Here in the grand, wonderful, rising-tide-of-Covid-infections state of Georgia, we’re getting ready to start up the new school year. None of us are too enthusiastic. Everything feels weird, off-kilter. As if we’re living in some odd alternate reality where education must go on like everything is normal while everything is NOT normal at all!
Earlier I told the kids we would start school next week. Probably not going to happen. Even our local school district pushed back the date until the 17th after their agonizing produced a convoluted school opening. It’s so complicated I don’t get it – something about alternating days for 4th grade and up, teens on a different schedule, and K-3rd will be going in-person for 5 days a week. Like I said, complicated. Plus the virtual option. Parents and teachers are really getting a bad deal here.
But we’re homeschooling, so it shouldn’t matter, right? Sort of.
All day long, this phrase has been ringing through my head, “we need more science.” Like the Saturday Night Live skit “More Cowbell,” I kept mumbling “more science” to myself. I’m planning out our curriculum for the upcoming school year, and I just upended a chunk of those plans in my search for more science.
It’s become painfully obvious to me that our educational system dropped the ball. When grown adults and contributing members to society cannot seem to understand the way a virus spreads, or how complacency is a bad thing, yes, education has failed us. Note that I didn’t say teachers – because teachers do their best to fit in everything kids need while simultaneously juggling all the other demands placed on them. No, the system is fundamentally flawed.
It’s been a while since I last posted – because even though we’re stuck at home, I’m still crazy busy! I realized after we officially ended our school year that the kids were going to have a long and boring summer if I didn’t DO something. And as always, that “something” is a time-consuming, way-out-of-my reach kind of thing that I tackle anyway because I’m stubborn like that.
Although our local area seems to be back to “normal” despite the rising Covid-19 cases, we’re still in lockdown mode over here at Homeschooling2e. My high-risk level means we’ll probably be isolated until a vaccine comes out. Knowing this, and knowing how frustrated our kids already are, I decided that we needed fun things to do now that we don’t have the routine of school days to keep us occupied. Enter, summer camp @home!
Different state, same tune: testing time. While the rest of the country flounders around trying to make distance learning work for everyone, homeschoolers are plodding along doing their requirements, including us.
Technically we could postpone this, due to a special bit of legislation designed to help homeschoolers with financial uncertainty. Maybe we should have? I figured he’s bored out of his mind anyway so we should get it over with.
Time for one of those introspective posts again. So. Our family has been in lockdown for over a month now. Well over a month, even though officially our state hasn’t been locked down that long. In fact, our state just announced that we’re opening everything back up again, with “social distancing” and “proper precautions.” You really don’t want to hear my opinion on the level of impossibility involved in keeping 6 feet away from people at the movie theatre, hairdresser, or gym. I know that lifting restrictions slightly will snowball as people become more and more relaxed and start taking liberties with it. I just hope people check out must-read tips about Coronavirus and remember the number of deaths it has caused.