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Letter: In-person learning would make teachers ‘front-line risk takers’


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State Sen. Cliff Pirtle, in his guest op-ed, appealed to the common “post hoc ergo propter hoc” reasoning fallacy regarding the tragic suicide of a Hobbs 11-year-old.

The Latin phrase means, “It happened after this, therefore it happened because of this.”

Sen. Pirtle stated governor Lujan Grisham’s decision to have schools online is out of touch and unacceptable, tacitly blaming the suicide on the governor’s Covid policy. Suicide/suicide attempts in that age range were more common than many might believe prior to the novel coronavirus.

Face-to-face teachers, behind healthcare professionals, would become front-line risk takers if in-person instruction was resumed.

Perhaps Sen. Pirtle, if his busy schedule permits, would consider masking up as a substitute teacher.

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Steven Young

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