Should schools allow students to view the total solar eclipse? | The Tylt
Should schools allow students to view the total solar eclipse?
A total solar eclipse like this a huge opportunity for schools to get students excited about science. It's rare to see scientific principles demonstrated so clearly outside of books. It's rarer still for it to be such an awe-inspiring event.
As long as the children are viewing the eclipse through the proper equipment, there shouldn't be any issues.
Some schools are choosing to keep students inside or are canceling classes entirely. It's hard enough to get a large group of children to follow the rules on a normal day. Wrangling a large group of young children during a solar eclipse and making sure they don't try to look at the sun anyway is a huge task. Children can seriously damage their eyes if they don't follow instructions.
It's not worth the risk for students to see the eclipse under the school's direction. There are other ways children can learn and experience the eclipse without putting their well-being at risk.