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  1. 23 points
    I guess I can post more now that it is a done deal. I have taken custody of a relative's 2 year old. I flew across the country to pick him up. The courts are seeking guardianship while we finish up our fingerprinting and clearance. It is amazing to have a toddler in the house again!
  2. 20 points
    This thread is veering rather far from its "should states re-open and how" origins... but... (whispering) AP classes don't equal "quality" instruction. AP's non-profit status is the thinnest of cloaks; it is a massive money-making machine whose interest is to perpetuate its own influence; the top-most tier of colleges and universities have *never* granted true credit for AP coursework, only standing to skip core requirements and/or to start subjects such as languages at advanced levels. And the strongest teachers don't like them either, because the whole year's instruction amounts to teaching to the test. Which makes curricular planning a cakewalk, but impedes responsiveness to anything current, be it scientific journal articles, or current events, or literature. Many of the top tier boarding schools and private secondary schools on the East Coast have dropped them entirely. Kids are welcome to take the tests if they want, but the schools want to retain control over curriculum rather than cede it to College Board. My youngest is a junior in a highly regarded boarding school that hasn't offered AP classes in anything but languages (because placement) for years. Now that she's studying online, she and many of her classmates are planning to TAKE several APs (which will be offered online, open book, this time). Because if you're a basically self-motivated kid, and all the AP instruction amounts to is cramming the test material, you can just as well do it online as IRL.
  3. 18 points
    There were two things here that didn’t sound right, so I looked for some more info, and Colorado’s case numbers are described on their Department of Health website as being a combination of two numbers: *The number of cases includes people who have had a test that indicated they were positive for COVID-19. The number of cases also includes epidemiologically-linked cases -- or cases where public health epidemiologists have determined that infection is highly likely because a person exhibited symptoms and had close contact with someone who tested positive. The number of epidemiologically-linked cases represents a very small portion of the reported cases. So, They are not counting people with no test results as being positive cases unless they are clearly linked to a case that tested positive and have symptoms themselves. And they say this accounts for a small portion of the positive cases. It seems like a happy thing that the surge hasn’t been as bad as predicted. I keep hearing people who seem to be upset that the strategies are working, or that there are still empty hospital beds. Of course, this is exactly what we were told ahead of time: that if it works, people will be upset and say they overreacted. The other thing in your post that you should be happy to see is not actually true, is that your governor is not saying that you’re not going to open for years. I’m seeing lots of new stories published in the last day or two saying he will be speaking tomorrow on beginning to make some steps to start opening some things on April 27. Eta: I forgot to give a link: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/polis-hints-colorado-on-track-to-partially-open-economy-this-month/ar-BB12QA8n It sounds like maybe someone’s been passing along news that’s not accurate to make it sound like Colorado is being mismanaged. Perhaps the same kind of people that are doing these protests? 🤷‍♀️
  4. 18 points
    Yes, 200 people congregated outside our governor's residence in Indianapolis to protest. It makes me angry. I am apolitical, but I think the governor has done a good job actually trying to protect citizen's lives. I liked the governor's neighbor's response to the protest: ""I'm no [conservative radio host], so I'm absolutely sure I cannot change a single mind over there," he said. "But I just wish we could rise to a world some day where people could think better for themselves and make more educated decisions — maybe based on science or factual information."
  5. 18 points
    Good. It’s been needed since the Great Depression (when the concept was first introduced btw) and the need as grown undeniably and unavoidably in the last 4 months. It’s a heck of a lot less big government than most of the current piece-mealing through hundreds of hoop making government programs. There is no such thing as someone who isn’t dependent on the government and there never was. The only places/times that wasn’t true was anarchy.
  6. 17 points
    Maybe some should have thought before we did a big tax give away, primarily to the wealthy and large corporations and reaped an economic miracle by having an ever increasing deficit in a time of low unemployment and a strong stock market. Stimulating the economy when it doesn’t need stimulating leaves you in a more difficult position when it actually needs stimulating. Who would have thought?
