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  1. I was going to say the name. My DH ordered a bunch from Project 95.
  2. School in my state (TN) started about 2-3 weeks ago and multiple school districts, as well as a number of individual schools, have already had to close because so many staff members are out with covid. (Loads of students are out, too, but that's not why they're closing.) Some districts are sending administrative staff to cover classes and/or drive buses, and I've heard from friends with kids in school that classrooms are being combined when teachers are out. The state has prohibited districts from switching to virtual learning, so these schools are just closing completely for a week or two, using "stockpile" (whatever that is) and/or inclement weather days. There is increasing pressure on the governor to allow some flexibility, but it is not clear how this is all going to shake out.
  3. Same, and that was true even before my university required faculty and staff to vaccinate. From what I have heard from people better placed than I, making it an official requirement was not at all controversial, at least among faculty (although there were some issues with the system for uploading documentation). This would be in sharp contrast to the recent change in the parking policy, which is extremely controversial and generating extensive complaints.
  4. Absolutely. It can be a very hard thing to evaluate as an incoming freshman, but when my oldest ds -- who intends to go for a Ph.D. -- applies to college, we will do our best to get some insight into this. Ruth, one person your DS might reach out is to whoever is the current Director of Graduate Studies in the physics department. IME academic department at universities generally have this as a rotating faculty position; members of the department take turns coordinating the graduate program, hopefully with the assistance of a permanent staff person. While the DGS's job isn't to be a grad school counselor for undergrads, given the enormous upheaval from covid I think it would be perfectly reasonable for your DS to reach out and ask for a short meeting, not for specific assistance but just to discuss the landscape. That person will know more than anyone else in the department about what is going on in graduate programs across the country and how everyone is handling these very unusual times.
  5. No experience with MIT, but between my husband and myself we have both attended and taught at quite a few different highly selective universities and colleges, and I've never heard of such an office, anywhere. Career services will (maybe sorta) help if you're looking for a job, there are some good med school advising arrangements, and occasionally there's a useful prelaw advisor around, but for academic Ph.D. programs? AFAIK you're on your own. Your idea of a centralized office is fantastic, though!! I doubt any university administration would be interested in anything like that, but maybe if US News and World Report ever starts incorporating "percent of graduates who go on to earn Ph.Ds" into their rankings. Yeah, this sounds about right to me. He is lucky that you are in a position to help him.
  6. My elderly parents -- who were vaccinated in January -- tried to get boosters at two different pharmacies this week but were emphatically turned down at both places. Pharmacies here (TN), at least, require documentation from a physician that you qualify for a booster under current authorization guidelines.
  7. Hmm, let's see. I spend maybe an hour a day neatening up and doing dishes. DH spends about an hour after dinner doing dishes and thoroughly cleaning the kitchen. Kids help clean up and vacuum the house. Once a week the kids and I clean the entire house. I neaten, dust, scrub toilets, and nag -- probably 90 minutes total. Each younger kid takes about an hour to do his assigned tasks; oldest DS is about 90 minutes. So all together about 4 hrs, although I would not say that we are a model of efficiency. A group of four motivated adults who did not dally and squabble could surely whip through in half that time. But as they say, you go to war with the army you have.
  8. We aren't using the online program, only the books. We've tried the online version in the past and DS liked the format, but I thought he just wasn't learning as much as when we used the books. I tend to go by time spent on math rather than amount covered, especially in elementary school. For DS10, about 45 minutes/day seems to be a good amount. Some days he gets really into it and will go longer; other days are a complete washout after 15, but 45 is probably the average.
  9. Yes. My DS isn't interested in DE and we have also found the AP framework a useful tool for some classes. We can manage without it, of course, but it's just frustrating that it's becoming unworkable for such a stupid, utterly fixable, reason.
  10. Speaking of brands, looks like the Pfizer vaccine is now branded as "Comirnaty." Does not exactly roll off the tongue, I must say.
  11. My DS really liked the online testing option, too. I just don't want to call schools too early, because I am 99.9% sure that the answer right now will be a flat no across the board. Schools here are being crushed by covid, pediatric hospitals are overflowing -- there is just no way that any of these places is going to be, like, sure random homeschooler, happy to promise to host you for a test next May. But if I wait, we'll miss the deadline.
  12. I don't know what to do. Last year the publics I contacted all said no but ultimately a private school was willing to accommodate DS for digital exams only, which was fine by us because we were not at all interested in in-person testing. Now the CB says all May 2022 exams will be in-person and the preferred ordering deadline is Oct. 4. Covid is absolutely raging here right now and i cannot imagine that any school will be willing to commit to an outside student taking an in-person exam, even 9 months from now. And in fact if G-d forbid the Covid situation is still a disaster in May 2022 we won't want him going to take a test in-person either. But OTOH, who knows what things will be like in May 2022?
  13. Yes, I read everything that I plan to use. It is an enormous amount of work but I don't think there's any other way that would work for us. I spent all summer reading for my high schooler's US history and English classes .
  14. Some Canadian provinces are letting some 11yos get vaccinated with Pfizer. Interesting that apparently these decisions are made at the provincial level in Canada?
  15. I thought that the books themselves were annoyingly busy (too many sidebars, etc.) but mostly I just didn't like her writing "voice." Since I knew that i would be reading together with DS, as opposed to just assigning texts for him to read independently, I wanted something that I personally didn't find grating. Substantively the Hakim books are very good, though. She does a great job incorporating primary sources into the text and I believe there's even an additional primary source collection available. The Collier books include some primary sources but not enough, IMO, so I plan to add some into our curriculum.
  16. I am using the Collier series (The Drama of American History) with my 8th grader this year. We've only just finished the first two books but so far I am quite impressed. The analysis is sophisticated but they are also very readable. I much prefer them to the Hakim books, which I had also seriously considered using.
  17. I wish they would do that here. The university where DH teaches (and where DS16 will be taking a class this semester) has mandatory vaccination and indoor masking, but their most recent announcement about testing was that only the small group of unvaccinated students (who have religious/medical exemptions) will be subject to weekly testing. DH thinks they will reinstitute surveillance testing as soon as the unvaccinated students start testing positive, but the undergrads arrive this weekend, so tick, tock.
  18. Thanks. Will check this out, along with the Glencoe book.
  19. I am looking for secular resources to work through with my high schooler. Thanks in advance for any help. [edited]
  20. I still find it utterly baffling -- to say nothing of maddening -- that none of the companies started vaccine trials in children until a full YEAR after the pandemic began. Yes, the usual process is to do studies in declining age groups, blah blah blah, but hello, we're in the middle of a global pandemic, maybe think outside the box? Pediatricians were sounding the alarm on this in summer 2020!
  21. Very interesting study about the "superimmunity" that SARS survivors generate after being vaccinated against SARS-COV-2.
  22. I have been following this story -- first good news we've had about treatments in quite a while.
  23. So the Catholic Diocese of Nashville, which had previously required masks in diocesan schools, has now gone mask-optional in solidarity with the governor's order. (Letters here.) The Catholic school in my neighborhood is an independent school, not a diocesan school, but apparently they have gone mask-optional as well, and now parents are at one another's throats. I am expecting a call from a neighbor tonight to discuss homeschooling.
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