Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said people who denounce reopening schools due to coronavirus fears are the “flat-earthers of our day.”
“So, now we’re at the point where the people who advocate school closures are really the flat-earthers of our day,” the Republican governor said on Drew Steele’s radio show on Friday. “They’re not doing it based on data. They’re not doing it based on evidence. They’re doing it based on either politics or emotion. And so, the harm of school closures, I think, is really considerable.”
“In Marchm we may not have had all the information, but in hindsight, knowing what we know now, the closure of schools was one of the biggest public health mistakes in modern American history,” DeSantis added. “And I think even Europe has said we shouldn’t have closed up.”
He added that though he is a fan of home schooling, that method of education isn’t practical for some families.
“I’m a big supporter of homeschooling for those who want to do it. But you know, we’ve got a lot of blue-collar families and working mothers who have to go to work,” DeSantis said. “They just don’t have the luxury of being able to do that. Taking away face-to-face instruction means their kids fall behind tremendously.”
The governor said that about 1 million school children in Florida have returned to the classroom as schools map out safe education plans.
DeSantis also announced an executive order in September, allowing restaurants and bars to reopen fully in the state.
“We are today moving into what we initially called phase three,” DeSantis said at the time. “And what that’ll mean for the restaurants is there will not be limitations from the state of Florida.”
Author: Emma Colton
Source: Washington Examiner: Ron DeSantis: ‘People who advocate school closures are really the flat-earthers of our day’