  7. 16 points
    😀Pennsylvania https://abc7news.com/6115889/ “MARCUS HOOK, Pennsylvania -- Nearly a month after clocking in, employees at a company in Pennsylvania were finally able to go home. More than 40 workers unanimously deciding to leave their families, agreeing to eat, sleep, and live at the facility where they make equipment for health care workers. The team worked 12-hour shifts. TV and the occasional drive-by from family members were only outside contact they've had. "There's been a glow in everyone's eyes, I'll say," said operations shift supervisor at Braskem America Joe Boyce. Boyce said group was split among two shifts to make polypropylene, a non-woven fiber used to make N95 masks, hospital gowns, and sanitary wipes. "We're truly honored to be able to give back and support people we will never meet in some way," he said. ... But, it's a small price to pay knowing that work they've all put forth is making a difference in the battle against COVID-19. "All the first responders, all the people on the frontlines, we thank you. That's what makes our job easy to do," Boyce said. The group gets a week off before returning to a normal workweek. Braskem is rewarding these employees with an increase in wages.”
  8. 16 points
    To prevent families from getting any crazy ideas while they're forced into home learning, of course. 🙂
  9. 15 points
    They have the right to protest and my daughter who is a nurse (treating covid 19 patients) should have the right to refuse to treat them if they should get sick. While they are protesting to go to gym/beach/restaurants healthcare workers are self isolating at home or staying at hotels to lessen chance of infecting their families. I think they should all be forced to spend a day in the hospital and see what it’s like to be asked by patients “am I going to die’”.
  10. 15 points
    On a very happy note, my uncle was removed from a ventilator yesterday after 21 days in the hospital and two weeks of sedation. He's breathing on his own, talking with a whisper, sleeping most of the time, and glad to be on this side of the grave. Oh, and he also got approved for a plasma donation.
  11. 15 points
  12. 15 points
    Yes. I had to warn my friends about my white supremacist, female subservient, abusive teachings. I figured they had a right to know I'm an illiterate conservative Christian whose children will never contribute to a democratic society or have an independent thought. It seemed to be the right thing to do. 🤣🤣🤣
  13. 15 points
    The people in your circle are misguided. They are caught up in a ridiculous arms race where kids end up taking more and more APs, trying to out-compete the next kid and get a higher rank, in the hope that the more APs they take, the better their chances of admission to top schools. There are no winners in that race. Even if parents don't care about totally burning their kids out, even if the kids themselves are willing to accept that level of stress and burn-out, it's totally counter-productive because it leaves no time for kids to pursue the individual interests and passions that actually do make them stand out to colleges. Every spring the College Confidential forum is full of anguished posts from seniors who worked themselves to the bone in HS and did not get into the colleges they wanted and feel like "all that hard work was for nothing." And there are angry posts from parents about how their kid had 10 APs and a 4.5 GPA and didn't get into Highly Selective University while the kid down the street, with fewer APs and a lower GPA did, and that's just totally unfair. They don't stop to think that maybe that kid down the street was more appealing to colleges precisely because he seemed to have a more balanced life, and more interesting hobbies, and a more compelling essay, instead of just 2 more APs than the next kid.
