A rolling thread where we are teachers

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Hello! There are lots of us!

What do you teach? Who do you teach it to?

Gravel Puzzleworth, Tuesday, 15 June 2010 23:41 (ten years ago) link

english, to students who almost made it to university

an indie-rock microgenre (dyao), Wednesday, 16 June 2010 00:28 (ten years ago) link

Neurology, to residents and medical students

MCAT Physics, verbal reasoning and "essay" writing to pre-med students for Princeton Review
English, in Japanese high schools (on the JET program) and to private students in tutorial and conversation classes
Piano and rudimentary music theory, to semi-interested 6-16 year olds taking private lessons at Yamaha

I have no formal teacher training.

The Amy Misto Family Knife (Plasmon), Wednesday, 16 June 2010 07:34 (ten years ago) link

I'd like some stories on this thread, if thats viable (privacy notwithstanding) for any of you! I admire the fuck out of anyone who teaches.

property-disrespecting Moroccan handjob (Trayce), Wednesday, 16 June 2010 09:26 (ten years ago) link

English to foreign types. Favourite quote: "If I have the million pounds, I will buy big house in the cunt."

rhythm fixated member (chap), Wednesday, 16 June 2010 09:34 (ten years ago) link

Other known teachers? Vahid/Baja?

(Me: Maths to 10-12 y/olds)

Gravel Puzzleworth, Wednesday, 16 June 2010 17:00 (ten years ago) link

knowledge, to fools

I am an old guy, and I prefer the late 90s. (Matt P), Wednesday, 16 June 2010 17:06 (ten years ago) link

with any luck, HS math next year (just got back from a massive job fair, have two little screening interviews this afternoon)

this is fresh air, i'm very gross (m bison), Wednesday, 16 June 2010 17:07 (ten years ago) link

with substantial luck, HS English in the 2011-12 school year.

good luck, m bison!

horseshoe, Wednesday, 16 June 2010 18:04 (ten years ago) link

pimpin got a campus interview tomorrow afternoon now

this is fresh air, i'm very gross (m bison), Wednesday, 16 June 2010 20:00 (ten years ago) link

lol i got a job offer from another district

champs like us, baby we were born to stunt (m bison), Thursday, 17 June 2010 03:25 (ten years ago) link

video production, to teenage Latinas

admrl, Thursday, 17 June 2010 03:28 (ten years ago) link

I teach proper deportment on a school bus.

Aimless, Thursday, 17 June 2010 03:40 (ten years ago) link

Oh hi. I just got a teaching job that I accepted. I don't start till August but -- uh -- will be posting here!

Mordy, Thursday, 17 June 2010 03:40 (ten years ago) link

hi 5, we are teaching bros now

when u deliver a tight lesson u should be like, son, r u scared, it looks like u just got MORDYFIED

champs like us, baby we were born to stunt (m bison), Thursday, 17 June 2010 03:48 (ten years ago) link

you got Mr. Sh1n31fied more like it (no, probably kids will call me by my first name)

Mordy, Thursday, 17 June 2010 03:58 (ten years ago) link

ESL, developmental english, and occasionally speech to adults (occasionally teenage highschool dropouts) in a small private college that is rather unique in its mission but i don't want to identify on a public message board

one of my favorite student sentences: "Workers get lezzy when the boss is away."

an outlet to express the dark invocations of (La Lechera), Thursday, 17 June 2010 04:03 (ten years ago) link

was waiting for you to show up LL!!

dyao, Thursday, 17 June 2010 04:04 (ten years ago) link

<3 !

an outlet to express the dark invocations of (La Lechera), Thursday, 17 June 2010 04:07 (ten years ago) link

my summer project is to read the grammar book from cover to cover :)

dyao, Thursday, 17 June 2010 04:09 (ten years ago) link

my summer project is to continue to develop my reading curriculum. i have not yet started working on this project, though. we're also trying to hire a new ft person, which is a little hairy.

an outlet to express the dark invocations of (La Lechera), Thursday, 17 June 2010 04:13 (ten years ago) link

ft --> full time fac

an outlet to express the dark invocations of (La Lechera), Thursday, 17 June 2010 04:13 (ten years ago) link

I've gotta find out exactly which classes I'm teaching next semester so I can prepare stuff. I've never actually done this before (did tutoring and writing center work before, but never taught a class). It's exciting!

