Thanks to emails published last week, we know the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) caved to pressure from the National Educational Association to reverse a recommendation on school masking. On May 14, a day before the CDC recommended continued masking at schools, the NEA threatened to publish a letter complaining that not mandating masks in schools makes “it hard for school boards and leaders of institutions of higher education to do the right thing by maintaining mitigation measures.”
This brings up a few questions. Why did the NEA go against scientific authorities to push for more masking? Are they really scared that teachers and students are at greater risk of infection? Do they simply want to use the inconvenience of masking to motivate more people to take a vaccine? Or do they want people to mask up because they like what masking does to the school environment?
Having worked as a teacher through the dumpster fire that