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2020-08-05 9:34:12 AM  
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2020-08-05 9:42:17 AM  
Now all our kids are going to get girlfriends with amazing teeth.
 
2020-08-05 10:21:39 AM  

UberDave: Now all our kids are going to get girlfriends with amazing teeth.


Damn you. You beat me to it.
 
2020-08-05 10:22:28 AM  
Probably because of the coronavirus.
 
2020-08-05 10:23:00 AM  
COVID-19 an integral part of the Trump/DeVos plot to destroy Public Education in America!
 
2020-08-05 10:24:01 AM  
The competition at spelling bees is going to skyrocket.
 
2020-08-05 10:27:20 AM  

Zeb Hesselgresser: COVID-19 an integral part of the Trump/DeVos plot to destroy Public Education in America!


Thanks, China!

/s
 
2020-08-05 10:29:58 AM  

UberDave: Now all our kids are going to get girlfriends with amazing teeth.


And be able to see in the dark just by telling a joke.
 
2020-08-05 10:36:36 AM  
<img src= "home schooled wife pic I can't fine right now">
 
2020-08-05 10:38:13 AM  
Hopefully learning more about our Lord and Savior Rowdy Roddy Piper.
 
2020-08-05 10:42:52 AM  
The teacher is hot and she used to wipe your ass and scrub your naughty bits in the bath tub.
 
2020-08-05 10:43:13 AM  
Ability to isolate is the ultimate status indicator.

Anybody who can afford to work from home and hold a semblance of normalcy without fear of eviction or starvation are doing it. I don't blame them; the big orange dumbass screwed up so badly that the only alternative is protect you and those close to you.
 
2020-08-05 10:45:54 AM  
STOP HAVING KIDS you farking selfish motherfuarkers
 
2020-08-05 10:49:28 AM  
I'll bet band practice is a lot of fun.
 
2020-08-05 10:49:53 AM  

fisker: STOP HAVING KIDS you farking selfish motherfuarkers


Cool.  Don't ever retire, need health insurance, or anyone to take care of you or have anything new designed.  Just sit there and rot at a meaningless job and then die.
 
2020-08-05 10:52:51 AM  

Hooker with a Penis: The teacher is hot and she used to wipe your ass and scrub your naughty bits in the bath tub.


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2020-08-05 10:53:08 AM  

fisker: STOP HAVING KIDS you farking selfish motherfuarkers


For a bit, maybe. Wouldn't be good long term policy.
 
2020-08-05 10:53:41 AM  

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: Ability to isolate is the ultimate status indicator.

Anybody who can afford to work from home and hold a semblance of normalcy without fear of eviction or starvation are doing it. I don't blame them; the big orange dumbass screwed up so badly that the only alternative is protect you and those close to you.


I think a lot more can afford to, they just don't or one of the spouses doesn't want to.  We took a big income hit when my wife stopped working and I was really concerned about it.  All we had to do was make eating out a once a week thing as opposed to a 15-20 times a week thing, stop buying new clothes every season, stop buying so much crap, etc...  Actually a lot happier now.  My wife loves it.
 
2020-08-05 10:53:46 AM  

Hooker with a Penis: The teacher is hot and she used to wipe your ass and scrub your naughty bits in the bath tub.


What do you mean "used to"?
 
2020-08-05 10:55:03 AM  
School as a place makes no sense and the system needs to be fundamentally rebuilt. Consider this as a thought experiment: instead of spending the $12k per kid on average that we currently spend, we could hire individual teachers at the local level with minimal administration to teach groups of 10 kids in a smaller setting at $120k/year each.
 
2020-08-05 11:00:26 AM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Hooker with a Penis: The teacher is hot and she used to wipe your ass and scrub your naughty bits in the bath tub.

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Is it lunchtime yet?
 
2020-08-05 11:01:08 AM  

UberDave: Now all our kids are going to get girlfriends with amazing teeth.


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2020-08-05 11:06:12 AM  
We definitely are happy to have the ability to be home schooling our children this year. When we looked into it, we were shocked at how little oversight there is in Michigan. We will be spending something like $700 on course material for the year. We basically had to finish the year last year homeschool as our district's remote schooling options were terrible.

If folks can do it, do it. Keep your kids safe. Consider teaming up with two or three other families and rotating responsibilities so there's less impact on work and you're still reducing the opportunities for getting infected.
 
2020-08-05 11:12:08 AM  

fisker: STOP HAVING KIDS you farking selfish motherfuarkers


Wow, you are full of fact and charm, aren't you?
 
2020-08-05 11:12:50 AM  

FLMountainMan: fisker: STOP HAVING KIDS you farking selfish motherfuarkers

Cool.  Don't ever retire, need health insurance, or anyone to take care of you or have anything new designed.  Just sit there and rot at a meaningless job and then die.


