WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump insists that schools reopen so students can go back to their classrooms, but the Maryland private school where his son Barron is enrolled is among those under county orders to stay closed.
I saw some wingnut jackass on Twitter saying it’s a million to one chance your kid dies of covid, so no big, right? If that’s a concern then never ride in a car, etc. I didn’t bother pointing out that you don’t catch car crashes from sitting next to other people in school. Car crashes don’t suddenly increase in number somewhere until the local hospitals are overwhelmed. And we have elaborate societal mechanisms to reduce the number of and and mitigate the effects of car crashes, many of which are mandated by law and punished fairly severely if not followed. So that comparison is, let’s say, inapt.
I do not advocate for schools to open up for in classroom learning at this point. But listening to a professor of education talk about her son being an only child and that he needs more face to face interaction I wonder if any families have started increasing their own bubble? And by this I mean slowly introducing and merging their activities? It would go along with some other reporting I heard about parents that are hiring their own teacher to teach a small amount of children, and yes they are paying for it out of their own pocket, but one of the ideas that the founder of this idea had is that one child in every pod be there for free, or on scholarship.
Just some interesting ideas.
Another interesting idea that a private school mentioned in the Washington Post story on this is hoping to implement:
A handful of private schools, however, were quick to pivot, such as Sandy Spring Friends School in Sandy Spring. The head of that school, Rodney Glasgow, sent a message to families on the same day of Gayles’s announcement, declaring that classes would be online-only for the first semester, which ends in late January.
Still, Glasgow promised some face-to-face time. The school will create “social pods” of 12 to 16 students, each connected with one faculty member, that will come to campus once every three weeks for “in-person social experiences within their pods,” Glasgow wrote. It will also offer some in-person programming for its youngest students.
Whether that turns out to be practical or not, at least some creative ideas are starting to come out.