Colorado’s Moms and Dads were forced to put our children on the front lines of the pandemic to protect adults. This was morally indecent and burdened our children with long-term academic setbacks and mental health trauma.
Enough. Is. Enough.Now is the time for Colorado's Moms and Dads to prioritize our children. We must fix the damage self-interested, corrupt politicians, who are owned by special interests, inflicted on our children.
Colorado's Leaders Failed our Children. Here's why:
The Colorado Education Association says about the traumatic impact of online learning.
Colorado’s Moms and Dads know the truth:
On May 25th, 2021, Children's Hospital Colorado declared a state of emergency because
of a jump in suicide attempts and emergency room visits for mental health crises increased by 90% in April.
At Children's Hospital Colorado, mental health-related visits have doubled and visits to the psychiatric emergency department have
increased by 10% due to thoughts of suicide.
Children admitted via the pediatric emergency department showed
a significant increase in suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts in March 2020, compared to March 2019.
In Denver Public Schools, a quarter of kindergarten through 3rd grade students are reading below grade level,
up 22% since the beginning of the school year.
In Jeffco Public Schools, 3rd though 7th grade students demonstrated lower median growth in reading compared to the previous year.
Performance gaps were more pronounced among English language learners in most grades.
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“We do not err because truth is difficult to see. It is visible at a glance. We err because this is more comfortable.”
Screenshot taken from the Colorado Education Association Facebook page. Post published on May 29th, 2021.
Parents know their kids have suffered and been deprived of a real education, but the CEA posts opinion pieces saying that learning loss is “fake science” (citation ⓘ).
Gaslighting is when you know what happened, and the perpetrator tells you you’re crazy. The CEA kept our kids home to win new contracts, scale back standardized testing, and now endorses an article that says: “It all sounds very scientific. It isn’t. But parents know that something is happening to their children’s education this year, and they’re afraid that it’s bad, so they are primed to heed the alarms and demand solutions.”
“Democratic-leaning Keating Research conducted the survey between Jan. 5 and Jan. 10 among 600 active, registered voters, 27% of whom have a child or children in the K-12 school age range. The margin of error was 4 percentage points…
…When asked about their feelings on the testing knowing the results “would be used only to determine the amount of student academic learning loss and to identify school and district trends without high-stakes implications,” support jumped to 62%. Opposition was 25%, with 12% saying they didn’t know or weren’t sure how they felt.”
Did the CEA deliberately misread this data to avoid accountability and to achieve their long-term goal of rolling back standardized testing?