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  1. This is the whole point, I think. The natural extension of this argument is that if this particular atrocity weren't perpetuated by Christians (whose feeling might be hurt by reading about it), then maybe it would be OK to include it. Christian Privilege. It would be possible to at least touch on it, I think, in a sensitive way. The same book covers the slave trade, after all. Even more horrific than the inquisition. Most of the target audience belongs to the perpetrating group (white people), yet that isn't grounds to exclude the topic.
  2. Oh, I know this. And I've used your writing curriculum without issue. It's not about what all Christians believe (or even most Christians - anti-evolution belief is really a very American thing that I don't see so much here in Canada, hence my susceptibility to being "tricked" about Christian content in American curriculum). But for home school curricula, the correlation is strong, strong, strong.
  3. It will add an umami flavour to just about any food you add it too. I like it in mashed potatoes. Or on sprinkled on buttered toast.
  4. Quoting myself to say that I think "Christian Privilege" is a real thing when it comes to home school curricula and resources: That Christian materials are the default (even when they aren't necessarily branded or explicitly marked as Christian). That non-Christians have to fine-comb promotional materials to decipher the is-it-christian code. That this causes problems for those who need truly secular resources. And that lots of Christian home schoolers are blind to the issue.
  5. Either leaves out evolution altogether, or presents evolution as a weak hypothesis and presents religious origin stories as plausible scientific alternative. Leaves out the age of the earth and of the universe. Often leaves out climate change.
  6. I do this too. I find the same correlation - "secular" resources written by authors who profess their Christianity in their bios often aren't secular at all. Or, the resource may not claim to be secular, but also doesn't explicitly state that it's Christian either, and once it arrives in the mail, surprise, it'll be peppered with bible verses or have a little cartoon mouse reading a little cartoon bible on page 2. I've learned that Christian curricula are the default in the homeschool world, and that I must assume a curriculum is Christian unless explicitly stated otherwise (and even then, I'd better look for clues that "secular" actually means secular (ahem, science)). If the author declares their Christianity in their bio, then odds are that the resource is Christian, and not usable for us. I've been tricked enough times (a french program, a set of "neutral" science books) that I read through curriculum websites with a fine-toothed comb (and read secular reviews) before purchasing.
  7. True. It's great PPE, not so great CPE (community protective equipment). We have been using them in the hospital for AGMP, because of an n95 shortage.
  8. I have a p100 elastomere half-face respirator (left over from home reno project) It's easier to breathe through than a disposable medical mask, a disposable n95 respirator, or a cloth mask (I've worn them all - real PPE at work at the hospital, and cloth in the community). The filter paper in the cartridges is pleated, so there is a lot of surface area to breathe through. There is noticeably less resistance than cloth, medical or n95 masks. The mask is rigid, so it does not suck into your face when breathing. And you get to sound like Darth Vader! Cartridges last 6 months. (Sadly, it's not very stylish. One can't have it all, I'm afraid 🙂 ) ETA - it's also heavy. But easy to breathe through!
  9. I agree that the focus should be math, reading and writing. Choose a math program that has a scope and sequence that matches state curriculum requirements. Reading at that stage for us meant a phonics program (Ordinary Parents' Guide to Teaching Reading), some good books at reading level, some read alouds above reading level, and a grammar program (First Language Lessons). For writing, we were well served by Writing With Ease. Treat science and social studies as enrichment. Story of the World on audio during rest-time or in the car (though we are all spending less time in the car with kids these days, I think), combined with some kiddie science podcasts (we love BrainsOn!). More in-depth or more hands on only if the children show enthusiasm, but otherwise at this age exposure via audio (or video, or books) with discussion is really enough.
  10. Some people at work do this. Most of them end up with a big gap on each side. (Did you see the part of the video where she tucks the sides in/under? they don't stay tucked). But we are wearing the same mask for up to 12 hours. It would probably work well for shorter stints in the mask, I think. Or maybe a bit of tape would keep the sides from coming un-tucked. I might try that. I get a good fit on my small face with a surgical mask by pulling the earloops quite tight (tie them behind my head with a shoe-lace) and sticking a bit of tape on the top of the mask to anchor it to my nose.
  11. We were at the optometrist last month, within days of re-opening. We were screened and temped at the door. One household in the office at a time. They locked the front door to prevent others from wandering in. Thorough cleaning between cases (wiping down waiting room chairs, counter-tops, door knobs - beyond the usual cleaning of medical equipment). Staff were all in medical masks and the optometrist was in an n95 and eye protection. There was a shield on the slit lamp and the the other equipment that goes up against eyes. Plexiglass enclosing the reception desk.
  12. What are your state's re-opening standards wrt COVID for medical professionals? And what are your state's optometrist licensing body's standards wrt COVID? I'd have a look at those. They may give you some leverage insist on appropriate PPE and other COVID prevention protocols. Here (Ontario, Canada), what you describe would not be in compliance and your optometrist would be shut down.
  13. Lego, Kapla, Playmobil, wooden train set, lovies.
  14. Sure I do. Chrystia Freeland. 🙂 I take your point, but I still think the comparison was close enough. There isn't an exactly equivalent role in the US, I don't think. The point was to compare the tone of discourse between a head of provincial or state government and a high ranking (highest ranking non-head-of-government) federal government member who belong to opposing parties and have very different political ideologies. Not to suggest that Pence and Freeland's jobs are exactly the same.
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