Mordy, Thursday, 17 June 2010 04:16 (ten years ago) link

I am a peer educator for an intro college biology class (geared toward biology majors). I have all of the fun of teaching but the prof I work for fields all the troublesome stuff, and they also come up with the lesson plans. It's the five-week summer class right now and it's so fast-paced!

breaking that little dog's heart chakra (Abbott), Thursday, 17 June 2010 06:27 (ten years ago) link

with substantial luck, HS English in the 2011-12 school year.

good luck, m bison!

― horseshoe, Wednesday, June 16, 2010 2:04 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

let me just say--u will be an awesome, awesome teach

max, Thursday, 17 June 2010 06:30 (ten years ago) link

i mean im sure the rest of you guys are good too

max, Thursday, 17 June 2010 06:31 (ten years ago) link

congrats m bison! congrats mordy!

Gravel Puzzleworth, Thursday, 17 June 2010 06:36 (ten years ago) link

i just realized my post made it sound like we were hiring a little hairy person. this may be true, but mainly we're looking for someone competent, stable, and not likely to drive us nuts. this person could wind up being little and hairy...or not.

an outlet to express the dark invocations of (La Lechera), Thursday, 17 June 2010 17:53 (ten years ago) link

hi max. i might be a little tired and overwrought lately, but at any rate that made me tear up a little bit. thank you!

Amanda, you strike me as one of the hardest-working and most committed teachers I've known. god knows it's an easy job to burn out at. your students are lucky to have you!

horseshoe, Thursday, 17 June 2010 18:34 (ten years ago) link

integrated math & chemistry for 10th graders

moonship journey to baja, Thursday, 17 June 2010 19:11 (ten years ago) link

thanks h! i do my best. mine is not an easy job, but it's one i enjoy and am happy to do. i'm glad someone notices.

it is a little known fact that horseshoe and i worked together (sort of) for a while :)

an outlet to express the dark invocations of (La Lechera), Thursday, 17 June 2010 20:16 (ten years ago) link

Have any of you read http://www.amazon.com/Global-Achievement-Gap-Survival-Need/dp/0465002293 ?

I've been enjoying it, and this particular paragraph jumped out at me. It's apart of a narrative being told by Helen Mountjoy, who tried to establish less test-oriented curriculum's in Kentucky:

"We were totally unprepared for the kind of response we got from our right-wing brethren... For example, it was said that these open-response tests would measure students' values, and that students would be kept in school until they could answer 'the right way.' 'Critical thinking skills' means teaching your children to be critical of you and your church.

Religious fanatics. This is why we can't have nice things.

Mordy, Friday, 18 June 2010 17:57 (ten years ago) link


Mordy, Friday, 18 June 2010 17:58 (ten years ago) link


champs like us, baby we were born to stunt (m bison), Friday, 18 June 2010 18:03 (ten years ago) link

I'm a music teacher in Scotland, 5 days from finishing my probationary year and looking at unemployment after the summer if more jobs don't appear soon!

argosgold (AndyTheScot), Friday, 18 June 2010 18:04 (ten years ago) link

What ages do you teach, andy?

Music teacher is a brutal job most places imo - respect!

Gravel Puzzleworth, Friday, 18 June 2010 18:08 (ten years ago) link

"We were totally unprepared for the kind of response we got from our right-wing brethren... For example, it was said that these open-response tests would measure students' values, and that students would be kept in school until they could answer 'the right way.' 'Critical thinking skills' means teaching your children to be critical of you and your church.

i dunno the context here but it seems like kind of a weak argument to blame the parents. if parents don't understand what "critical thinking" means in the context of standards and testing then the state board / school districts / school administrations / classroom teachers aren't doing a good job of explaining themselves to the stakeholders. we explicitly teach both values and critical thinking at our school but we're also quite explicit with parents and students about what critical thinking skills and values we're teaching and what they represent.

moonship journey to baja, Friday, 18 June 2010 21:04 (ten years ago) link

hi guys, i am a teacher. elementary. actually, i'm back in school this next year getting my m.ed. books i am reading lately for it:

peter maclaren: life in schools
deborah meier: playing for keeps
diane ravich's new book

ampersand (remy bean), Friday, 18 June 2010 21:10 (ten years ago) link

remy would you recommend any of those books?

have you read 'why children fail'?

