With the issues created by the current pandemic facing us all around the country, we think that Magee High School’s football season should be canceled. We would go a step further to say the county should cease all extra curricular activities at least for the immediate future.
The number of COVID infections for Magee High School exploded exponentially from 70 to 170 last week and could be higher than that. That comes from one player testing positive for COVID-19.
We agree that school must start back for our children. But maybe it would be wise to put a hold on non-academic activities.
The students from Magee High School played a football game against Collins High School, and because of their contact, the Collins athletes are now under quarantine also. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that you do not need to be playing football or participating in other social activities at present.
We are told that Simpson Academy is handling the situation, but they are in a much smaller environment than exists in the public schools.
But we will state this: one child risking his life to play football makes the risk not worth it.
We all will be exposed to this dangerous virus at some time in the near future, but we should try to be as safe as possible in this regard.
We understand the importance of high school athletics and the opportunities it gives children who would not otherwise be able to afford a college education, but we are in a unique situation this year.
Another consideration is that even though having contact at these school events may not impact the student, he or she may become a carrier who may then affect more susceptible individuals, like a grandparent or younger sibling.
Other aspects of the pandemic’s effect on education merit our attention.
For example, while distance learning may be a workable plan, it really does not compare to fulltime classroom instruction.
The more intelligent and conscientious children will likely do fine, but for the average Joe or Josephine distance learning is going to be a great hinderance to real achievement. Less motivated students and those who don’t yet realize that education helps determine their success in life are going to concentrate more on just meeting the requirements--getting by-- rather than on learning.
Huge amounts of money have been spent to provide our children with the best education possible. That money will be provided by someone-- ultimately it is the taxpayer. Careful thought and consideration must go into every cent that is invested. That includes at all levels of government and in all government funded services.
Every elected public servant is obligated to see that money is spent properly on items that are truely needed, not just on something that meets government requirements.
This does not have to be the beginning of the end, but we were given common sense to use, and sometimes we seem to over look that.