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  1. Here's what my experience has been... Kids who are learning only from a text tend to go nowhere fast unless they're significantly more motivated in their work ethic than the vast majority or kids or are building on a skillset where they're already pretty "good at" languages. It's just not enough practice. Learning a foreign language pushes your brain outside its comfort zone for most people. It's a huge bulk of memorization. If you're not using it for anything, you'll struggle to make it stick. Immersion can be a good jump start if it's done right. But it also doesn't work for all students. I really think most kids need a blended approach. They need a class or a tutor where someone is pushing them to USE the language alongside the support of a text with written practice. I just think it has to be multipronged for most learners. So when homeschoolers are like, we'll just use a textbook... I think that's not always the best. But it's not like being thrown in the deep end will get a kid very far without a lot of other support. It also depends a bit on your goals, I guess. Years ago, when I came back to the US from China, I tried to take classes to keep up my Mandarin and it was mostly a disaster. None of the other students in any of the classes I tried could speak Chinese, IMHO. Like, they just sat there and if pressed to talk would form these super simple sentences painfully slowly. So it was really a frustrating experience from my perspective. I was there to try and keep up my skills. But then whenever there was a test, they would all do okay and I'd fail or just squeak by. Because they were all really good at memorizing the words and filling in the blanks and so forth - in order to have gotten to level 3 or whatever it was. I was only good at chattering away with whatever words I could find. So the teachers would love me at first because I'd talk in class and had a decent accent with decent tones and knew a lot of vocabulary and sentence structures. But then I'd mess up all kinds of little things and not remember specific vocab for the tests and they'd get sort of annoyed with me. Basically... speaking, communicating, and getting comfortable with a language only happens with immersion. But grammar rules and lots of vocabulary happen through textbooks.
  2. Florida is astounding. Like, absolutely shocking to me. I feel like I understand what happened in Alabama, etc. But Florida's rates - while not good - were not that abysmal. I've been scared for everyone since seeing that curve.
  3. I would not continue to use a program that makes these erroneous historical assertions. It would go in the trash at my house. This is not some revelation of a new historical take - this is what history books in the South taught for generations. I got this perspective growing up. If you do a deep dive, I'd suggest - yes, read the primary sources - but also get some good context and read a good scholarship biography of Lincoln. If you gather your primary sources from people who are determine to pick and choose bits that make it look like slavery was not the primary cause of the war, then obviously you can easily do that and there are thousands of Civil War historians devoted to that exact cause. Yes, Lincoln was no saint on race. And yes, he spent a lot of time trying to downplay slavery and abolition to avoid war. But those were efforts to try and plaster over the issue. It'd be like if you were trying to try a history of today with the thesis that everyone was very bipartisan. There would be a lot of politicians to quote that would make it sound like they really believed in working together.
  4. Adding that for me and my spouse, he does have things that I have found difficult to accept, but over time I have slowly let them go because it's not my job to manage him. He's also not a reflection on me. And I don't have to do everything with him or worry about his feelings when I don't, which I really appreciate. But he's changed too and moderated some things that drove me nuts when we were younger. Not others. But I do genuinely feel like we've grown together. When I talk to friends who are most bugged by something in their longtime SO, I find they often have changed in different ways, not in together ways, over time.
  5. It's hard when it affects you. I assume he's not just "too critical" but that he's also too critical of YOU, which is a whole other issue.
  6. It took while here, but they are absolutely bringing the vaccine to anyone who struggles to get out. I think that's the case in many areas when it wasn't even two months ago.
  7. I went to a women’s college and even I experienced co-ed bathrooms. Most dorms had two bathrooms per floor, one designated co-ed. But some just had one, so it was co-ed by default except on one floor. Men were supposed to be announced, but realistically if a guy was showering or something already when you walked in, you didn’t always know. And there were invariably at least a couple of guys around, at least on the weekends. It was never a big deal. Of course, there were always some women who always used the all women bathroom so there was an “out.”
  8. It's very strange to me that she would not just get vaccinated if she's actually worried. Or if she's not. It doesn't really matter. Everyone who doesn't have a medical reason or is a child should just do it. I mean, yeah, get a face shield and consider an air purifier for the space, but get her vaccinated. Not getting vaccinated is like... when you're worried about getting wet in a torrential rainstorm refusing to put on a great raincoat and instead debating whether putting plastic bags on your shoes and buying a slightly different tiny umbrella will help.
  9. I'd say an average of a few online estimates is likely to be about as accurate as you can get. ETA: I was curious so I just looked at ours on both. Zillow's is 60k higher. Realtor's is closer to the property value for taxes. It's hard to say because homes around mine are going for the Zillow cost and even more for sure, but my house is less updated than many. Again, with just a single data point, Zillow's seems to be taking the strength of the selling market into account more accurately, while Realtor's is more conservative.