Gravel Puzzleworth, Friday, 18 June 2010 21:14 (ten years ago) link

I love the first two. Maclaren comes from the Marxist/Paolo Freire camp, and he's got a good (appropriately incensed) energy that he brings to the idea of education reform. The book is dated in places, but not ineffective from a philosophy standpoint. Pretty provocative, actually. Deborah Meier is an inspiring teacher and talented author, and the schools she works in sound... pretty amazing.

No, I haven't read 'why children fail' but I've heard good things. Worth picking up?

ampersand (remy bean), Friday, 18 June 2010 21:21 (ten years ago) link

i'll try to read those two then!

'why children fail' is good, yeah - it's very easy and pleasant to read and it's interesting - I read the later version, where he's annotating his own book, and it seemed like that'd be better. it's a bit dated fwiw but not totally so. i found it really spoke to me as the kind of teacher I am at this stage (4 yrs experience): he's very convincing about saying that imbuing a good learning strategy is the most important thing, and very honest about not really knowing how to do it (I'd love to read books that offered more on the latter, if you had any recommendations) but the stuff that really struck with me is the stuff that goes: sometimes you should asking the kid to work out the phoneme with a neutral expression and not-giving-away-the-answer and etc, and just read to the damn kid.

Gravel Puzzleworth, Friday, 18 June 2010 21:42 (ten years ago) link

the meier/ravitch columns in ed week are a traet

ico-friendly plaxic bottle (m bison), Friday, 18 June 2010 21:44 (ten years ago) link

they are, huh?

ampersand (remy bean), Friday, 18 June 2010 21:51 (ten years ago) link

(that was meant sincerely, not sarcastically)

ampersand (remy bean), Friday, 18 June 2010 21:58 (ten years ago) link

I really want to read the Ravitch book - it's next on my list. Have you guys seen the interview she did recently in Slate?

Mordy, Friday, 18 June 2010 23:56 (ten years ago) link

Here's the Ravitch interview: http://www.slate.com/blogs/blogs/thewrongstuff/archive/2010/05/17/diane-ravitch-on-being-wrong.aspx

What teaching related journals/magazines do you guys read regularly?

Mordy, Sunday, 20 June 2010 00:01 (ten years ago) link

Also! Can any of you recommend a good history of pedagogy text?

Mordy, Sunday, 20 June 2010 01:54 (ten years ago) link

a history of pedagogy? why would you want to read that?

i imagine it might be more reasonable and useful to narrow it down by audience, context and content.

moonship journey to baja, Sunday, 20 June 2010 03:03 (ten years ago) link

Sorry about the spammy links. Next time I'll just tinyurl it.

Mordy, Sunday, 20 June 2010 03:38 (ten years ago) link

I was looking over some of the stuff I've posted here the past few years and came across the back-on-forth on rubrics six years ago. No better example of how they never settle on anything before moving onto something else. Rubrics are so passé now--it's task requirements and success criteria. ("Co-created," of course.) Our resource teacher--someone I like, and she's helped me at times--is a true believer in all this stuff, I'm most definitely not, so when she asked me a few weeks ago if I knew the difference between the two, the question put me off enough that I made it a point to make up an antiquated rubric instead. (I'm finished this year, so at a certain point, it's like nobody cares what you do anymore. It's a great feeling.) Would bet a small fortune: four or five years from now, the words "task requirement" and "success criteria" will never be heard.

clemenza, Wednesday, 27 February 2019 06:22 (one year ago) link

When I started teaching in earnest (ca. ‘03) it was all about “learning opportunities” which now seems both quaint and de rigeur.

rb (soda), Wednesday, 27 February 2019 12:02 (one year ago) link

i still use rubrics and don't feel shame about it

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 27 February 2019 14:34 (one year ago) link

my students like them too. sometimes i use a checklist to get them ready to turn in an assignment but the grade is determined by the rubric. i hate grading. however, i love teaching.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 27 February 2019 14:38 (one year ago) link

GRADING, you say?

more like DEGRADING if you ask me!!

the late great, Wednesday, 27 February 2019 19:24 (one year ago) link

Once a year--today was that day--the kids will be working on a math test and I'll take out some chocolate and say, "You guys work on your math test; I'll be sitting here eating chocolate." I'm going to miss that.

clemenza, Thursday, 7 March 2019 00:09 (one year ago) link


you know who deserves sitewide mod privileges? (m bison), Thursday, 7 March 2019 01:24 (one year ago) link

I'm on the clock.

clemenza, Thursday, 7 March 2019 12:28 (one year ago) link

Swine! Seriously though, good luck and enjoy those 100-odd days.

