It was safety first, science second — in many cases, a distant second — in Los Angeles schools during the solar eclipse Monday. And some teachers and administrators felt that — out of a lack of preparation and an excess of caution — the L.A. Unified School District flubbed a highly teachable moment.
A lot of students across the nation’s second-largest school system were unable to watch the eclipse and were kept inside, often with blinds drawn, and escorted under umbrellas if they had to step outdoors.
The natural phenomenon was treated more like a natural disaster.
Safety, of course, was a serious concern, given that looking directly at a solar eclipse can cause...