  14. 15 points
    No, they are definitely not essential, and the idea that a gifted student can't get an adequate or appropriate education without AP classes is absurd. My son never took a single AP class, yet he has a full ride scholarship to a school that is top-ranked for his major, and his other choices included an Ivy and other selective private schools. He is better prepared than many of his classmates who took tons of APs in high school — I see posts on the university parents FB page all the time complaining that their kids were straight-A students in HS, with lots of APs, and now they're calling home in tears about how difficult their college classes are. Meanwhile, DS was able to jump into 300 & 400 level courses in his major from day 1, and he has a 3.95 GPA as a sophomore. There are plenty of other WTM boardies whose kids who never took APs and are excelling in college as well. I never took APs in high school either, and I got 90% of my real education through my own reading and research. I graduated at 16, went to college on a full ride, and then off to a top grad school on a full fellowship. IMHO any gifted students who would complain about being stuck in a "boring" nonAP class, while doing nothing to educate themselves beyond that, need to get off their butts and show some initiative instead of expecting to be spoon fed. AP classes cover more material and assign more work, but those quantitative differences don't necessarily mean they are qualitatively better — a lot of people complain about them being "a mile wide and an inch deep." In my experience, that's exactly the kind of thing that drives truly gifted kids nuts — plowing through material quickly, lots of busy work, no time for rabbit trails or pursuing interesting side topics, because we have to "stick to the schedule" since there's so much material to be crammed in before the Big Test. That is the absolute antithesis of why I homeschool to begin with, so I'm not going to throw that philosophy out the window the minute my kid hits 10th grade. There seem to be a lot of kids at DS's university who regret accepting college credit for their AP scores, because they end up floundering in the next level class and realize too late that their AP class was really not the same level as the college class. I'm sure there's a wide spectrum, with some truly gifted AP teachers at one end and some badly-taught, low-level intro college classes at the other, but in general I'm not a fan of AP classes, and certainly don't consider them necessary or essential. I think the main advantage of AP is the boost in GPA (which you can also get from DE college classes) and a higher class rank (which is totally irrelevant to homeschoolers).
  15. 14 points
    We've been fortunate that small business owners in our town have bandied together to provide alternatives to yelling at the police. Local restaurants are doing curbside or delivery, specialty shops are heavily promoting on facebook and doing personal front door deliveries. Even the bars are selling from their beer stock (no open containers) for curbside pickup. Even the antique stores are offering delivery. Not every business can survive this way, but it is good to see the unique marketing many are embracing.
  16. 14 points
    I read that article yesterday, and I couldn't decide which part of it was the most absurd. I think I have decided on the anti-conservative bias. We all know that the homeschool world is diverse and becoming more diverse all the time. But even if it were 90% conservative Christians, so what? It isn't bad being either conservative or Christian. And it isn't bad to want to raise conservative Christian kids. Her bias is blatant and ugly. It amuses me that she feels homeschool kids are lacking "ideas about nondiscrimination and tolerance of other people’s viewpoints,”. Oh, the irony!
  17. 13 points
    I don't appreciate all the slightly joking, but really not joking memes and things saying that medical folks shouldn't treat them if/when the protesters get sick or that they should sign away their ability to get treatment. That's not how medical ethics work. It infuriates me that at some of these protests, there were large gatherings and they likely increased the spread of the virus in those cities. We have been inside for well over a month, following the rules, trying our hardest... and these folks are out there prolonging everyone's misery in the name of "freedom." Freedom to die. The healthcare workers who blocked them in Colorado are my heroes today.
  18. 13 points
    I totally agree, but it goes so much farther than just the risk to themselves, as they are all going to be out in the grocery stores and other places, spreading around what they picked up while congregating in large groups. I wish all those that gathered in these large groups would now be required to quarantine for 14 days so they don’t make the cases in their counties spike back up. It’s so stupid of them, because they’ve just made it more likely that it will take longer to get case counts down where things can open up. So many places were headed that direction and these ding dongs may have messed it up for everyone. It makes me so mad.
  19. 13 points
    I had a lovely family member put this article on my FB page today. My reply was “Oh no! A homeschooled child could be abused! Homeschooling should not be allowed. It is a good thing abuse could never happen if all those homeschoolers enrolled in public school” and then I added this link https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/media-and-unions-tamp-down-news-of-children-abused-by-teachers/ just for fun not only is my “turn the other cheek” button broken, my “ignore the stupid” button seems to be malfunctioning as well. Amber in SJ
  20. 12 points
    But we still agree with paying for public schools, for other students, with our taxes! We are not saying, sorry, go find money elsewhere. I home educate because it fits my family, and I'm lucky to be able to do that. But I also care about the families who can't do that, and for the good of society, not to mention my personal goal to not be a jerk, I want good schools for everyone, regardless of income.
