By Duncan Smith

Stop us if you’ve heard this story before.

There’s a Democrat who has claimed for months that Americans should “follow the science” and give up their rights in order to save themselves from the COVID-19 pandemic, but now suddenly doesn’t believe in “the science” when a protected political constituency is harmed.

Yes, that scenario has played out time and time again since, oh, last March when California’s Democratic governor became the first in the country to lock down his state.

Here’s to you, Gavin Newsom; enjoy your recall.

Fast forward to now: Schools continue to be shuttered in favor of ‘virtual learning’ in blue enclaves around the country because members of teachers’ unions refuse to teach in-person classes.

Why? Well, COVID kills, dontcha know?

Only, “the science” has proven — proven — for months that kids aren’t superspreaders of the virus, meaning teachers aren’t at much risk.

Joe Biden says he’s a ‘science’ guy when it comes to formulating his COVID policies.

But is he? Nah. Not really.

The Free Beacon reports:

A group of 66 House Republicans accused President Joe Biden of rejecting the scientific consensus that schools can safely reopen, a move they say harms American children.

Led by Rep. Jason Smith (R., Mo.), the lawmakers sent Biden a Thursday letter urging him to “follow the science” by pushing state and local leaders across the U.S. to reopen schools. The letter notes that there is “little evidence to show in-person instruction in classrooms contributes to the spread of COVID-19,” citing a January study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. It also criticizes the Biden administration for contradicting top government scientists. After CDC director Rochelle Walensky said there are “increasing data to suggest that schools can reopen,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki dismissed the comment, claiming Walensky “spoke in her personal capacity.”

“Despite [Walensky’s] expert opinion, your White House continues to ignore the science,” the letter reads. “Our children are suffering, and it is time to allow them to resume their education with in-person instruction.”

The plea comes just hours after the White House clarified its promise to reopen schools within Biden’s first 100 days in office, with Psaki stating Tuesday that Biden’s goal is for a majority of schools to offer “some” in-person teaching “at least one day a week.”

One day a week? Is she serious?

Yes, she is.

But Biden’s administration clearly is not serious about the fundamental responsibility of our society: Educating our youth so they will be prepared to take over as the current generations age and die.

Fortunately, many communities around the country have returned to in-person education this school year.

Biden, however, is not about to anger one of the Democratic Party’s core constituencies: The recalcitrant teacher’s unions.

We are dooming an entire generation of young people to substandardness and mediocrity.

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