I recently read about a single Mom in Columbus Ohio USA who doesn't know what she is going to do now that a $600 check isn't going to be coming her way. She is in fear of homelessness for herself and her 8 children. She is among the 30% of renters in 'murica who are federal funded. She had a minimum wage job and lost it. meanwhile, eight children.
 
2020-08-05 11:15:47 AM  

sinko swimo: FLMountainMan: fisker: STOP HAVING KIDS you farking selfish motherfuarkers

Cool.  Don't ever retire, need health insurance, or anyone to take care of you or have anything new designed.  Just sit there and rot at a meaningless job and then die.

I recently read about a single Mom in Columbus Ohio USA who doesn't know what she is going to do now that a $600 check isn't going to be coming her way. She is in fear of homelessness for herself and her 8 children. She is among the 30% of renters in 'murica who are federal funded. She had a minimum wage job and lost it. meanwhile, eight children.


And?
 
2020-08-05 11:16:16 AM  
Another thing that's interesting is people who have two kids under the age of five, and one of the spouses makes <$45,000.  Your take home pay is going to be around $3,000. Child care is going to cost you around $1500 a month, easily.  So minusing out the cost of child care and the cost of traveling to child care and all the associated rigamarole, you're really making around minimum wage.  I get that there are benefits involved and career advancement to think about, but in the short-term, it really doesn't make a lot of sense.
 
2020-08-05 11:18:45 AM  

sinko swimo: FLMountainMan: fisker: STOP HAVING KIDS you farking selfish motherfuarkers

Cool.  Don't ever retire, need health insurance, or anyone to take care of you or have anything new designed.  Just sit there and rot at a meaningless job and then die.

I recently read about a single Mom in Columbus Ohio USA who doesn't know what she is going to do now that a $600 check isn't going to be coming her way. She is in fear of homelessness for herself and her 8 children. She is among the 30% of renters in 'murica who are federal funded. She had a minimum wage job and lost it. meanwhile, eight children.


Sounds like totally legitimate news story and a very valid representation of people who have children.

So what was the single mom doing before the $600 monthly federal supplement was implemented in April?
 
2020-08-05 11:51:24 AM  

FLMountainMan: sinko swimo: FLMountainMan: fisker: STOP HAVING KIDS you farking selfish motherfuarkers

Cool.  Don't ever retire, need health insurance, or anyone to take care of you or have anything new designed.  Just sit there and rot at a meaningless job and then die.

I recently read about a single Mom in Columbus Ohio USA who doesn't know what she is going to do now that a $600 check isn't going to be coming her way. She is in fear of homelessness for herself and her 8 children. She is among the 30% of renters in 'murica who are federal funded. She had a minimum wage job and lost it. meanwhile, eight children.

Sounds like totally legitimate news story and a very valid representation of people who have children.

So what was the single mom doing before the $600 monthly federal supplement was implemented in April?


Yep. Either totally made up story or she still has many government subsidies coming in. You aren't raising eight kids on minimum wage. No way.
 
2020-08-05 12:03:25 PM  

Bearishlyphat: School as a place makes no sense and the system needs to be fundamentally rebuilt. Consider this as a thought experiment: instead of spending the $12k per kid on average that we currently spend, we could hire individual teachers at the local level with minimal administration to teach groups of 10 kids in a smaller setting at $120k/year each.


Hell for $12,000 a year, you could hire a $64,000/yr person to come and teach your kid one on one for nine months a year, 10 hours a week.  Which counting administrative time, holidays, etc... ten hours a week is about what your kids are actually spending learning anyway.  Allocate the other time to socialization, play, etc...
 
2020-08-05 12:10:03 PM  
Maybe it's a way to solve the eviction crisis. Are those tenants? No, they're students!
 
2020-08-05 12:21:08 PM  
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2020-08-05 12:27:33 PM  
My SO and I have been talking through this for our daughter. Not having a mask mandate in school is a big reason we're leaning toward keeping her home for distance learning, because however inconvenient it is, it doesn't compare to the inconvenience of having our child (or us or anyone we love) get sick.

Her teacher has (presumably) already created this year's curriculum, so we can keep her enrolled in school while using the resources she would otherwise get in person, as opposed to creating an education plan and submitting it to the school committee.

Then again, homeschooling wouldn't tie her down to a fairly narrowly-defined set of subjects and assignments or force her to sit at a laptop for six hours a day, like she did in the spring.

Underneath all of this is my admittedly cynical thought that we pay taxes for education, so let's use the resources that we pay for instead of having to create new ones.
 
2020-08-05 12:48:50 PM  

meanmutton: We definitely are happy to have the ability to be home schooling our children this year. When we looked into it, we were shocked at how little oversight there is in Michigan. We will be spending something like $700 on course material for the year. We basically had to finish the year last year homeschool as our district's remote schooling options were terrible.