  21. 11 points
    That is true, but I can tell you that in my 34 years as an RN I have never been asked to look after people with a disease that is killing medical personnel in multiple countries like this. I'm super glad I didn't have to look after someone with Ebola, but that was an extremely limited exposure here thankfully. Are you putting your life on the line? Maybe less of the hogwash is called for if you aren't. Can you at least imagine the worry a mother must feel about their daughter? My parents are nervous for me and I hate for them to be so! They tell me to be very careful each time they know I am going in to work, and they pray for me throughout my shift. Fortunately I am somewhere with a manageable caseload and pretty good PPE.
  22. 11 points
    I teach at an LAC. We were already considering dropping SAT/ACT scores as part of admissions, since they don’t predict either success in school or retention, but the fact that tests were cancelled for this spring accelerated that. Admissions just announced that they will no longer be part of the admission score, not just for next year but permanently.
  23. 11 points
    I read part of the law school professor's article mentioned in the article at the beginning of this thread; it is no better. One of her footnotes supporting her claim that a majority of homeschoolers are religious fundamentalists is a quote from someone else claiming that two-thirds of homeschoolers are Christian. A quick Google turns up the not at all surprising fact that approximately two-thirds of Americans identify as Christians. How very shocking that this demographic percentage would be reflected among homeschoolers.
  24. 11 points
    Here's one response from a homeschooled Harvard grad:. https://medium.com/@melbapearson/a-response-to-the-risks-of-homeschooling-from-a-homeschooled-harvard-grad-67648f9a0d0f
  25. 11 points
    That's 100% untrue. MOST diseases are contagious before you show symptoms. That's how they spread! Covid-19 has a longer incubation period than most of these illnesses, but if you google strep throat, flu, fifth disease, measles, chickenpox, AIDS - all of them are contagious before you think you're sick.
  26. 11 points
    And you claim you came here for American values??? I get mine, screw all the other kids? How is what you describe (those who can afford higher taxes getting a better education for their kids than those that cant) different than a country where parents who can pay for private school do, and those that can't get crappy education? As for the state should find the money - um - that's called taxes. The thing people just asked you about paying for and you said no.
  27. 10 points
    I think one significant thing missing from the discussion in the opinion piece is the progress made in treatments and realization among doctors that many things should be tried before using a vent. When the vent emergency first started, the estimates were based on not having major social distancing and using them much more frequently than doctors are now doing. The lower need for vents is a combination of social distancing and growing knowledge about the best treatment practices.
  28. 10 points
    @Pen @Ktgrok One of the best, most thorough doctor's I know works in urgent care (he was a pcp for years and very loved). He is working today and I am going to take DS to him to be seen. He is thorough, a thinker, a problem solver. They can also run another EKG since it is urgent care and we can see if things are still askew there. I think I will also see if we can get him to cardiology without a pcp referral. If we cannot, this doctor can do a referral. I have wondered about Addison's too.
  29. 10 points
    One reason I would be for it (and there are lots of reasons against it) as it would cut out so much red tape and middle men/women out of getting services/funding to those in most need. I adopted 3 kids with life ling special needs that means they will never be gainfully employed. I spend HOURS each week just trying to make sure they get their proper social.security disability, food card, Medicaid, etc. One wrong click on a Computer screen somewhere might mean hours and hours of time and paperwork for me to try to correct it.....along with all of the Costa of paying the workers. The current system is difficult to navigate....and I have a degree in special education and psychology. That means that while, yes, a very few people might get more than they are supposed to, there is a huge number of people with disabilities that aren't getting needed services. They can't understand the letters sent from DHS and social security so they just set them aside. Some days I get 3-5 letters from DHS or Social security that all say different things....for the same person. The disabled individual often can't have more than $2000 in savings at a time or they lose all benefits.....what if they need to save for a car, an apartment (first/last months rent plus security deposit is often over that much), etc then if they get married....like my daughter did to a young gentleman with special needs, the system just blows up and doesn't know how to handle it. Now, this system could likely be simplified a great deal without needing to go to a universal income....but that does look appealing at times.
