Lockdown instead of (Ge-)knowledge

How Germany destroys its children

It has now been 371 days since Corona virus was first confirmed in Wuhan, China on December 31, 2019. For more than a year now, the virus has been causing terrible disease and hundreds of thousands of deaths worldwide. It is a novel virus that is as yet unknown and not sufficiently researched. It is therefore presumptuous to accuse politicians or other decision-makers of failure or the like at the beginning of 2020. Countries, researchers, politicians and people around the world were faced with a conundrum. So much for the basic facts at the beginning of the Corona Pandemic.
But what followed months after the outbreak? While science researched vaccination options and therapies against the disease and initiated studies on a wide variety of issues and gradually delivered the first results, politics mostly followed only one calculation: keep their distance, avoid contacts, close stores and observe hygiene measures.

After the first lockdown, experts already came forward and pointed out the serious consequences for children. Educational deficits in schools that are difficult to make up, with children from socially disadvantaged backgrounds showing even greater educational deficits in percentage terms. Children’s social interaction is further inhibited by regulations such as contact restrictions imposed by the states, and children from difficult family backgrounds are hit even harder. Because while kindergartens or schools used to be a protected place of retreat for these children, these children are now exposed to the difficult family environment all day and around the clock.

In many cases, it’s just parents who are maxed out themselves because they have to juggle a job, quarantine, lockdown, and the children’s education. Unfortunately, however, children are also affected whose parents, for a variety of reasons, are not up to this task of daily and complete care of the children and then harm them physically as well as mentally. It does not matter whether mental illnesses, addictions or similar are the triggers for this – the ones who suffer are the children, who are now exposed to this situation non-stop.

The failure of politics

Policy rationale for this? Lockdown is necessary to prevent the spread of the disease. Bases for these measures? Hardly any! Whereas at the beginning of the epidemic the virologist Dr. Drosten still assumed that children were at the same risk of infection as adults, further studies have since revealed a much more differentiated picture. This is because children have different levels of infectivity depending on their age, and so policymakers should have developed a much more nuanced approach. This would have been appropriate, even if the virus was only spread to a reasonable extent over the summer months. But virologists and epidemiologists pointed out in the spring that autumn and winter were coming, and they were right.

Until then, the policy? Mainly slept! No concepts have been developed. Politicians have imposed bans and restrictions, some of which were illegal. The fact that the parliament did not do its job during this period and that such extensive decisions were simply taken in the prime ministerial round and bypassed the parliament puts an exclamation mark on the whole thing.

What did the opposition do about it? Nothing!

The lack of a lobby for children

You can feel sorry for the kids. Because while billions upon billions in loans are given to faltering commercial enterprises, investments in education and care for our children are in short supply. Schools and kindergartens have not been provided with sensible air filtration systems, nor have schools responded to the miserable experiences during the first lockdown. Why were not all teachers equipped with FFP2 masks? It is well known that the mouth-nose area is the main entry point of the virus. Kindergartens changed their concepts and rescheduled, and schools tried to offer a minimum of education through alternating classes. But ultimately, the lockdown also closed schools and kindergartens.

But weren’t hardware stores open during the first lockdown? Remember the crowds and the lines at the checkout? What about Deutsche Bahn, which, as you know, belongs to the state? With public transportation, shopping stores and many more. It is inexplicable why schools and daycare centers have to remain closed while people are allowed to jostle each other on public transportation or work together at work every day.

Excuse me, the risks of infection are of course much higher here, but this is about business. On the one hand, of course, understandable. On the other hand, the question arises why schools and daycare centers with far lower risk remain closed?

Misunderstood solidarity

Why is a lockdown being imposed across Germany and daycare centers and schools being closed? Out of solidarity? Is it in solidarity to now prevent the children’s claim to education in this country because of a high number of infections in the neighboring town? Allowing educational gaps and prohibiting children from socializing?

It is a total failure of politics as a whole and the daily phrases can also hardly hide the fact that the situation is not changing. In France, for example, physical violence against children increased by 50% during the lockdown.

Germany will have to struggle with this behavior toward its young and weak population for decades to come. The social impact, academic performance, and knowledge levels of our children and youth will certainly be felt. But what has this high price been good for? I wonder how many infections could be prevented? Is the number of infections the only important instance in life?

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Suggested Citation

Götz, S. (2021). Lockdown instead of knowledge. Children lack a lobby in Germany. ISSN: 2748-2979. Accessed 05.01.2021. Available at: https://krippenzeit.de/lockdown-statt-gewissen/

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