(Just for a minute there, I read DeLillo and thought, Don!)

Good cop, Babcock (Chinaski), Thursday, 7 March 2019 20:20 (one year ago) link

I can't tell you how many times people come up to me on the street and start asking about arcane plot points from Underworld...Thanks; only about 70 of them in the classroom.

clemenza, Thursday, 7 March 2019 20:53 (one year ago) link

Things I will miss, part 83: learning stuff I never knew, in this case what games and sports Ancient Egyptians played (from a grade 4 slide show):

"What the Egypt people played: fishing, rowing, football, basketball, golf, hockey, tennis, swimming...chess, weight lifting, wrestling, long jump and other card games."

clemenza, Saturday, 16 March 2019 01:02 (one year ago) link

i mean i bet there are people in egypt in 2019 who do that

you know who deserves sitewide mod privileges? (m bison), Saturday, 16 March 2019 04:52 (one year ago) link

Pretty clearly, their research led them to a page on Egypt today--happens all the time with kids. The thought of King Tut standing over a three-foot putt on 18 still made me laugh.

clemenza, Saturday, 16 March 2019 15:54 (one year ago) link

dying @ "long jump and other card games"

the late great, Saturday, 16 March 2019 16:04 (one year ago) link

Dying @ ancient Egyptians golfing

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Saturday, 16 March 2019 20:05 (one year ago) link

one of my students got into yale!!!!!!!!!!!!! yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(for reference of how big of a deal this is at my school, more of my former students have been convicted of murder than gone to ivy league schools)

you know who deserves sitewide mod privileges? (m bison), Saturday, 30 March 2019 00:17 (one year ago) link

That's great--I've had other success stories, not an Ivy League school (that I know of), and they always mean a lot.

clemenza, Saturday, 30 March 2019 15:10 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

In 21 years of teaching, I've had to administer standardized provincial testing in all but four of them. (Students do it in grade 3 and grade 6 here.) It came in one year before I started, and I wouldn't be surprised if it only outlasts me by a few years. I think--I hope--it is gradually dawning on the public what a rigged charade it is.

The only useful things I've gotten out of it were 1) marking it for the first few summers, which was genuinely worthwhile from the standpoint of learning how to assess (and allowed me to put away some money), and 2) the signs I post on my door every year while we're writing it.


clemenza, Thursday, 23 May 2019 04:23 (one year ago) link

One regret about leaving now: I won't be around eight years from now, when I'd have a class where half the boys and a couple of the girls are named Kawhi.

clemenza, Saturday, 1 June 2019 20:21 (one year ago) link

just got back from graduation. always a dope experience.

be the 2 chainz you want 2 see in the world (m bison), Saturday, 1 June 2019 20:32 (one year ago) link

I always enjoy the grade 8 grad at our school. This year, though--with an incredibly small class of 14--I've never taught any of them (I've coached two or three).

clemenza, Saturday, 1 June 2019 20:45 (one year ago) link

i teach primarily 12th graders (high school seniors) so it's an annual thing for me now.

be the 2 chainz you want 2 see in the world (m bison), Saturday, 1 June 2019 20:59 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

When I write my half-arsed 'the impossible profession' book, one of my chapters/sections will be titled 'getting used to holidays - the unspoken something or other' because, four years in, it's still really weird. I'm all a) BIG PLANS - do the garage, shave the cat, make the garden less like a jungle, write a poem a day b) spend every second with my family! c) read everything d) sleep and laze about etc etc.

A) I'm quickly reminded I'm shit at big plans and trying to actually do anything with b) being such a big factor is the key.
B) Well, christ.
C) I'm currently in the grip of this and literally trying to read everything and it's driving me mad.
D) This gets old quite quickly and a), b) and c) are like gadflies.

Anyway, yes, I'm turning having 6 weeks off into a ballache - what of it?