  30. 10 points
  31. 10 points
    How old are your kids? I'm curious where you got this idea that AP classes are the be-all and end-all of a college prep education. Because they most decidedly are not. In fact, many of the top private schools in the country are dropping AP classes in favor of more interesting and unusual courses covering topics in more depth than the very restricted AP rubrics allow — which is also what many of the homeschoolers on this board do for high school. One of the primary reasons I homeschool is so my kids will get a better education than they would get in standard AP classes. Maybe you should stop and think for a minute that your kid with all his/her APs is going to be competing against homeschoolers and private schoolers whose transcripts are going to look much more interesting and appealing to colleges than a list of the same APs every other student has...
  32. 10 points
    I agree so much with this. I have a very tightly wound high achiever. It’s not all roses. There is more to a life well lived than a test score. One of his best friends is homeschooled in a manner that looks NOTHING like my homeschool. On paper, he is not academically at the top of the pyramid. In person, he is nothing short of amazing. This kid, too, will lead a successful life. He has skills and talents that my child does not. The beauty of homeschool is that we get to educate people, not widgets. When home education changes to the point that we can’t educate the whole child, it’s game over.
  33. 9 points
    I have posted on Next Door and my neighborhood site and BAM! I am almost completely set! Lots of books, toys, crib, bedding, sippy cups, plates, clothing, baby gates, booster seat.......people are so happy to give. And it is prob a great time as people are purging! And I haven't even been home 24 hours. People can be amazing.
  34. 9 points
    I find #4 laughable. We never ever have public discussion on how we fund our decades long wars, or our trillion dollar tax cuts that benefit the tip top earners, or our humongous subsidies to companies worth hundreds of millions. But start talking about spending for social services and people start crapping their pants with questions about funding.. oh my, how will we ever find this??
  35. 9 points
    So sorry, what a whirlwind weekend. Didn't get an update. I flew out Saturday. Flights were about 30-50 people on each flight. Very few vendors open in the terminals. I didn't buy anything on the way out, but did get an iced coffee in a bottle at one of the gift shops on the way back since the coffee shop was closed. Getting through security was a breeze, I got right up there. I found a mask and bought one, but really couldn't wear it. I couldn't breathe well and I was sweating already. I didn't wear it most of the time. They weren't serving anything on the plane unless you asked, and no snacks or food, only drinks. I took heavy snacks and a PBJ sandwich and that was helpful. It wasn't nutritious or filling but at least I had something.
  36. 9 points
    If you want advice on original, mind-expanding course ideas, start a new thread. There are a number of us on this board who have kids who have been accepted into top colleges with home-made courses.
  37. 9 points
    This is beyond simplistic. One. Democratic Socialism has been here for decades. It’s why we have social security and Medicaid. Two. It is not about taxes. It’s about paying social debts. Because taxes or not the cost is going up and has to be paid by our society - These people exist and they always have and their numbers are growing, often for reasons that have nothing to do with how educated, smart, or responsible they are. Raising taxes to provide or safeguard a respectable dignified means of them being able to budget their needs is more affordable over all, and that makes it more democratic and capitalist than the current programs. Communism is saying people can only buy approved cheese and milk once a week with a voucher. (WIC) SNAP isn’t much better but I don’t hear anyone screaming that we are a communist country for having those programs. Minimum income puts money in the system for the people who need it most to spend or not spend how they decide best. It at least leaves room for legitimate supply and demand capitalism. Unlike many current US government socioeconomic policies.
  38. 9 points
    Our governor (Polis in Colorado) first said two weeks ago that he’d be comfortable reopening at the end of the month when we had enough beds, PPE, and ventilators. We got those, but there was no loosening of restrictions at all. We were going to have a terrible surge in two weeks, and we’d barely be ready. No surge. The surge is coming sometime between now and July, he said. The state starts counting people with symptoms but no test as being “confirmed positive.” Numbers go up big time. Everyone in the hospital with flu-like symptoms is counted as Covid19 without testing. A few days later, he said that we wouldn’t open until there was a cure or a vaccine, so “we’re going to be in this for a year or two.” Life will never be the same, he said. This week he said that until we can have testing centers in every single one of the 65 counties, we’re not going to open. Yeah, so I’m thinking, even the ones inhabited by 200 people and 5000 heads of cattle? Today, we had a sizable protest. He deserved it. (ETA “He deserved it” sounds more mean spirited than I intended. I should have said that I wasn’t surprised that people found his changing criteria an issue, and are now pushing back. Also, I didn’t go, and we have been social distancing and staying home.)
