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To protect students from eclipse some schools will close Monday, or will keep their students indoors

The coming dark age: Fearful of the thunder gods, some school administrators have decided to close their schools or to keep their students indoors so they can’t see the eclipse on Monday.

CBS Miami reports some local schools in South Florida are giving kids an excused absence or even the day off to enjoy the eclipse, while others have decided to keep students inside for their safety.

The Scottsdale Unified School District in Arizona decided it was just too dangerous to let kids view the eclipse, especially after some reports of fake eclipse glasses on the market that might put eyes at risk, CBS Phoenix affiliate KPHO reports. “So without us being able to control the equipment that’s being used, if it’s donated or something, and also when you’re talking about a large amount of children it’s also very difficult to convince all of the kids to not look up. That’s not to say our kids won’t be very well behaved but if there’s even a question that there could be something unsafe, Scottsdale’s not going to take the chance,” said Erin Helm with Scottsdale Unified.

The quote is from the second link above. The first link describes the decision of Ohio schools to close.

It is horrifying that there are school officials out there who would actually act to prevent children from experiencing the eclipse out of fear. Kids are smart enough to know not to look at the Sun, if you tell them not to. And it is the responsibility of the school to provide them the right kinds of eclipse glasses, which do not cost a lot and can easily be purchased.

In fact, it is revealing that the schools doing this are all public schools, and thus provides more evidence that the public schools might be the worst place to send kids to get educated.

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15 comments

  • Cotour

    Related:

    I will be flying back from Florida on Monday during most of the eclipse. Any interesting observations to be made at 30,000 feet?

    So I won’t be posting for a few days :(:::::: But I will return :)

  • Cotour: First you need a window seat. Second, you need a window seat on the correct side of the plane, which I would guess would be the right side as you enter. Third, you need eclipse glasses.

    If you do these things, you should get a great view, from the air.

  • Cotour

    Thanks, should be interesting.

    I will be expecting some of the passengers to panic, hopefully no screaming.

  • wodun

    I find all of the hysteria, histrionics, and hoopla over the eclipse to be overblown. But then I look around at everything else going on and it all makes sense. America has lost its collective mind.

  • Wayne

    wodun- good stuff.
    (look up “Halley’s Comet 1910 panic.”)

    Cotour–
    Good deal on your airplane flight, extremely serendipitous!
    >This is very good video of a 2016 eclipse from the air:

    Alaska Airlines
    Solar Eclipse from Flight #870
    https://youtu.be/YBoa81xEvNA
    (3:31)
    “We adjusted Flight #870 (Anchorage to Honolulu,) on March 8, 2016 just so our passengers could catch the solar eclipse from 35,000 feet.”

  • Wayne: Great video, but if I had to listen to the videographer say “Oh my god! Look at that!” one more time I might have puked. :)

  • Wayne

    Ozzy Osbourne in Carbondale, Illinois
    “Moonstock 2017”
    https://youtu.be/u9L93Q7JbZ8
    (0:30)

  • Cotour

    Cool, I just the other day realized that my flight coincided with the eclipse. I figure that I will be right around the Carolina’s as it passes over, should be an interesting experience.

  • Joe

    Cotour, I would think that at flight level 350, there wouldn’t be any obscurances, you should be able to get a good view if your in the right place at the right time. Good luck!

  • Edward

    It is way too bad that the modern American educator is so inferior to the educators of my day. When a partial eclipse was due at my grade school, the teachers taught us about pinhole cameras and how to make them to view the partial eclipse.
    https://www.pcmag.com/news/355646/how-to-make-a-pinhole-camera-to-watch-the-solar-eclipse

    Then we built our cameras during class and went outside to view the partial eclipse under teacher supervision.

    That quick, simple, grade school lesson about optics during did well for me in high school and college physics classes. I even used the optical concept of ray-tracing (fundamental to the pinhole camera) in my professional career, too.

    It is too bad that modern educators just aren’t as smart as when I was in school.

  • wayne

    Edward-
    Good stuff.
    I distinctly remember being taught the pin-hole ‘thing in school.

  • Jimbo

    Robert,

    I think you are a little overzealous in your condemnation of the schools. There was and eclipse when I was in elementary school.

    For the eclipse we stayed inside during that time unless you had brought in eclipse glasses or a pinhole viewer.

    I stayed inside, no big deal.

    I’m not gonna no to heavily fault the school on this, missed science opportunity yes, but I think you were being hyperbolic.

    And I’m not that intrigued by the eclipse, its not a great wonder to me. Sometimes the earth, moon, and sun line up and there is no sun light. This is way less interesting than when Space X landed its first stage.

  • Dave Williams

    I teach a class that ends about 40 minutes prior to eclipse. Our college is giving away solar glasses. From my classroom, students have a 20 minute drive to path of totality. Win-win-win!

  • pzatchok

    Just another paid day off for public school teachers.

    My company bought everyone those cheap glasses.

    I took the day off to watch with my brother.
    And to see if any zombies come out in the dark….

  • Edward

    pzatchok,
    Any zombies? Please report back whether or not you survived the zombie attack.

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