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  1. It all depends on the student, the caliber of his college coursework, and your family's financial situation. There is no right or wrong answer. What are his goals? What is he wanting to get out of college? Is he planning a career in academia? If he loves academics, likes challenging coursework and would thrive in the company of academic peers and faculty mentors, I would shoot for a highly selective school and take the four years. (That is, of course, if your family can afford it or he gets generous financial aid.) The coursework he has done so far may be a good preparation, but he c
  2. Beutiful buildings made of stone. Castles. Cathedrals. Culture. My hometown has museums, theaters, opera houses, orchestras The mountains where we used to climb The river that runs through the city, with its meadows. The hills and vineyards. Being able to walk places Public transit The Christmas traditions And my family, of course, but I figured that wasn't what the question was about
  3. Then I'd just buy some freeze dried backpacking food. Backpacker's Pantry or Mountain house.
  4. If the power goes out for longer, you will want to eat the contents of your freezer. That would mean fruit and veggies and bread for us.
  5. What scenario do you envision where you need specifically prepared rations that have a 5 year shelf life and cannot use "normal" food? We do have a stash of backpacking meals, since we backpack anyway. But unless I had to evacuate and carry everything on my back and eat on the go, I can't see any reason why I would need emergency rations rather than a pantry. In case of snow storm or power outage, it might be more effective to invest in an alternative cooking source, like a camping stove.
  6. Yes. The physics textbooks I have to use are horrible. No consecutive well written text, but tons of distractions on every page. And thick glossy paper so it costs $150. You could have a better book in b&w, with a few well chosen illustrations and only a third of the pages for $20. But hey, that wouldn't make the textbook publishers any money. Newton's been dead for almost 300 years. Rolling out new books every couple of years is a racket.
  7. They definitely are - but those aren't usually a hundred years old. I'd definitely use a math or physics text from the 1980s over most of the stuff they're putting out these days
  8. Books whose copyright has expired ARE in the public domain. And I wrote "unless the book is in the public domain..."
  9. That use is not covered by the fair use doctrine. Unless the book is in the public domain or the school has obtained permission, this violates copyright, even if the copies are distributed via a password protected system.
  10. But how many more would there be if everybody did mix and mingle with the crowds? The fact that there are still infections doesn't mean distancing and masking are not working. Flu does not JUST transmit via surface. And distancing also means fewer people's sneezes per surface area.
  11. I would expect it to be lower because a substantial portion of people still avoid crowded indoor places and limit interaction with people occupancy limits for public venues means fewer people in the space that can infect one another distancing requirements (like on my campus) means less person-to-person contact some people are wearing masks correctly; others at least make an effort people may keep up the hand washing habit people will be more likely to stay home when sick
  12. Lots and lots of physical activity. They need WAY more physical exertion than we think or is built into most modern lives. And food. More food than you can imagine possible. Being hangry is a thing. A timely feeding has averted much misery.
  13. I think we've never moved away from the 4-cans-of-a-kind limit at the local Aldi.
  14. and not just that, but also for chemistry and physics. Students fail college chem because they never understood fractions and proportions. Students fail college physics because they are weak in basic algebra and cannot focus on the physics concept since they struggle so much with math that, at that point, should be automatic.
  15. Easy. If mastery has been achieved - however you define and measure mastery - that's an A. There is no reason for complicated weighted formulas with daily work and homework and quizzes and tests (and colleges don't care to see such a formula from you), because in a homeschool, you have other ways of ascertaining that your kid has understood and mastered the material. You could simply have a conversation, aka an oral exam, in the tradition of the European universities 🙂
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