The Chicago teachers union should apologize after posting a controversial message on its official Twitter account on Sunday, claiming that “the drive to reopen schools is rooted in sexism, racism, and misogyny.

The Chicago teachers’ union’s tweet confronted all scientific evidence about the harm being done to children by the regulations that keep schools closed, especially those from poorer sectors that cannot access online education methods.

The most questionable part of the message was their argument that the trend towards reopening schools is rooted in sexism, racism, and misogyny.

The message received an enormous amount of criticism, which forced the union to eliminate the tweet. However, they then wrote another confusing message as an “apology,” though it seems, in the end, they are validating the original message:

“Complex issue. Requires nuance. And much more discussion. More important, the people the decision affects deserve more. So we’ll continue give them that. Appreciate the feedback of those truly in the struggle.”

“Then why are minority parents suing in California, saying virtual learning has left their children behind? You say you care about your students, but you clearly don’t,” responded Curtis Houck, attaching a Washington Post story that gives credit to his claim.

Far from the union’s argument, as marked by many of the responses to the controversial tweet, many studies claim school closures due to the CCP Virus have disproportionately harmed minority students, and that is why public health experts tend to support the reopening of schools.

The union’s comment came when the discussion was rekindled about the impact of school closures and the decision that state authorities must make on how to handle the issue of education. Especially so at a time when questionable figures from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) claim that there is an increase in CCP Virus infections due to a re-emergence.

Important studies and the European experience ensure that schools are not a focus of infection and that the rate of contagion and transmissibility of children is really minimal. 

This is the position that President Trump and his entire team have been taking for months. Trump even threatened to cut off federal education funding to those states that refused to reopen educational institutions in the fall. 

In a tweet on July 10, Trump said, “Now that we have witnessed it on a large scale basis, and firsthand, Virtual Learning has proven to be TERRIBLE compared to In School, or On-Campus, Learning. Not even close! Schools must be open in the Fall. If not open, why would the Federal Government give Funding? It won’t!!!”

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