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Pandemic Schooling’s Second Worst Idea

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If “concurrent” schooling is the worst idea to be produced during the pandemic (and it is), a close second are all the proposals (starting with the Biden administration) to resume standardized testing this spring.

In the Washington Post’s Answer Sheet blog Wayne Au, a professor in the School of Educational Studies at the University of Washington at Bothell and an editor for the social justice magazine Rethinking Schools, explains why.

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Moving Beyond

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Last Friday, I received my second COVID shot. After a day to deal with some mild side effects, I seem to be doing well despite all the Bill Gates-designed tracking nanobots that are busily working to rewrite my DNA. Or something like that.

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Photo Post – A Taste of Spring

We had a brief burst of spring weather last week so I took advantage and spent a little time wandering around National Harbor, Maryland with my camera.

This is a very touristy area with lots hotels, recreation, restaurants, and shops, except that we have very few tourists in the area right now. Makes for rather empty but still interesting images, a few of which are below. The rest are in this gallery.

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Pandemic Schooling’s Worst Idea

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As of yesterday, the overly-large school district has all it’s classrooms open for live instruction. Sort of.

Some students are in face-to-face classes while some are still attending class online. Parents have the option to choose and, according to one report in the Post, only about 47% of kids are currently in the live classrooms. As for the teachers, Fairfax is using something called “concurrent instruction” to cover all the bases.

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