A few weeks ago, I said Arizonans had to think of new ideas when it came to keeping our roads maintained. Now, we need to think regarding something even more important:  how to keep up the education of our children now that they can’t be in school.

On Friday, Gov. Doug Ducey and School Superintendent Kathy Hoffman announced the schools would continue to remain closed due to concerns over the coronavirus until at least April 10. We have to do something to help our children stay up with what they need to learn or they could fall behind.

The Parker Unified School District is taking some action in this regard by having packets available for students to pick up. This will help a lot, but much of the learning process involves interaction between students and teachers and between students and other students. This will be missing from the packets.

The fact is, schools are about so much more than just learning academics. Students learn about life from schools. Schools are the center of social life for children. This is what they will be missing from having the schools closed.

This is a situation most people have never encountered before. It’s like Superintendent Brad Sale said, we’re in unchartered territory.

The best thing we can do is come together (but not too close; social distancing and all) and create ideas on how to keep our children educated. We need to work together. The one thing we don’t need right now is fighting and bickering.

When I was in high school in central Ohio, there was a winter when there was a severe shortage of natural gas and all schools had to be closed. In Columbus, the television stations shut down their daytime programming and devoted their air time to instruction from teachers. It was a remarkable example of people putting their special interests aside in favor of taking care of the children.

I recall this time because my high school, Berne Union in Sugar Grove, Ohio was closed. A nearby reform school had an old-fashioned coal furnace, so students from Berne Union were bussed to that school for classes at night. That’s right. I can tell people that, when I was in high school, I spent some time in a reform school.

Seriously, this situation calls for the support of everyone for the sake of the children. They are our future, and we can be sure that what we do for them today they will pay it forward at some future date. This is the time for positive action. This isn’t the time for inaction or grandstanding.

We need to think.

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Is it a legitimate question or not? Some in the media have noticed that President Donald Trump has recently taken up calling the coronavirus the “Chinese Virus.”

When asked why he did this, his answer was, “Because that’s where it came from.”

At first glance, that appears to be a legit answer. We know the current coronavirus originated in Wuhan in China. There’s nothing racist in saying that’s where it came from. It’s just a statement of fact.

While this is true, it should not be used to justify hostility towards the Chinese people, the Chinese culture or Asians and Asian-Americans in general. They are not responsible for this virus, and they are having to deal with it like everyone else. I suspect many of those using this virus to justify their hostility were already racist towards Asians.

Which brings us back to why the President starting calling it the “Chinese Virus” at the time that he did. It’s actually a fair question because it calls into question his motives.

From what I’ve seen, President Trump is not good at accepting responsibility for anything unless it makes him look good. He will divert people’s attention and try to blame someone else. He has been criticized for his Administration’s early actions regarding the coronavirus.

It would be completely within his character to try to divert attention and blame someone else. That’s why many are suspicious about why he now calls it the “Chinese Virus.”

The virus first appeared in China. There’s evidence the Chinese government bungled its response and tried to cover things up. They should be held accountable.

Saying that is different from calling the coronavirus the “Chinese Virus” because you’re trying to divert attention from your own failings and blame someone else. It’s only because we know Donald Trump that people are questioning his motives.

Judging from how both parties have responded to the coronavirus, it’s easy to see why the American people have so little faith in Washington right now.

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