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mk  ·  41 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 9, 2020

It is my daughter’s second day of virtual school. I am sitting at the kitchen table, and she is at her desk. It’s interesting to watch her interact from this perspective. She is smiling a lot but saying little. She just said her name and waved her arms. I am trying to image what it must feel like for her. We took her first day of school picture in front of her desk. She’s in 3rd grade. I remember my first day of 3rd grade clearly because I had grey parachute pants and I was so excited to wear them. Parachute pants are awesome.

There has been a tremendous amount of parental stress around this school year. Personally, I haven’t been worried because my wife and I don’t have to leave the house for work. I really feel for parents that must juggle this and work, particularly those with multiple kids. From an educational perspective, if the school year did not happen, I don’t think it would be much of a big deal. Kids are resilient. We adults are the fragile ones.

We are going to head back to the UP of Michigan in just over a week. I am getting internet installed at the cottage. My second cousin will be there doing the same, so my daughter will have playmates on hand after the school day.

I just got my Uphold account activity. Someone donated 0.2 ETH to Hubski on 8/20. To Whom it May Concern, thank you. We also get about $10/mo worth of BAT from people using Brave and/or tipping. That makes a difference. https://hubski.com/donate

cgod  ·  41 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I know a lady, single mom and grandma, who has 7 school age kids under her roof. I'm sure some of those kids are traumatized in some way or other, I don't know why they live with their grandma. Just getting 7 laptops plugged with space to work would be a challenge. I'm sure their internet is not up to this.

Portland Public Schools has done a great job getting a working laptop into every kids hand and I know there is a program to make sure they have internet but I don't know how successful it's been (probably ok because I haven't herd about it). We are in the middle of a wind storm with scattered wildfires that's screwing up power and internet, they had to turn off video during class yesterday to get audio to work.

Your kid and my kid could miss a year of school and it would have little effect on their lives. Our kids also have bookshelves with 100 pluses books in them (I assume you do but I'd be surprised to be wrong) parents who have conversations with them and exposure to new ideas and stimulating content. Our kids are also baseline smart (I assume again).

A kid who isn't smart and has little to no intellectual stimulation, who isn't read too and no one has a conversation having anything to do with anything but their misbehavior would be devastated by a year off. That's my impression from the things I've read about kids at the bottom, maybe katakowsj could say more.

WanderingEng  ·  41 days ago  ·  link  ·  

A coworker is juggling kids at home while working from home. He sounds really frustrated, saying if daycare is closed he might as well quit work. I'm not sure what his wife does, but it sounds like she has to be out of the house. So if daycare is closed, he's with the kids full time. I think his kids are like 2 and 4 years old.

My cats are asleep near me. One is on the chair next to me and the other is on a chair under the table behind me. They distract me a bit in the morning, especially the younger one who wants me to play with him and his toy such, but it's no worse than a coworker in the office talking about something I don't care about. I like working from home.

b_b  ·  41 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    I just got my Uphold account activity. Someone donated 0.2 ETH to Hubski on 8/20. To Whom it May Concern, thank you. We also get about $10/mo worth of BAT from people using Brave and/or tipping. That makes a difference. https://hubski.com/donate

wasoxygen and I placed a wager in late 2016 about how long Trump would serve in office for. Our bet was (still is) $1 per week, with me owing $1 for every week for Trump remains and him owing $1 for every week of his term that Trump is out of office. The proceeds go entirely to Hubski. My thinking at the time was that he would resign or be impeached with a year, tops. Now I think the only way he doesn't finish is if he loses the election and gets Pence to pardon him after he resigns in the transition period. Unlikely, so look for a $208 donation from me on Jan 20.

goobster  ·  41 days ago  ·  link  ·  

It has to be tough watching your daughter have a different schooling experience than you had ... but at the same time, this is her experience, and she doesn't have your experience to reference. So ... I wonder how kids will adapt to this experience, which is new for us, but "it is what it is" for them?

Going to the UP with family and internet is going to be pretty amazing, I am sure. Almost a modern pioneer experience... living out in the woods, in a cabin, extended family living, working, and educating together... there's something very Little House On The Prairie about it. The modern pioneers. Walden 2020.

Things are weird.