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President of Brown University Says Reopening Campuses in the Fall Should be ‘National Priority’

President of Brown University Says Reopening Campuses in the Fall Should be ‘National Priority’

“We can’t simply send students home and shift to remote learning every time this happens.”

She has a point. Like small businesses, there is only so long schools can be shut down before there is nothing left to return to.

The Hill reports:

Brown University president says reopening campuses in the fall should be ‘national priority’

The president of Brown University said the reopening of college campuses in the fall should be a national priority.

Brown University President Christina Paxson said campuses must reopen because of the barriers placed on students attempting remote learning. She stressed higher education is crucial to the U.S. economy.

“The reopening of college and university campuses in the fall should be a national priority. Institutions should develop public health plans now that build on three basic elements of controlling the spread of infection: test, trace and separate,” Paxson wrote in an op-ed published in The New York Times Sunday.

Paxson said plans must be developed on “the reality” that there will be resurgences of COVID-19 infections until a vaccine is developed.

“We can’t simply send students home and shift to remote learning every time this happens. Colleges and universities must be able to safely handle the possibility of infection on campus while maintaining the continuity of their core academic functions,” she wrote.

Paxson said she is “cautiously optimistic” campuses can reopen in the fall, but “only if careful planning is done now.”

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The Emperor wears no clothes.

Shhhh … lest the people figure it out.

This woman is terrified — absolutely terrified — that her paying customers will realise that the money they’re spending on Brown (a former institution of higher learning) can be invested/allocated in far more worthwhile pursuits. it’s all about Return On Investment, is it not

Paxson’s salary is $1.3 million. Because of the shutdown, she agreed a few weeks ago to take a 20% pay cut. So, now she’s “only” making a little over $1 million. Hard times. Still, you have to wonder if she’s seeing some preliminary fall enrollment numbers that maybe don’t look so good.

Maybe Patrick “Patches” Kennedy can do some pr work for them.

For now, it seems that education has been relegated to the nonessential heap. We take our blessings as we find them.

Yeah, it should be a national priority. I reckon somewhere around #2,573 on the list of priorities.

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