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  1. 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!
    21 points
  2. 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 am
    17 points
  3. 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.
    16 points
  4. 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’”.
    15 points
  5. 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.
    15 points
  6. 😀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
    15 points
  7. 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."
    15 points
  8. 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
    14 points
  9. To prevent families from getting any crazy ideas while they're forced into home learning, of course. 🙂
    14 points
  10. 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.
    13 points
  11. 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!
    13 points
  12. 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 points
  13. 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?
    13 points
  14. 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.
    12 points
  15. 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
    12 points
  16. 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
    12 points
  17. 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.
    10 points
  18. 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
    10 points
  19. 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.
    10 points
  20. 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.
    10 points
  21. 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 chil
    10 points
  22. 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.
    9 points
  23. 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 g
    9 points
  24. @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.
    9 points
  25. 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 u
    9 points
  26. 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.
    9 points
  27. 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.
    8 points
  28. 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.
    8 points
  29. 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
    8 points
  30. 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 sto
    8 points
  31. 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.
    8 points
  32. Hogwash. Doctors and medical personnel treat people all the time they disagree with.
    7 points
  33. Exactly. I think many people are forgetting this. They think that the stay at home orders are lifted and everything goes back to normal but it's not that simple. I've already written here about how I expect a lot of emotional manipulation to get people to resume normal life too early because too many of will avoid these activities. There is such a strong desire to have everything go back to where it was that many will be angry at those of us who are still cautious. I keep repeating myself - things won't be back to normal until there is a vaccine. I know that's pretty scary and people don
    7 points
  34. This is what is happening in my area too but I think there are some states or counties that are not allowing even these services. We actually just got wine in grocery stores a couple years ago and just recently allowed liquor stores in our town. But given the circumstances, local authorities have put in an executive order allowing alcohol delivery and take out curbside. While nothing is remotely funny about this whole situation, the fact that my little Bible belt town now allows drive thru margaritas is at least a little amusing.
    7 points
  35. 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?
    7 points
  36. 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.
    7 points
  37. Being Gifted rather than just bright also confers a lot of unasked for problems that are anything but an advantage. Being Gifted does not mean doing homework quickly or easily or getting good grades: it means a completely different way of learning. That is why schools fail the brightest students as much as those with other special needs. To the person who said you can't get an adequate second grade in 3 hours in a 15 kid class. Why not? Why is 5 hours with 30 kids (where I am) better than 3 hours with 15. It sounds great to me. Maybe all those spare halls could be used for art)sport
    7 points
  38. 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
    7 points
  39. Transplanted some volunteer tomato seedlings into a bigger pot this past week (see below) -- my contribution to World Plant a Vegetable Garden Day -- at least for for the moment. 😉 To honor National Poetry Month, I'm enjoying listening to Sir Patrick Stewart read a Shakespeare sonnet a day. (Posted daily at his Instagram site: sirpatstew.) Just finished The Blue Sword (Robin McKinley) as the last book for my Lit. & Writing co-op. A positive fantasy epic, and strong way to the end semester (after a run of 3 back-to-back darker books of Ender's Game / Animal Farm / Lord of the Flie
    7 points
  40. 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.
    7 points
  41. 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 signalli
    7 points
  42. 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
    7 points
  43. I'm one who has, in trying to meet the needs of my actual children vs. any idealized imaginary child, mostly prioritized things other than academic excellence. My first priority has been mental health, with everything in the context of holistic human development. Academic learning is one factor, but is not more important overall than social, emotional, physical, and spiritual development and well-being. Of my children who are old enough that I have some sense of what paths they may take in life, I have one who may excel academically--I suspect he might end up as an engineer or some
    7 points
  44. Love these! https://www.yahoo.com/news/ikea-release-meatballs-recipe-make-during-lockdown-093820674.html
    6 points
  45. Robin, loved the "Hope" poem! AND we planted a small veggie garden yesterday! Reading: Smoke Screen by Terri Blackstock Finished Truth-Stained Lies and Distortion by same author and liked them. Audiobook: Present over Perfect by Shauna Niequist I have two of Niequist's books and like her style. Will start the audio tomorrow on my way to work. This is likely a timely book for me. The fact that I keep saying it wrong "Perfect over Present" tells me I really need to listen carefully!
    6 points
  46. Why should homeschoolers have more oversight than a school? When someone sits down and analyzes each child for educational and socio-emotional fit every year, I'll be happy to sign up my homeschool kid for it. Again, education isn't one size fits all. My kid was failed educationally and socially by a public school and no one in the building seemed to care. Again, I am not anti-regulation. But I certainly don't think I should have to jump through more hoops than my local public school. If a family has reason to need more oversight, that is another situation that should be followed by socia
    6 points
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