Good cop, Babcock (Chinaski), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 10:01 (one year ago) link

summer is def too long

Carisis LaVerted (m bison), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 13:52 (one year ago) link

i spent the entire time either dealing with a tooth infection or complications that arose from it. awesome vacay!!!!!!!!!!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 15:39 (one year ago) link

i would rather have some scattered time off during the year than one time per year when i can try to accomplish something substantial and fail due to circumstances that happen to coincide with that one time of year

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 15:39 (one year ago) link

Can I still post here, or do I have to look for a "Rolling Thread Where We Were Teachers" thread? There are a handful of year-round schools in my former board that are exactly what LL describes above--a bunch of scattered two- and- three-week breaks throughout the year. I always needed the long break and was never tempted to apply to one of them.

clemenza, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 15:43 (one year ago) link

tbh i think we all need the long break because it's the only break we get -- i wouldn't need it so badly if i had more breaks!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 15:45 (one year ago) link

i literally spent my entire break being sicker than i have ever been and dealing with monster physical problems
now that they have been handled on my break they are invisible to my coworkers, who inevitably expect me to be feeling chipper and refreshed after a lengthy "break" when i barely feel able to function. this is not healthy imo

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 15:47 (one year ago) link

also i have stopped referring to it as a vacation. it's "time between contracts"

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 15:50 (one year ago) link


Carisis LaVerted (m bison), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 18:51 (one year ago) link

This is how a teacher in Gaza welcomes the children in her class every morning.
❤️🇵🇸 pic.twitter.com/LdVvz29AMV

— James Melville (@JamesMelville) August 10, 2019

j., Monday, 12 August 2019 02:48 (eleven months ago) link

that is so precious and totally a kid-friendly way to teach about consent!!!

Carisis LaVerted (m bison), Monday, 12 August 2019 03:10 (eleven months ago) link

I love that.

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 12 August 2019 07:24 (eleven months ago) link

four weeks pass...

A friend interviewed me about teaching just before I retired last spring (link at the top):


If anything, it's mostly about how difficult the job was even 20 years along. There's some stuff on my various principals that I contemplated removing, but I decided in the end it wasn't that big a deal.

clemenza, Monday, 9 September 2019 19:00 (ten months ago) link

two weeks pass...

I've invented a new term for supplying a couple of days a week after you retire: load management.

If you ever get the chance to supply (or, for Americans, substitute) post-retirement at the school you just left, especially if you were there for a long time (21 years for me), I highly recommend doing so. The kids know you, so you get zero grief; you get to see all your old students, who basically give you a hero's welcome; you know all the staff. My old room is being used for storage this year, so even my nameplate is still up there. As close as I've ever gotten to getting well paid for doing nothing. (I was in for an old friend last week, and she told me she needed me to actually teach for two periods--she was practically apologetic.)

clemenza, Thursday, 26 September 2019 02:15 (ten months ago) link

I'm just entering my fourth year of teaching (fifth, if you count the *shudder* training year) and it's been a really tough start. It's an Outstanding school and we've just had what are basically the best results we've ever had. Due to the Oustanding status, we've not been Ofstedededed for over ten years and since that privilege was recently officially removed, everyone is shitting themselves. We've always been left largely alone, with a 'let teachers teach' mantra but the purported Ofsted visit has meant a whole bunch of shit pouring in from above: directives for seemingly every kid - on various lists -, new safeguarding measures, new disciplinary procedures which is resulting in 100+ kids every night in detention. It's making for a really odd atmosphere: embattled, faintly aggressive, stressful. I've properly fallen out with both my Y11 classes and I'm sure it's transferred stress. I've also managed to fall upwards into a 2nd in department role, under a part-time HoD, which is intense and seems proper ad hoc at times. I'm also really aware for the first time of the problems associated with teaching the same texts over and over - great for planning, but also an edge of drudgery, which I'm concerned I'm communicating to the kids.

Anyway, short version: this fucking job, eh?

Life is a meaningless nightmare of suffering...save string (Chinaski), Thursday, 3 October 2019 20:05 (ten months ago) link

three months pass...

I must say that I am very anxious to get away from this place. I have become very weak in health and do not seem to recover myself here or likely to do so. Teaching is very burdensome, especially when you have much of it: I have. I have not much time and almost no energy - for I am always tired - to do anything on my own account.

