Post by abelard
you now have a controlled experiment
smaller classes with a government 'privileged' group of clients
vs the deprived masses locked out
If one kid's mum stacks shelves in a supermarket and another's dad is a charted accountant, then the former takes precedence.
I can see only vaguely where Johnson is going with this one. He is clearly trying to reduce the school population to cut down interactions between children from different families.
However, it's very difficult to separate children into groups when they are spending their free time playing in the streets, recreation grounds etc. If the exposure of children to the virus is to be attempted by sending them home then surely it is a better strategy to send them all home rather than some of them. Otherwise, keep them all in school which is what he was doing before he introduced the measure and is the normal situation.
This measure was never intended as an experiment it was intended to reduce the risk of infection. It's difficult to see how it can fully achieve this. I alos fear the effect of this differential treatment on the older examination classes.