Parents sometimes resent the government for intervening in decisions they see as an incontestable right. These decisions often center around medical and educational choices. Currently, a lot of parents are fighting to demand that the government stay out of a decision where these two intersect: the question of whether children should be wearing masks when attending public schools.
While medical experts and in particular the Center for Disease Control are advising that masks will reduce the spread of COVID-19 in schools (and in any building or enclosed space where people gather), a lot of parents don’t want their kids to be required to cover their faces while attending school. Republican Governors are catering to this view, in some cases even banning local school districts from enacting their own mask rules.
In South Carolina, Governor Henry McMaster is taking a similar position, declaring that parents know best for their own kids, even when experts — regardless of their field — are advising otherwise.
Gov. Henry McMaster (R-SC) dismisses public health experts who say masks don’t inhibit learning:
“Regardless of what all of the experts say in any field whatsoever, the parents know their children the best.” pic.twitter.com/WwGarm4D1e
— The Recount (@therecount) August 17, 2021
“Regardless of what all of the experts say in any field whatsoever, the parents know their children the best.”
The Delta variant of COVID-19 seems to be hitting younger children harder, worrying pediatricians. Hospitalizations — including pediatric ones — are on the rise, and even Republican politicians and public figures are now encouraging vaccination. However, elementary-aged kids are generally too young to receive vaccination against COVID-19 yet, and with this school year barely started, there are already children being forced to quarantine, or return to remote learning, due to the outbreaks in their school systems.
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Steph Bazzle reports on social issues and religion for Hill Reporter. She focuses on stories that speak to everyone's right to practice what they believe in and receive the support of their communities and government officials. You can reach her at Steph@HillReporter.com