Gerard Manley Hopkins on teaching

Ngolo Cantwell (Chinaski), Friday, 31 January 2020 22:26 (six months ago) link

Ontario's a huge mess right now. Rotating strike-days board to board (my old school was out today), a province-wide strike-day next week, endless sniping in the media, escalating job action (onto extra-curricular) if there's no settlement by Friday. I was supposed to supply next Monday/Tuesday, but Tuesday's another strike day; I'm at my old school, so I'll stick around and walk with them.

clemenza, Friday, 31 January 2020 22:37 (six months ago) link

Just read your post from three months ago, chinaski...Some of it didn't make sense to me (Ofsted?)--are you in Britain? My standard advice for stuff pouring in from above is smile, nod, and let it go in one ear and out the other. But I know that's not always possible.

clemenza, Friday, 31 January 2020 22:42 (six months ago) link

G.M. Hopkins otm as usual.

Lily Dale, Saturday, 1 February 2020 00:02 (six months ago) link

Clemenza - yes I'm in the UK; Oftsed is the government office for standards in education. And they are as Orwellian as that sounds. I mean, they were set up to introduce some sense of accountability, which I can understand, but the relationship has become so toxic and punitive that they basically exist to make teachers' lives a misery. I'm lucky, in that my school remains largely untouched, but schools in 'special measures' or 'requires improvement' are under what amounts to outside rule and governed by whatever directives are imposed upon them. It's hideous. Our previous head was brilliant in shielding us from the latest bullshit but we've had a new head and she has retained the basic ethos but there are things creeping in...

Anyway, aye - GMH otm.

Ngolo Cantwell (Chinaski), Saturday, 1 February 2020 10:24 (six months ago) link

one month passes...

Teachers...you remember them.

Got a FB birthday notification today for a former student (I was still substituting at the time) celebrating his 40th. Felt like some kind of a vicarious milestone.

clemenza, Sunday, 15 March 2020 13:47 (four months ago) link

A Brooklyn high school teacher died yesterday from COVID-19.


clemenza, Thursday, 26 March 2020 16:31 (four months ago) link

The mom of a student I had 20 years ago posted some old photos on Facebook this week, one with me, so we're FB friends now. From a post she just put up: "I’m running out of batteries......get yer mind out of the gutter." Geez--moms!

clemenza, Monday, 30 March 2020 14:13 (four months ago) link

three months pass...

My wife (public school librarian) got a linkedin email from an old lawyer colleague (literally named Karen) who was looking for public school teachers who "might be looking for extra work" to run some pod for her kids and a couple other rich families. My wife gently told her that she wasn't interested and that she wasn't comfortable with the ideas of these pods given the huge equity issues they raise.

DJI, Thursday, 23 July 2020 00:12 (two weeks ago) link

Felt a pang of deep shame when I saw a former student at my part-time job and I recognized them first. Not really sure they even remembered me when I told them how we were supposed to have known each other.

very avant-garde (Variablearea), Thursday, 23 July 2020 01:35 (two weeks ago) link

no need to feel shame about that! i love recognizing people and if they don't recognize me, oh well!

the separation of fortunate children into private learning pods makes me feel ill; i can see the temptation to do it esp for unemployed teachers or those who are looking to gain experience or whatever reason but it's just so wrong. still, i know it's coming and probably not too long before some people i know are even hiring private instructors for their kids :( :( :(

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 23 July 2020 02:14 (two weeks ago) link

thinking of taking a pod gig and seeing how long i can teach age-appropriate lessons on das kapital b4 i get fired

methinks dababy doth bop shit too much (m bison), Thursday, 23 July 2020 02:53 (two weeks ago) link

Well this is interesting:

San Francisco officials are readying an unprecedented educational assistance program for the fall meant to help up to 6,000 children with their distance-learning needs, as parents and students confront the reality of starting the school year without classrooms during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Starting in September, dozens of recreation facilities, libraries and community centers across the city will be transformed into “learning hubs,” spaces where young students who may struggle with remote instruction can go each day to access their digital classwork and the social interactions that virtual schooling cannot provide.
Officials are prioritizing low-income families, children in public housing or the foster care system, homeless youth, and others in living situations that make remote learning particularly challenging. At first, the hubs will serve students in kindergarten through fifth grade, a group that has lower rates of infection, but officials will consider making the hubs available to older students. They will operate five days a week during ordinary school hours and will be staffed by experienced nonprofits and other organizations — many of which already partner with the city to provide after-school programs.

Hm. Well then I guess if rich people want to pod up (in San Francisco, at least), have at it? What do you guys think?

DJI, Friday, 24 July 2020 00:03 (one week ago) link

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