Listen to Trusted Expert Advice: Coronavirus, Schools, Fear and an Uncertain Future

This was going to be a busy week, meetings, events, every day, planning for events over the next few weeks. My phone began to ping, one by one the meetings/events were postponed and/or cancelled.

An event I was sponsoring, six weeks down the road, after consultation, I postponed.

The NCAA March Madness basketball tournament cancelled; the NBA and the NHL suspending all games, MLB delaying the opening of the season  Broadway dark, and, unfortunately some electeds becoming “experts.”

Wild flucuations in the stock market, down 10%, up 5%. the hedgefunders selling short and buying long and making millions while the rest of us watch our pensions melt away.

The source of all coronavirus advice is the CDC, the federal agency, and their advice on school closing is complicated, basically, case by case.

To quote Mayor de Blasio, “We must separate fact from fiction.”

How to respond to positive tests in schools is complex, and is evolving hour by hour, day by day.

China and Italy did not respond quickly, a major error and allowed the virus to spread.  The extreme measures that we have taken, hopefully, will slow the spread of the virus; experts are warning us that the progress of the virus will proceed for months.

As we test we will find more and more positive tests.

I was speaking with a school supervisor yesterday: he was teaching a kindergarten class: how to wash their hands; hopefully these lessons are being replicated in all classrooms across the city.

Science lessons, by grade, should explain what a virus is; English classes should be reading non-fiction about viruses and epidemics.

When I mentioned this I was told, “We don’t want to unduly scare children.” Knowledge is power: the more we involve the children, teach children, we all know that the “teachable moment” is at the heart of impactful instruction.

“Social distancing:” encouraging “at risk adults, (over 60)” to avoid unnecessary interaction is excellent advice.

To again echo Mayor de Blasio, “No day is like the previous day.”

The economic repercussions:  reductions in budgets, sharp increases in unemployment, businesses closing, are we facing a 1929? a 9/11, 2008?  Or, will the economy bounce back? We have no way of knowing.

No one has any idea, recessions and depressions do not follow a single pattern,

I see tweets and emails, “Close the schools,” “Cancel the state tests,” Cancel the Regents,” as I have said these decisions should reflect the best medical and scientific information, not the loudest voice.

We are entering uncharted waters, we have to sift among the voices, and make decisions that represent the best evidence.

Stay safe, meditate, exercise, hydrate, an opportunity to watch luge, bobsledding and  curling … and try a new recipe.

And listen to fitting music

3 responses to “Listen to Trusted Expert Advice: Coronavirus, Schools, Fear and an Uncertain Future

  1. Eric Nadelstern

    Great song my friend. Thank you!


  2. DiBlassio is holding out til April. I believe that he will cancel schools one week before the scheduled Easter/Passover recess. By so doing, he doesn’t threaten the minimum of 180 school days to receive Federal Funding. also, the impact upon working families to all of a sudden have to care for their elementary aged children vs taking leave from their jobs, would be severe. So The Mayor (Who I am Not A Fan Of) gets credit for the gambit. And it only costs an extra week.


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