They’ve done it themselves with their hoax response and better than anything I’ve ever come up with. Ryan McMaken has a fascinating take at Mises:
For decades, we’ve been fed a near-daily diet of claims that public schooling is one of the most important—if not the most important—institutions in America. We’re also told that there’s not nearly enough of it, and this leads to demands for longer school hours, longer school years, and ever larger amounts of money spent on more facilities and more tech.
And then, all of sudden, with the panic over COVID-19, it was gone.
It turns out that public schooling wasn’t actually all that important after all, and that extending the lives of the over-seventy demographic takes precedence.
Yes, the schools have tried to keep up the ruse that students are all diligently doing their school work at home, but by late April it was already apparent that the old model of “doing public school” via internet isn’t working. In some places, class participation has collapsed by 60 percent, as students simply aren’t showing up for the virtual lessons.
For once, the schools were left to compete on their only legitimate merit: education. We, here, know how poorly they fare in that regard. But now, laid bare without any sports, socials, buses, or other noise and confusion, the results are stark. The departure from the hype is telling. Just like that – POOF – it was all gone like so much smoke blown away by the wind.
Again, the CoronaHoax may be the best thing that ever happened to American education.