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Aug 13 2020

Why Fairfax County Educrats Don’t Like Pandemic Pods

“Equity” is a popular goal among leftists. The only way to achieve it is to impose a ceiling above the lowest common denominator. That’s why educrats in exceedingly wealthy Fairfax County, Virginia do not approve of “pandemic pods” — small groups tutored at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

From a message to parents sent by Fairfax County Public Schools:

While FCPS doesn’t and can’t control these private tutoring groups, we do have concerns that they may widen the gap in educational access and equity for all students. Many parents cannot afford private instruction. Many working families can’t provide transportation to and from a tutoring pod, even if they could afford to pay for the service.

We have received some requests from parents who would like to cluster groups or pods of students together with a specific teacher. From both a logistical perspective, and in the interest of educational equity, FCPS cannot accommodate such requests.

If every kid can’t have tutoring, no kid should have it.

Thomas Lifson extends the mentality:

By the same logic, parents who remain married and raise their children in intact families are being unfair to children whose parents cannot maintain their marriage, because many studies show that children with a mother and father at home do better. Taking the logic even farther, parents who don’t become drug addicts are being unfair to children whose parents enslave themselves to heroin, crack, methamphetamine, or even alcohol.

Excellence is the enemy of equity, as is personal responsibility.

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