disease is causing the loss of a generation.  In conjunction with little police protection, expect an explosion of youth crimes once again.  We all lose while government is trying to see how far they can push us. In their attempt to take away our freedoms.

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Psychiatrist Warns: Parents and Kids Can’t Hang in There For Another Semester

To be or not to be… in School? That is the question facing parents and educators

By Carole Lieberman, California Globe,  7/31/20 

Time is ticking…. Nobody wants to make the wrong choice, putting students, families and teachers at risk. But, fear is the new pandemic, and it’s getting in the way of logical thinking about whether to send kids back to school.

As a psychiatrist and parenting expert who treats children and families, I’ve seen the impact of lock downs and zoom-learning first-hand. And it’s bad. Here are 10 reasons why kids should go back to school—in person—now.

1-Ever since schools closed because of COVID-19, most kids have lost their enthusiasm for learning. Some kids, teachers and parents have convinced themselves that there’s still learning going on, simply for everyone to feel better.

2-Indeed, many kids stopped tuning into their zoom classes, and “dropped out” to spend time sleeping, watching TV or playing video games instead. But, they were given passing marks anyway and promoted to the next grade, leaving a large hole in the foundation of their education.

3-Distance-learning is discriminatory. Kids from less affluent or rural homes, foster or group homes and similar situations, have little or no access to computers. Inevitably, this makes them fall behind kids who have better access to online classes. 

4-Even the most well-meaning parents are not professional teachers. They can teach their kids some school subjects and life-skills, but many do not know the best way to teach algebra or chemistry, for example. If anyone could teach, teachers wouldn’t have to get degrees, student-teach and pass licensing exams.

5-Many families have been doing a valiant job, trying to cope with having their kids home from school – keeping them from squabbling with each other or getting into trouble, and trying to help them do their homework, but patience has run out. They can’t hang in there for another semester.

6-Being locked up together for months, strains the love of any couple. The stress of being both parent and teacher to their kids, while trying to maintain a healthy marital relationship, has caused many parents to argue with each other, and some have already filed for divorce, scarring kids even further.

7-Parents are struggling with their own issues – from finances to food, and from working at home to worrying about their own parents’ health. This strain is even causing some loving parents to take out their frustrations on their kids – leading to child abuse. Teachers and counselors routinely spot kids who are suffering from child abuse or other problems – and get them help. Without these extra eyes, some kids are in danger.

8-The longer kids are out of school, the more time they have to get into trouble because of boredom and frustration. The more time they spend on social media, the more likely they’ll be bullied or become depressed or jealous over the seemingly perfect lives of other kids. And the more time they spend on violent entertainment, the more aggressive they can become.

9-Kids are not only missing out on a better education, they’re missing opportunities for socialization. Even with masks and social-distancing, they can learn how to get along with others, how to share and how to become leaders. In fact, the pandemic’s unique circumstances can help them develop empathy and compassion for one another.

10-Studies, statistics, and recommendations of reliable organizations overwhelmingly support a return to school. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC have issued guidelines to encourage families to send their kids back to school. Some European schools have already opened with encouraging results. And did you know, far more children under the age of 15 die from the flu? Yet we don’t close schools during flu season.

It’s not only coronavirus that can have a detrimental impact on a family’s life – it’s poverty from job loss and a crumbling economy, child abuse and domestic abuse from frustrated parents who have reached their breaking point, drug and alcohol abuse, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and ultimately even suicide. The longer kids are made to stay home from school – the more these problems will grow.

The answer? Teach kids the facts-of-life for remaining healthy by strengthening their resilience and immunity through: hand-washing, nutritious food, vitamins, sleep, exercise, nature, social support and laughter. These lessons will last them their whole life and keep them safer from any illness – not just COVID-19.

About Stephen Frank

Stephen Frank is the publisher and editor of California Political News and Views. He speaks all over California and appears as a guest on several radio shows each week. He has also served as a guest host on radio talk shows. He is a fulltime political consultant.

Comments

  1. William Hicks says

    The only ones that think they can “hang in there for another semester” are the teachers union(s).

    • scam alert today – zoom town halls from the educrats – max attendance 100. What a joke the CA public school system has become and Newsom is the errand boy.

  2. Diane Lenning says

    As an Education and Resource Professional, I agree we need to get our kids to School ‘In Classes’ by September! Online Set-Up, Review, Textbook Distribution, Education Video, Topic Speeches can start in August. Waiting any longer is just not the Best for our Student Population, Parents, and Teachers. In CA, teachers can retire at 55 or any year thereafter. Vulnerable teachers can do inline classes for those who prefer online, or do half size classes in Hybrid Programs. Districts can figure out the Best Plan for their Total Population in their Area Circumstances.

    There are basically 3 to 4 choices: 1) Total Immersion of all students, teachers & staff, 2) Hybrid Plans of Alternate Days or Half Days (half-size classes) Friday Online, 3) All Online M-Th (Fri), optional Fri Meet Day Outside. (When students attend online)-Designated places at schools, parks by grade level, field trips, etc.

    • Insist All families have access to medical treatments made available ASAP to every doctor! Therapeutics can End the Pandemic.

      In some foreign countries like Iran, Hydroxychloroquine is ‘on the Shelf’ for ‘over the counter sales!’ We should be able to order Therapeutics Online similar to ‘over the counter purchases.’

      #Mg per child/adult in packaging of products. This would bring the ‘partnership of parents’ back into the Care of Our Families as it should be.

      Too many people ‘hung out to dry’ without much recourse or jurisdiction over their own families. It’s Time to End the Pandemic, Get Back to Normal Living, and Get Our Economy Going Again!

  3. The Captive says

    Time is up and if they need to go to the inferior government schools then so be it. We know that they are indoctrinating the kids and learning all the wrong things too. Well either let them be indoctrinated and get a BAD EDUCATION or find a better way but for GOD’S SAKE just get them into LEARNING the necessary facts —-HOW ABOUT HISTORY that is truth? Start there and make sure English is the language taught.
    I am sick of all the negative ways this state uses to make sure kids are NOT educated ,
    Oh yeah- haven’t heard another negative verbal assault by gruesom-newsome –but be ready it is on its way.

  4. Thank our horrible leadership for this mess. There is no reason to have our state locked down. This has gone on long enough. OPEN THE SCHOOLS AND OPEN THE STATE BACK UP.

    I’d rather die of Covid then starve to death. With a 98.7% survival rate, I doubt that will be the case.

    They want to keep us fearful, locked in our homes and under their thumbs. Time to fight back!

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