New York Governor Kathy Hochul issued what amounted to a mea culpa on Friday when she called it “a mistake” when the state closed down schools in favor of remote learning as COVID hit in 2020.
“We’re going to peel back every dynamic and let’s look at not just in the workplace but what happened to women when the decisions were made to have all the kids go home and learn remotely,” Hochul said in a speech to a women’s symposium in Albany. “Wow. Wow, what a mistake that was. What a mistake that was.”
“Women couldn’t go to their jobs. They lost their jobs. One child in a classroom tests positive, the whole class goes home for a week and a half. It was chaos, nothing short of chaos, and it just seems to have not ended.”
It’s nice she is finally acknowledging what everyone knows to be true about the disaster of school closures, but she conveniently neglects to mention how it all happened.
The school lockdowns she now decries were ordered under the…Cuomo-Hochul administration.
Cuomo ordered schools shut down in March, 2020 and they stayed closed for many months at the behest of the teacher’s unions. We don’t recall Hochul speaking up then against this horrid policy. She and Cuomo ignored all of the science which confirmed that school lockdowns were unnecessary and harmful.