Left behind

The sharp contrast between how Europe is handling schools in the era of COVID-19 and how America is handling them is dispiriting. In Europe, the children are a priority. In the United States, they’re an afterthought. And it puts the lie to the false piety of American governors and mayors as they kept schools shut while claiming to be “following the science.”

Data from Europe show the U.S. to be an outlier here — a status sure to increase parents’ frustration and productivity struggles further and cast into doubt the country’s ability to get back to what it once considered normal.

In early October, amid
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