Our kids are in Northville schools and our board meeting was last night. Supposedly the remote teaching will be better this year. Last spring was horrid. They fired the board president after some stupid comments he made on Facebook. So the first 30 minutes of public comments was angry parents from his Facebook group. The rest was more reasonable. The outcome seems to be virtual in Sept then 50/50 in Oct.

Where did you go to find course material? My wife and I were talking about getting some just in case.
 
2020-08-05 12:55:07 PM  
One thing some parent's are doing in my area is actually hiring teachers to teach a pod of 4 children. Not cheap, I'm sure.
 
2020-08-05 1:14:13 PM  
Our district is doing distance learning for the first 6 week. (probably more than that being the way this thing is going) We are fortunate enough to have chromebooks for every student.

/works at the district
 
2020-08-05 1:15:37 PM  

Akuinnen: meanmutton: We definitely are happy to have the ability to be home schooling our children this year. When we looked into it, we were shocked at how little oversight there is in Michigan. We will be spending something like $700 on course material for the year. We basically had to finish the year last year homeschool as our district's remote schooling options were terrible.

Our kids are in Northville schools and our board meeting was last night. Supposedly the remote teaching will be better this year. Last spring was horrid. They fired the board president after some stupid comments he made on Facebook. So the first 30 minutes of public comments was angry parents from his Facebook group. The rest was more reasonable. The outcome seems to be virtual in Sept then 50/50 in Oct.

Where did you go to find course material? My wife and I were talking about getting some just in case.


This is the primary curriculum we are using: https://torchlightcurriculum.c​om/torch​light/

It is hard to find a good secular curriculum out there, so much of the homeschool community is very religious oriented.
 
2020-08-05 1:33:11 PM  

meanmutton: Akuinnen: meanmutton: We definitely are happy to have the ability to be home schooling our children this year. When we looked into it, we were shocked at how little oversight there is in Michigan. We will be spending something like $700 on course material for the year. We basically had to finish the year last year homeschool as our district's remote schooling options were terrible.

Our kids are in Northville schools and our board meeting was last night. Supposedly the remote teaching will be better this year. Last spring was horrid. They fired the board president after some stupid comments he made on Facebook. So the first 30 minutes of public comments was angry parents from his Facebook group. The rest was more reasonable. The outcome seems to be virtual in Sept then 50/50 in Oct.

Where did you go to find course material? My wife and I were talking about getting some just in case.

This is the primary curriculum we are using: https://torchlightcurriculum.co​m/torchlight/

It is hard to find a good secular curriculum out there, so much of the homeschool community is very religious oriented.


Hope you don't mind that I yoinked the link, too, MM. Thanks for the info!
 
2020-08-05 1:42:19 PM  
84% of people couldn't pass a high school science test after high school anyway, they aren't missing anything they'll remember. Mavis can teach you to type, then just spend all day reading wikipedia.
 
2020-08-05 2:26:29 PM  

FLMountainMan: Another thing that's interesting is people who have two kids under the age of five, and one of the spouses makes <$45,000.  Your take home pay is going to be around $3,000. Child care is going to cost you around $1500 a month, easily.  So minusing out the cost of child care and the cost of traveling to child care and all the associated rigamarole, you're really making around minimum wage.  I get that there are benefits involved and career advancement to think about, but in the short-term, it really doesn't make a lot of sense.


they don't stay in childcare forever, the early years of being a parent are the most expensive by far.
 
2020-08-05 2:27:51 PM  

Bearishlyphat: School as a place makes no sense and the system needs to be fundamentally rebuilt. Consider this as a thought experiment: instead of spending the $12k per kid on average that we currently spend, we could hire individual teachers at the local level with minimal administration to teach groups of 10 kids in a smaller setting at $120k/year each.


i think people forget that school is basically CPS-lite for a lot of kids. Home school or private school yours but for a lot of kids school is the only meal of the day.
 
2020-08-05 2:49:27 PM  
meanmutton:
It is hard to find a good secular curriculum out there, so much of the homeschool community is very religious oriented.

That's what I was afraid of. I did it for a year in CA as a kid. They provided curriculum, books and a teacher to meet with every so often. It was nice.
 
2020-08-05 3:14:49 PM  

Akuinnen: meanmutton:
It is hard to find a good secular curriculum out there, so much of the homeschool community is very religious oriented.

That's what I was afraid of. I did it for a year in CA as a kid. They provided curriculum, books and a teacher to meet with every so often. It was nice.


It sucks that it only goes to grade 4. I teach high school, but my kiddo is in 6th grade. I like the idea of a secular humanist home school curriculum. I wonder if they need curriculum developers...
 
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