EDITOR, The Tribune.
A BIG debate in the United States erupted recently when a state school ruled that any student attending that institution of learning had to wear a mask.
In other words no “ifs” “ands” or “buts‘‘ about it – just as the student had to have a certain grade to be accepted at the school so did each child have to come wearing a mask to protect them, their classmates and teachers from the deadly COVID pandemic. If parents were not going to protect their children from the killer that is no respector of persons, then the school would replace the parental authority to protect all of them while on its campus by requiring that all mask up – or not be admitted.
However, I am sure that if a child had a particular medical problem, the school would have discussed it with the parents and a remedy would have been found to dismiss the mask. However, the general rule – no mask, no school – come and have a discussion or look elsewhere for education. This seems to be a reasonable position to take, if only for the greater good of all. But, oh no, there must be a fight – the health of hundreds of children is to be jepordised – even to the point of death – because these parents want to protect their constitutional rights to have the last say in the upbringing of their own children. All, I say is it’s all well and dandy – but if you want it your way go and start your own school with like-minded parents. These are the rules of this particular school – it’s a take it or leave it situation. If you don’t like the rules, go look elsewhere.
I recall many, many years ago the big argument over school uniforms here in Nassau. I don’t remember what elementary school it was, but there was a big argument over the outlandish hairstyles of the budding teenage girls. It was explained that the background to the uniform was to equalise the students — the parent who could afford more would not be in a position to dress up her little girl in eye-catching dresses that would distract the class. In a uniform they were all equal and their concentration was on their books and the teacher and not what the little girl in the next seat was wearing. And then hairstyles became the issue. The styles and the arguments became so outlandish that it made news in the press.
In the end I recall the school also taking over a young lady’s hairstyle. They soon understood that they had come to school to put education in their empty brains, and not to see who could out do the other in hairstyles.
Now we have a killer pandemic roaming the world and taking off too many citizens who are refusing to take the vaccination and wear masks.
For me the rising number of deaths from COVID should be reason enough to make vaccinations and masking mandatory. If a person has a special condition that this would be a problem, then with their doctor’s advice they can discover the best way to protect themselves and others.
Other than that the debate is over. A killer roams the world. Either make sacrifices to stop it in its tracks, or reserve a plot in the nearest cemetery. The choice is yours.
A TRUE BAHAMIAN
September 11. 2021