Stanford Doctor Scott Atlas Says The Science Shows Kids Should Go Back To School

Stanford Doctor Scott Atlas Says The Science Shows Kids Should Go Back To School

Former chief of neuroradiology at Stanford University Medical Center, Dr. Scott Atlas told Fox News there are “zero excuses” to keep children from returning to schools in the fall.

“There is virtually zero risk for children getting something serious or dying from this disease. Anyone who thinks schools should be closed is not talking about the children. It has nothing to do with the children’s risk,” he said. “There’s no rational reason or science to say that children transmit the disease significantly.”

Dr. Atlas pointed out that many American teachers are not in high-risk age groups and therefore, should not be concerned. He also noted that those who are nervous or high-risk can take extra precautions. 

“It’s true that there are high-risk teachers and those teachers should be able to believe in their social distancing and masks. They can teach using social distancing. And if they still are afraid they can stay at home. There’s no reason to lock up the children,” he said.

According to Dr. Atlas, closing down the schools and continuing online education would hinder children from a full learning experience that includes social interaction and hands-on teaching. 

“Long distance learning is a failure,” he said. 

Dr. Atlas also added that many other Western countries have opened and operated schools during the pandemic successfully.

“We are the only country not opening schools. This is absurd,” he said. “Look at the science. I’m saying use critical thinking and logic.”

Despite skepticism from the CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield on the current COVID-19 situation paired with the upcoming flu season, Dr. Atlas believes that keeping schools closed would be a grave policy mistake. 

“This is the biggest problem of all. Yet again we are going to commit some severe public policy without regards to the harm of the public policy,” he said. “If we start acting out of fear and are an outlier in this country, this country is finished.”

“You either believe the science or not,” he added. “You can’t insist that you believe in the science and then act contrary to science.” 

Earlier this month, the Trump administration announced that it may cut federal funding to schools that fail to reopen.

“In Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and many other countries, SCHOOLS ARE OPEN WITH NO PROBLEMS. The Dems think it would be bad for them politically if U.S. schools open before the November Election, but is important for the children & families. May cut off funding if not open!” Trump tweeted. 

Vice President Mike Pence and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos both pledged to re-open schools.

“For our kids development, our working families, and our economy, we MUST Open Up Schools Again!” wrote the VP. 

“We can reopen schools safely & ensure learning continues,” tweeted DeVos. 

 

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Jordan Davidson is an intern for The Federalist and a recent graduate of Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism.
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