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September 02, 2020 2 min read

Over the past few months, anyone who lives in the real world has accepted the fact that Covid is real and presents a threat.  Almost everything outside of that, from exactly how much of a threat to philosophies around the right to wear a mask, can and has been debated.  But when it comes to the risk of our personal friends and families nearly everyone regardless of how libertarian will ultimately cave to the idea that there is a real virus out there and it is killing people.  The most personal and helpless members or our society, although are almost entire unaffected directly by Covid, are our children.  Under the age of 18 as per the CDC, the infection rate is 8 per 100,000 - a remarkably ineffective virus for children.  However because they can be carriers, test negative and pass to others, childrens' interaction with one another was shut down like every other hair salon and restaurant in the United States.  

So what does that mean?  Most kids have adopted a new lifestyle; no longer going to parks, playgrounds or school - "micro-communities" where pockets of kids assemble for social and educational output has created a new and interesting 'hybrid' model of co-existence.  In wealthy communities where 5 to as many as 15 kids assisted by dedicated nannies (sometimes with graduate degrees themselves), facilitated by digital curriculum and rotating from suburban McMansion to McMansion all the way to the inner city where kids assemble in parking lots of Taco Bells as most recently and tragically photographed in California.  

If we fast forward a few months and as vaccines are potentially available and the risk of Covid is curbed to some degree; there should still be a valid and persistent question.  New risk WILL emerge and OLD risk, particularly school shootings, will re-emerge..  Now with Covid forcing communities to reinvent school, social activities and entertainment into a decentralized model of streaming content, zoom classes and practical learning is returning to "normal" even worth it?  

The answer may not be as simple as re-open and return to the status quo because the stalemate of Second Amendment activism and victim vindicators has become a totally moot point under the re-imagination of the American school system. The requirements to overcome Covid-19 created these micro-classrooms with utopian and egalitarian principles sometimes lost in traditional school systems and gives us a chance to find the next step from the right point of view: whats safest for our kids.

Ajay Rayasam
Ajay Rayasam


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