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Kosmikophobia grips schools as eclipse approaches

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I received this email from our sons’ elementary school.

We will not be allowed to view the eclipse outside, but will view it on the Smart board (live stream from NASA) in the afternoon. We will be returning any money that was given to purchase the eclipse glasses. Thank you so much for those parents that sent in money!! Don’t worry though, we still have some fun things to do on that day that “revolve” around the eclipse!!

To insure that our students and staff are 100% safe on August 21st (Eclipse Day), we ask that classes do not go outside any time after 2:00 pm. If the time changes we will notify all staff members.

So we can all enjoy the experience in our building, we will forward the live stream link from NASA to all staff. All PK-5th grade students can watch the live link on the smartboard in their classroom.

Where we live in Georgia, the eclipse will cover about 94% of the sun. It will be the only eclipse most of these kids will see from here in their lifetimes. And they’ll be forced to watch it indoors, on TV.

I thought this brand of liability-lawyer-inspired stupidity might have been unique to our school district, and then I saw this:

The Cumberland Valley School District will keep students indoors for afternoon recess during next week’s partial solar eclipse.

In a letter to parents, school administrators said the decision was made after consulting with the district physician.

“While we recognize that the opportunity to view an eclipse is a rare occurrence, our number one priority is the health, safety, and well being of our students and staff,” the letter states. “There are possible hazards associated with exposure to potentially harmful rays during the partial eclipse.”

I’m surprised these schools are letting kids outside at all, anytime. Because looking directly into the sun is hazardous, you know.

I understand that the purpose of “viewing an eclipse” is to look at the sun, but at our school, they made the glasses available. Apparently, some lawyer determined that if a little kid takes off the glasses, some parent will sue the school for the resulting eye damage. So it’s better to stay in a dark room and watch on television as if it wasn’t real.

This is, in my non-technical opinion as a parent, bullcrap.

Fortunately for our family, we decided weeks ago to take our kids out of school for the day and travel a few hours away to be inside the 100% totality band. We have our own eclipse glasses. Hopefully, God-willing, if there’s no cloud cover, we’ll get the view of the eclipse we are supposed to have while the other kids sit in a dark room, inside.

I encourage you, parents, to check with your schools to see if they are contributing to your kids’ ignorance and non-experience of anything except television programs. You might want to keep little Johnny or Jane home, lest they miss out on a real-life experience they may never see again.

That’s my take.

P.S. “Kosmikophobia” is a thing.

Serial entrepreneur. Faith, family, federal republic. One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

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