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(Slate)   "We chose distance learning this year to keep our son safe, but he hasn't had a single live lesson and the principal and a school board member told me if I didn't like it to homeschool him. What are my options?"   (slate.com) divider line
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265 clicks; posted to Discussion » on 24 Sep 2020 at 11:03 AM (4 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2020-09-24 8:54:38 AM  
If only there were organizations that could help one with child education.......
 
2020-09-24 8:58:53 AM  
Both
 
2020-09-24 10:09:44 AM  
We had the option with our 9y/o. We chose to stay home, because we listen to epidemiologists in this house.

School & other parents sighed and rolled their eyes at our paranoia.  Fast forward 12 days later: lab confirmed COVID case in his very class. No school today, his grade 100% remote starting Friday.  Not what I repeatedly told every parent I knew would happen. I predicted 14 days, not 12 until shutdown.  The other grades should be closing down in a few days, I imagine (judging from what I saw on cam, there is zero social distancing).

The stupid part is, the school he attends got a huge enrollment boost b/c they are private, and so could do in person teaching.  The local public district was remote from the start.

His teacher quit a week into the term to go work for a remote learning consultancy.  She knows in-person is not conducive to staying alive.
 
2020-09-24 10:14:34 AM  
Arson?
 
2020-09-24 10:28:08 AM  
We're 100% remote learning to start the year. It sucks. No one likes it. No one. Not the teachers, not the students, not the parents, not the administrators, not the community leaders.

But it's better than killing a bunch of people.
 
2020-09-24 10:44:04 AM  
scumm: ...

His teacher quit a week into the term to go work for a remote learning consultancy.  She knows in-person is not conducive to staying alive.

That was one of the biggest reasons we decided to home-school this year.  No matter what plans the school has in place, none of them seem to factor in teachers leaving or the school shutting down because of positive testing. I understand completely the need and want to have kids back in school; but its not going to be like it was before.  For many, remote doesn't work - but for us, we needed something that wasn't going to constantly have the risk of changing throughout the year.
 
2020-09-24 11:12:52 AM  

SoupGuru: We're 100% remote learning to start the year. It sucks. No one likes it. No one. Not the teachers, not the students, not the parents, not the administrators, not the community leaders.

But it's better than killing a bunch of people.


See, this is the difference.

The GOP thinks killing a bunch of people is just fine.
 
2020-09-24 11:12:59 AM  
ALMOST NO CHILD WILL LEARN ANYTHING THIS YEAR.

Parents just need to accept that this is probably a complete write off year and their child, and every other child on the planet, will basically lose a year's worth of schooling.  Don't struggle trying to make it work, because it probably won't, and you'll just hate yourself and your child and your child's school and the world.
 
2020-09-24 11:19:46 AM  

Geotpf: ALMOST NO CHILD WILL LEARN ANYTHING THIS YEAR.

Parents just need to accept that this is probably a complete write off year and their child, and every other child on the planet, will basically lose a year's worth of schooling.  Don't struggle trying to make it work, because it probably won't, and you'll just hate yourself and your child and your child's school and the world.


No.  That's what will happen to poor and lower middle class children.  Upper middle class and wealthy will either educate privately (at this thing called a 'boarding school' where they can actually limit exposure to the outside), electronically (via laptops and computers with decent cameras), or homeschooling that they may have already been doing.

Remember, wealthy families don't need to be two-earner, even assuming that they are working to begin with.  They certainly have a much better chance to work from home.

This is a crisis, yes, but as always this is a crisis that will hit the poor much harder than the wealthy.
 
2020-09-24 11:29:07 AM  
Sounds like it's either distance learning or homeschooling....
 
2020-09-24 12:03:43 PM  

scumm: The stupid part is, the school he attends got a huge enrollment boost b/c they are private, and so could do in person teaching.  The local public district was remote from the start.


Well it's entirely rational on their part.  If they had said from the start that they were going to be all virtual, they would have probably ceased to exist.  The stupid part is anyone expecting it to go any other way.
 