  39. 9 points
    There are several places with protests here in NORCAL. Mostly they are doing social distancing, from what I have heard. I have some sympathy for the MI ones, but the local ones don't seem quite right to me. Rights are to be balanced, and I think that the SIP so far here has been appropriate. However, I am increasingly disturbed by the folks who favor SIP who actually are proud of hoping that the protesters will get sick and die. That is so utterly OTT and repugnant to me. There is an element of class warfare in it for some, clearly, and also an element of left virtue signalling (by hoping their enemies die) vs. right going too far (IMO) in demanding/asserting rights. People are doubling down on these positions in a way and to an extent that seems like only a Civil War could possibly be the result. Very concerning. And so freaking immature.
  40. 9 points
    Well, I might be old enough to just do what I want and not care if others think it’s weird. 😄😷 If I have a mask, I won’t need to hold my breath, lol...
  41. 8 points
    His GI doctor was in the office today and he reviewed his labs and said he needs his adrenals tested asap. I think he is also thinking Addisons or adrenal insufficiency? He has placed the order. Maybe this will tell us something?
  42. 8 points
  43. 8 points
    N Z is going to move from level 4 to level 3 restrictions https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-20/coronavirus-australia-live-updates-covid19-latest-news/12163098 What does the NZ move from Level 4 to Level 3 mean? Ms Ardern is outlining what will be changed once New Zealand moves down one rung on the restriction ladder: If people are not at work, school, exercising or getting essentials, they must be at home (the same as alert level four) People must continue to work and learn from home if they can Early learning centres and schools will physically be open up to Year 10 Industries like construction, manufacturing, forestry and retail will be allowed to open as long as they are 'COVID safe' Parks and beaches are open to exercise but people are encouraged to 'stay local' and keep 2m away from one another People can expand their bubble of social contacts to include close family, isolated people, or caregivers
  44. 8 points
    Church at home isn’t the same, but ASD Boy is getting more out of it than he would otherwise.
  45. 8 points
    Whoa — 30% of those with CV-19 confirmed by CT originally had false negatives on the test. 😲 Here is the paper that was linked/referred to in that article.
  46. 8 points
    Ah. I think you may have just given me some insight into why mask wearing in particular is such a hot button issue for a sizable minority of people.
  47. 8 points
    I hope people won’t be dumb enough to think someone wearing a mask after all this is a germaphobe, but then I’ve been wrong before. People can be real morons. 🤷🏻‍♀️
  48. 8 points
    Wearing a mask changes who you are as a person? What kind of mask are you using??
  49. 8 points
    First, bolt’s not American. I gotta ask — what in the hell are you even saying here? You don’t recognize a difference between should and could? Between might and will? I am seriously confused. Bolt was mentioning possibilities, ONE of which MIGHT be early college for prepared students. Early college MIGHT involve “going away” or it MIGHT involve attending a local university. Mentioning ONE possibility among several options is a good thing. So, you’re right; bolt did say that SOME 16 year olds MIGHT be ready for college. Who cares? I think perhaps your formative years in your native country may have blinded you to some rather harsh realities in America. Realities, by the way, that have existed for generations of children. This pandemic has exposed and exacerbated the issues, but make no mistake; it did not cause them.
  50. 8 points
    Often the educational accountability focuses, by necessity, on methods that are easy to document. And that is why I cringe when I hear people calling for more accountability and oversight. I think they mean well. Some competencies do not lend themselves to a portfolio, but are no less valuable/essential. I know plenty of kids whose education looked questionable, though I would say that in many ways they are more competent in areas than my Princeton kid. Society needs all the types and methods, and I am reluctant to let bureaucracy get in the way.
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