  10. There is, but you can't use it to submit documentation, only get results.
  11. Just that I've had a wide array of kids looking for high school social studies classes online in the last couple of years and somehow none of them seem to be looking for what GAPro seemed to be offering. I find that most students want to go full on with social studies, in which case they want niche classes and AP classes and other students want to go light on social studies and they just want something that gets it done without too much output. Now that they have approved AP courses, I think I may find more fits for them in the future though. @MamaSprout Other than online prep courses and things like UC Scout (which I definitely wouldn't recommend for a kid happy to self-study unless they can find a live class), I've never seen a spring only for Macro or Geography. PAH has it the other way around - fall for macro and spring for micro, I'm almost positive. And G3 has micro in the spring as well and it's not a course specifically to prep for the exam, but it could totally be done with some prep materials to make a more full course as the materials are high level and engaging and cover most of the same ground.
  12. I know of 2E homeschooled kids who got accommodations and others who got denied.
  13. I think our experience was partially just unlucky. Ds has some very, very specific issues. They clearly weren't willing to look at the deeper score breakdowns. For typical kids and more typical profiles, I think most people will have more luck. If you're not pursuing AP testing or the PSAT specifically, the ACT just announced they're switching to automatically grant 504 accommodations, so that's an alternate route. But yes to getting testing in order to get accommodations in college. They like it to be fairly recent.
  14. I think it's in the eye of the beholder. Lots of people are happy with it, like SeaConquest said, so they definitely feel it's meaningful. And I suspect the work in the newer AP classes will prep kids well. I didn't mean it as a negative per se, more like, for folks to be aware of the fit issues. I keep hoping to recommend them to a client and I have yet to have a client they're the right top suggestion for, which is telling to me.
  15. Adding that... the process is absurdly old fashioned as well. You have to gather things and send them in the mail and then it tells you that there's a verdict, but not what the verdict is online? It's a very odd set up.
  16. Honestly, without the IEP/504, it's unpredictable in my opinion. My kid was rejected despite a full testing.
  17. Well, I respect Laura's views, but I'm going to disagree and I'll toss my weight as a former classroom social studies teacher behind it, though I've never taught this one, so it's possible I'm missing something, but still. If you look at the score distributions, I think you'd get that sense, honestly. And it's either getting harder or more kids are inappropriately taking it (I suspect a little from both - the former partially to compensate for the latter). But is it actually harder than APUSH or World or any of the other social studies exams? No way. It's maybe even a little easier.
  18. It's not really. What's making you say it's a "hard" test? The spread of scores is really dire looking, honestly, but that's partially because a lot of schools have younger students take it, not because it's actually that hard. I haven't heard that the *work* in the GAPro classes is hard, just that there's a lot of it. If you're prepping for an AP though, then that's appropriate. It takes practice.
  19. They have very good reviews overall, but also have a reputation for high output and a lot of bits to do, which is often not what folks I know want from a social studies class, so I think it definitely depends on your goals.
  20. As a sort of quippy, this is revealing your hypocrisy sort of thing, I agree. There's a real overlap between the people who feel like it's okay for schools to regulate dress for morality but somehow any other reasons become tyranny against their kids. On the other hand, I see this as being radically different.
  21. Once I cleaned out Mushroom's room after he insisted that he had absolutely no scissors in his room and found seven pairs. SEVEN. I'm not joking. ETA: I was thinking about this and how weird it was that there were so many and I remembered that part of it was that he wasn't just pocketing MY scissors, he was also pocketing scissors from the theater where he was working at the time. They shut down after a scandal so he couldn't even return them all. I have a pair of those in my pencil cup right now.
  22. Oh, a good water bottle. WHERE DO THEY LEAVE THEM ALL!?!?
  23. There's two elements to this though. 1. When the spread was lowest in the places with high vax rates, this would have been reasonably okay. As our vaccines adapt, it could become okay again, but only if the vaccine rates go up. 2. Which they won't do until people are getting closed out of places they'd like to go. So to me, that's the point. It's not a... I want to go to a club right now with Delta everywhere. It's... I want to one day eventually be able to go to a club (well, to the theater, anyway) and that's not happening until vaccine passports become a more widespread practice, thus making the stick to make people up the rates. I'm sick of this "oh, whatever" business about vaccinations. They work. They are not perfect. If everyone gets them, then even with Delta, we - like the UK - could have plummeting cases.
  24. Everyone is free to not get the vaccine. But every business needs to start banning these folks from entering, as should also be their right. This is becoming standard practice for some situations - healthcare workers in some hospital systems, college students on many campuses, going to clubs and shows in NY... The practice needs to widely expand. You don't want to vaccine, fine, but then you get the virtual school for your kids. And the virtual college classes. You get closed out of concerts and theater. Your choice affects others and you're not free to walk around spreading the virus.
  25. I want every business and every school and every hospital system and every club and restaurant and theater to start doing vaccine passports. This won't get better until we force it. I'm so sick of these Covidiots ruining everything for the rest of us.
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