2020-09-24 12:03:51 PM  
Bring it up to a local news station or newspaper.  Demand more.  With school boards, squeaky wheels get the grease.  Lawyer up-- that really gets their attention.  Speaking as a teacher in a district that promised us distance learning and then quickly reversed itself, you can get a decent education via remote.  It's harder on everyone, but can be done, especially if your child actually pays attention, shows up, and does the assignments (amazingly, just like face-to-face learning).  Just keep badgering them.  I think distance learners should be catered to, as they are the ones keeping the numbers low both in the classroom and by not spreading infection.
 
2020-09-24 12:06:26 PM  

Exception Collection: Geotpf: ALMOST NO CHILD WILL LEARN ANYTHING THIS YEAR.

Parents just need to accept that this is probably a complete write off year and their child, and every other child on the planet, will basically lose a year's worth of schooling.  Don't struggle trying to make it work, because it probably won't, and you'll just hate yourself and your child and your child's school and the world.

No.  That's what will happen to poor and lower middle class children.  Upper middle class and wealthy will either educate privately (at this thing called a 'boarding school' where they can actually limit exposure to the outside), electronically (via laptops and computers with decent cameras), or homeschooling that they may have already been doing.

Remember, wealthy families don't need to be two-earner, even assuming that they are working to begin with.  They certainly have a much better chance to work from home.

This is a crisis, yes, but as always this is a crisis that will hit the poor much harder than the wealthy.


Ok, fair enough point.  If you are rich enough to hire a private tutor (I've heard of families splitting this four to eight ways and organizing their own little school in their backyard), then things are different.
 
2020-09-24 12:14:33 PM  

Geotpf: Exception Collection: Geotpf: ALMOST NO CHILD WILL LEARN ANYTHING THIS YEAR.

Parents just need to accept that this is probably a complete write off year and their child, and every other child on the planet, will basically lose a year's worth of schooling.  Don't struggle trying to make it work, because it probably won't, and you'll just hate yourself and your child and your child's school and the world.

No.  That's what will happen to poor and lower middle class children.  Upper middle class and wealthy will either educate privately (at this thing called a 'boarding school' where they can actually limit exposure to the outside), electronically (via laptops and computers with decent cameras), or homeschooling that they may have already been doing.

Remember, wealthy families don't need to be two-earner, even assuming that they are working to begin with.  They certainly have a much better chance to work from home.

This is a crisis, yes, but as always this is a crisis that will hit the poor much harder than the wealthy.

Ok, fair enough point.  If you are rich enough to hire a private tutor (I've heard of families splitting this four to eight ways and organizing their own little school in their backyard), then things are different.


I like the sharing expenses - I'm guessing that since most of the after school activities / sports are probably shutting down, parents can now afford to share the costs of education over sports.
 
2020-09-24 9:02:22 PM  

Exception Collection: Geotpf: ALMOST NO CHILD WILL LEARN ANYTHING THIS YEAR.

Parents just need to accept that this is probably a complete write off year and their child, and every other child on the planet, will basically lose a year's worth of schooling.  Don't struggle trying to make it work, because it probably won't, and you'll just hate yourself and your child and your child's school and the world.

No.  That's what will happen to poor and lower middle class children.  Upper middle class and wealthy will either educate privately (at this thing called a 'boarding school' where they can actually limit exposure to the outside), electronically (via laptops and computers with decent cameras), or homeschooling that they may have already been doing.

Remember, wealthy families don't need to be two-earner, even assuming that they are working to begin with.  They certainly have a much better chance to work from home.

This is a crisis, yes, but as always this is a crisis that will hit the poor much harder than the wealthy.


Yep, the poor will fall further behind
 
2020-09-24 9:25:02 PM  
Yeah, the school system is in chaos, I heard from my co-worker who chose to keep her kids, with severe asthma, at home that it's worse then when they left school suddenly back in march.
 
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