Radical parents began a campaign against distance learning

As MK found out, Russian children, those who do not live in Moscow, will continue to attend school in person, even if the statistics on coronavirus go off scale, although much higher – today the daily increase in cases is about 20 thousand people.

But judging by the fact that the widespread leaving of schools online in Russia has not yet been announced, it will not be announced. Only point quarantine by class, where someone has already got sick.

Officials from education do not want to fight mass parental protests, after all – as long as the bill on distance education is only on paper, everyone decides for himself and his child.

Today, parents have the right to choose – to write an application and transfer the student to home schooling, or heroically send him to school every day, wondering what he will bring from there.

On the Day of National Unity, about two hundred people came to a meeting with the deputies in Shchukinsky Park. We talked about remote control. Such outdoor activities are, in principle, not prohibited. People were standing tight. Most of them did not have masks, some purely formally wore them on their chins.

This is understandable, people who are actively fighting for their civil rights do not pay attention to the epidemiological situation. They don’t really believe in coronavirus. The possibility that they will get sick themselves or infect others – even more so. The main evil for them now is the inability to send their children to school offline.

“The government liked this remote control,” Valery Rashkin, a Communist Party deputy, expressed his point of view. – They have already introduced a bill on this. That is, there will be a pandemic or not, it does not matter, it is still remote control. This should never be allowed. There are many of us on the street, we can stop this disgrace on the street. Not only will there be no state, no people, no patriotism, no family protection, everything starts with upbringing.

Parents write letters to all authorities up to the president, in the networks the number of dissatisfied people amounts to tens of thousands of people.

Opponents of distance learning believe that the online learning format is doing much more harm to schoolchildren than the likelihood of getting sick and dying from the coronavirus.

“Personally, I am against the idea that if someone’s child is sick, the whole class should not go to school. This has never happened before, ”says the mother of the eighth-grader. “On the contrary, it’s good if the child is ill and everyone is ill, and then everyone will have collective immunity.”

“Children do not get sick or carry the coronavirus easily. Why can’t they learn? Let them go to schools, communicate as before. “

“This whole online learning project has nothing to do with the coronavirus, we all understand that very well. This is a project of universal digitalization of society, which leads to nowhere. “

“I wrote a statement about the refusal of the child from distance education. Let them seek funds and opportunities to teach him individually in person ”.

From words to deeds. Collective collection of signatures against distance learning has begun everywhere, since rallies are prohibited, people gather together under any other pretext, preparing for the first individual pickets against online education. They are scheduled for November 7-8.

There are enough reasons for dissatisfaction – parents have to replace in many ways teachers, supervise children, while they have to work themselves, the quality of distance learning is incomparable with traditional, distance learning harms the physical and mental health of the child, teachers are not ready for this form of knowledge transfer, it does not work additional education: sections, circles and so on.

It is not surprising that those who themselves and whose loved ones have not suffered from the infection in any way oppose distancing. From the category – until I die, there is no death. For people who personally lay in the “red zone”, as the author of these lines with his daughter, the issue of priority, which is more important – to have a live and healthy child or go to school at any cost, is not worth it.

I nevertheless took my eleventh-grader daughter to full-fledged family education at the end of August this year. Expensive and paid. I just analyzed the situation and realized that the “second wave” could not be avoided, it would begin with schools, and then asymptomatic children (most often, but not always) would spread the infection to their homes. This was immediately apparent. In the same Israel, at the end of spring, similar studies were conducted on the influence of schools on the spread of COVID-19 and the emergence of a large number of super-distributors among children and adolescents.

I tried to reach out to the parents of our class chat, but I was told not to drive the wave and that everything would be fine. Nobody wanted to keep up and break the system. We left.

Our school is of federal subordination, it had the right not to fulfill the order of the Moscow mayor to switch to distance learning. Throughout September, October and early November, Polina’s classmates studied.

Two days ago, they still underwent tests and revealed a large number of asymptomatic carriers, and not asymptomatic ones either …

Result: everyone was urgently sent to the distance.

Yes, remote control is not a panacea, and everyone understands this perfectly. And no one wants to get a couple of million undergrowths across the country in a couple of years, but it’s still better than crowded covid-observatories tomorrow.

Although everyone chooses for himself, in this situation the health of one depends on the health of millions. Alas, more often than not, these simple truths reach people too late.

Discussions about the need to introduce distance education in Russia continue.

Elina Zhgutova, Russian human rights activist, public figure, head of the family policy portal “Ivan Chai”.

– Parents all over the country are outraged by the introduction of distance education: in Moscow in all schools, in the regions so far only partially. A study conducted at the Research Institute of Hygiene and Health Protection of Children and Adolescents of the Federal State Autonomous Institution “National Medical Research Center of Children’s Health” proved that the first wave of distance learning had a negative impact on the health of children.

Officials cannot help reacting to such an acute social protest, because these are ordinary parents who have been placed in a rigid framework, and the health of their children has been destroyed. The authorities must find a reasonable solution, without hiding from their parents, to offer the possibility of further full-fledged education, in accordance with our Constitution. “