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Rethinking Education During the Coronavirus
Frequently attributed to the Chinese is the curse: "May you live in interesting times." Thanks to China's obfuscation and duplicity, the entire world is now dealing with the Wuhan virus and indeed we areliving in interesting times. We grieve for those that have been made ill and possibly lost their lives to the virus. Our hearts go out to the many employees that have lost their jobs and the tens of thousands of small businesses that make our lives easier, but now may go under. For many of us, the revelation that our government could so quickly shut down our economy and trample our Constitution is equally horrifying.
And yet, there are glimmers of hope and opportunity. Across the nation, fifty million K-12 students have been sent home from school, perhaps for the rest of the school year. 1. Some school districts continue to provide content online for the students. This is a wonderful opportunity for parents to sit in the "classroom" with their children and see what they are actually learning. 2. Knowing that parents are now watching, teachers and districts will have to be more careful about the ideas they are presenting to the children. It will be interesting to see what Comprehensive Sex Education will look like when streamed into the home...
3. Parents are finding that they need to homeschool their children and perhaps they will find that they are more than capable of teaching their own children. Parents are learning that a day's content can often be fit into a few hours of teaching and they are getting the opportunity to reconnect with their families. Grandparents, if you have been concerned about what your grandchildren are learning, this is a great opportunity for you to roll up your sleeves and get involved in their education. 1. Offer to tutor your grandchildren in your favorite subject: math, literature, civics, history etc. 2. Get them copies of your favorite children's books, biographies, history or the classics. Spend time reading with them. There are many wonderful book lists available online. Check out E.D. Hirsch's Core Knowledge website for his Core Knowledge Sequence and free curricula. Order his books: What Every __ Grader Should Know (Amazon still delivers)