• John Locke Update

    Mask Wars? There Is a Way Forward

    posted September 15, 2021 by Dr. Robert Luebke
    School districts' mask requirements reveal deep differences about who should make decisions about children’s health and how they are educated. Florida allows parents of children who were threatened or bullied because of mask choice to attend another public or private school of their choice. North Carolina should consider similar legislation; giving parents the choice over how and where their child is educated is key to ending the mask wars.
  • John Locke Update

    What Are School Mask Mandates Doing to Children?

    posted September 7, 2021 by Jon Sanders
    Nearly every public school district in North Carolina is forcing face masks on students. Researchers are sounding the alarm about the psychological, physical, social, developmental, and academic harms of masks on young schoolchildren. With the benefits so uncertain and the potential costs so large, we must be asking whether these mandates are really worth it.
  • John Locke Update

    To mask, or not to mask, that is the question

    posted July 15, 2021 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    North Carolina is one of only ten states that continue to schoolchildren to all be masked. Elected officials want mask policies to be in the hands of local communities and not the Cooper administration. A recent ABC Science Collaborative study of COVID-19 transmission in schools is misleading and ignores scientific research on the harms of face coverings.
  • John Locke Update

    Does Cooper’s own research justify his extreme orders? Part 2

    posted December 15, 2020 by Jon Sanders
    The question is this: Does this research offer a slam-dunk case justifying Cooper's extreme emergency orders? This series will examine and discuss each study provided by the Cooper administration and ask whether it supports Cooper's extreme exercise of power, because that is the relevant standard.
  • John Locke Update

    Does Cooper’s own research justify his extreme orders? Part 1

    posted December 7, 2020 by Jon Sanders
    The question is this: Does this research offer a slam-dunk case justifying Cooper's extreme emergency orders? This series will examine and discuss each study provided by the Cooper administration and ask whether it supports Cooper's extreme exercise of power, because that is the relevant standard.
  • John Locke Update

    Why We Need the NC Threat-Free Index

    posted November 5, 2020 by Jon Sanders
    For many weeks I have been producing contextualized looks at North Carolina’s COVID-19 numbers. Recently, I’ve started calling it the “NC Threat-Free Index.” Here’s why. Round-the-clock virus coverage in…
  • John Locke Update

    What does the science say about Cooper forcing healthy people to wear masks?

    posted August 31, 2020 by Jon Sanders
    There's no science that supports Cooper's idea that asymptomatic people are the most infectious people. Your risk from a brief encounter with someone at a grocery store, someone walking from the door to the restaurant table, or someone going past on a public sidewalk is indistinguishable from zero.

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