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In-person learning advocate Bethany Mandel says journalists should hold the Chicago Teachers Union accountable for its contribution to “destroying meritocracy” in the United States.

“They actually have to go to Chicago, get on a plane, go to the Chicago neighborhoods and do what’s called journalism,” Mandel told Fox News Digital.

“Talk to the families,” she added before launching a series of questions she would like to see asked by reporters. “How does your family feel if you don’t have your kids in school?” How have your children been over the past two years? What do you think your children’s lives would have been like if this had not happened? And what has that done to your children’s future prospects and their potential? ”

Bethany Mandel believes liberal journalists should “really go to Chicago” and speak with people directly affected by distance learning.


Mandel, a contributing writer for Deseret News and editor of the “Heroes of Liberty” book publisher, believes that the COVID pandemic and the school closings that coincide with it have “completely destroyed the idea of ​​a meritocracy in America “because not all children are given the same opportunities.

“You used to lift yourself up by your bootstraps. If you studied hard enough and went to school, you could be more than your parents,” Mandel said.

On January 4, the Chicago Teachers Union voted to switch to distance learning due to the increase in coronavirus cases in the region, declaring that the union would revert to in-person learning when coronavirus cases “come down. would calm down considerably “or that the city would sign an agreement on” return conditions “. In response, Chicago public schools canceled classes because city officials and representatives from the Chicago Teachers Union failed to reach an agreement on coronavirus safety measures. The move came after two years of school closures across the country, sparking outrage and particularly harming students from low-income families without the technology to adapt.

“I just spoke to a woman in Las Vegas, she took her kids out of Las Vegas schools and put them in private, so they could be in person. They’re going to be fine. It’s because their mother has $ 40,000 more to send them to a private school, “she said.” It’s wrong, and I don’t use that word lightly. It is inconceivable that they are condemning these children to a life of God knows what. “

Mandel homeschool her five children, who don’t have to rely on Zoom and e-learning, but she wants her own children to grow up in a normal society and believes decisions like those made by the Chicago Teachers Union are hurting students across the country.


In-Person Schooling Champion Says Distance Learning During COVID Era “Destroyed The Idea of ​​a Meritocracy” in America

In-person learning advocate Bethany Mandel says the COVID pandemic and the school closings that coincide with it have “completely destroyed the idea of ​​a meritocracy in America” ​​because children are not getting all the same opportunities.

“This is their generation, and they’re going to have to date people who haven’t been allowed out of their homes for two years in their developmental years,” she said. “My general concern for the well-being of my children is directly affected by the health and development of all members of their generation. “

Mandel has repeatedly aroused the ire of liberals for challenging traditional orthodoxies on the coronavirus and schools in the early months of the pandemic. Critics frequently dismiss Mandel as being unable to intervene on the polarizing subject because his own children are homeschooled. But Mandel, who is not the type to back down and regularly confronts his critics on social media, is not worried and intends to continue campaigning for in-person learning.

“I think it’s sociopathy, honestly, that I’m unable to empathize with children other than mine. It’s crazy,” she said. “I don’t understand how this hits me because it’s like, ‘How dare you care about kids who don’t belong to you biologically?’ Yes, I am worried about other children and it strikes you more that you find it so shocking. “

In-Person Schooling Champion Says Distance Learning During COVID Era “Destroyed The Idea of ​​a Meritocracy” in America

A “closed” sign outside a public elementary school in Grand Rapids, Michigan in March 2020.

Last week, Mandel wrote a column on Desert News, “In the age of the omicron, it’s time to change the way we talk about COVID-19 testing,” which explained that an obsession with overloading testing hospitals and creates fear across the country. She understood the country needed testing to prevent the spread of COVID at the start of the pandemic, but questioned the goal of maintaining it with readily available vaccines and a variant that seems milder than previous strands.

She’s called to change the conversation about testing, but it’s not the only COVID-related topic she has strong opinions on. A passionate tweeter, Mandel recently responded to earlier footage from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, saying vaccines no longer prevent transmission of COVID, writing: “Passports for vaccines should end today “.


“The argument for vaccine passports is twofold. One is that it forces people to get vaccinated, which is absolutely true. Is it ethical or even constitutional? Personally, I don’t think so. No. I think people have had ample opportunity to avail themselves of a life-saving vaccine and if they choose not to, then that is their choice, ”she said.

“But you know, a lot of the arguments in favor of the vaccine passport are that people should be able to go to restaurants safely without the person next to them having COVID. Well, the person next to them can. now have COVID, and the CDC director recognizes that fact, “Mandel continued.” So what exactly are you preventing by having a vaccine passport? “

Mandel noted that “the conversation was never about cost,” but someone is paying for vaccine passports, as well as non-stop testing, even though the change is not real money.

“We have never, in the duration of COVID, had a cost-benefit analysis of any of these measures… With the conversation about testing, the cost is the stress on the health care system. stress on individual families. There is so much cost involved with these testing regiments, and the same goes with the vaccination passport, “she said.” It makes it much more difficult for them. small businesses, they have to hire someone to verify and they have an increased risk of violence. ”


Bartenders, restaurant workers and business owners across the country have found themselves in fights – and sometimes worse – after asking customers to provide proof of vaccination. Mandel believes that the added burden on law enforcement will ultimately have major consequences.

“As the police force shrinks and we have more violent crime, we are now telling them that they need to direct their police resources to the application of vaccines. Does this sound like a very good use of our police resources? I think no, “she said.” It’s not something the Liberals are talking about, the fact that we shouldn’t involve the police in more nonviolent aspects of our daily lives … pass and there will be a George Floyd of vaccines passports. It’s just a contingency. ”

In-Person Schooling Champion Says Distance Learning During COVID Era “Destroyed The Idea of ​​a Meritocracy” in America

COVID vaccine mandates have polarized the nation. (Photo by Paul Hennessy / SOPA Images / LightRocket via Getty Images)
(Paul Hennessy / SOPA Images / LightRocket via Getty Images)

In recent weeks, as the omicron variant has increased, more liberal journalists and pundits have finally taken note of the mental toll warrants, restrictions, and blockages caused to Americans. Mandel said the change in coverage had a simple explanation – top liberals started testing positive for the virus, and it ceased to be a sign of moral failure in the eyes of the elite.

“They all finally got it… They got it over the Christmas holidays, and they were like, ‘Oh, that wasn’t that huge, was it? Maybe it wasn’t that big. ‘is more justified,’ “Mandel said. “It was one thing when the Republicans in Florida got it figured out, and they were irresponsible or whatever. But now [Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez] gets it in Florida, and she’ll be fine. She is young, she is in good health and she is vaccinated. That is what matters.”


Mandel believes liberal news outlets like CNN simply cannot continue to support the narrative that getting COVID is some kind of moral failure when their ideological friends and allies, such as Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez , DN.Y., have tested positive in recent days. Other top liberal media journalists and hosts such as CNN’s Pamela Brown and Ana Navarro, NBC News’ Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb and “The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg have also gotten COVID in recent days. But despite the virus reaching the liberal elite, Mandel doesn’t expect news agencies to completely give up on fear anytime soon.

“They are afraid of contradicting themselves in any way and I think this has been a major issue throughout this pandemic with the public trust in a number of people, the media, medical institutions, the CDC and the FDA. “she said. “No one is ever willing to say they were wrong, so there has been a lot of gaslighting.”

Fox News’s Adam Sabes contributed to this report.


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