[THEGATEWAYPUNDIT] The Philadelphia School District canceled all remote learning for students while they are off from school because not all kids have access to a computer and high-speed internet.
So all online learning will be canceled.
Well, don't that sound egalitarianly reasonable.
The superintendent said, "If that’s not available to all children, we cannot make it available to some." As is well known, Philthadelphia has no libraries, or as they're known on South Street "lah-berries."
The Philadelphia School District will not offer remote instruction during the coronavirus ...the twenty first century equivalent of bubonic plague, only instead of killing off a third of the population of Europe it kills 3.4 percent of those who notice they have it. It seems to be fond of the elderly, especially Iranian politicians and holy men... shutdown, the superintendent announced Wednesday, citing equity concerns in a city where many students lack computers or high-speed internet at home.
School districts nationwide have been wrestling with the same issues as they explore ways to keep children engaged as classrooms are shuttered for weeks or longer.
In Philadelphia, where some teachers had been offering forms of optional remote instruction on their own, Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. said at a City Hall news conference that no students will be required to log on to a computer or submit assignments.
"If that’s not available to all children, we cannot make it available to some," Hite said.
Thank you for making a case to shut the system down and give all children vouchers. It's up to the parents to be concern whether they get an education or not and take the appropriate measures to make it happen ...or not. Think of it in your socialist term of Year Zero.
The end of the onerous, centrally planned, consolidated school districts begun in the 1950's. Goodbye to the Blue Bird school busing buses. Goodbye to the bloated school district administrations. Who knew it would take a pandemic.
Screen sharing apps are real pigs. I am not a student, but a teacher, with one class, for example, that has 100 students. Just sharing my desktop (in Dingtalk) completely maxes out my PC at home with a 100Mbs internet connection. I think screen sharing is not the best model for remote education. Old educators like it because it feels the most like a classroom, but classrooms don't really scale well. Imagine Donald Trump teaching online to 1,000,000 viewers. There might be some technical problems ...
#12 Uh, I work remote 95% of the time, collaborate with colleagues etc. We share screens, pass files around hold audio conferences. The application you ask? Microsoft Teams. My connection bandwidth, 15 Mbps. It sounds like you should look for another application. Try Zoom Video.
#14 Do these kids have smart phones? --JohnQC
How many are watching music videos right now? How many have immediate family that they could borrow one (what a concept, that)? Sounds like some petty bureaucrat wants an emergency funding package...
I think the ones that were willing to learn, just got schooled
Posted by: Frank G ||
03/22/2020 12:39 Comments ||
From my experience as a reporter, I'd say the best feature of the public school system in America is how school boards give so many mediocre intellects somewhere to go besides into other areas of politics.
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
03/22/2020 13:05 Comments ||
For Philadelphia parents and others, there is the Khan Academy.
One of my college roommates clipped part of an ad from somewhere and laminated it to the door to his room: "I'm getting a college degree without attending classes."
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
03/22/2020 14:59 Comments ||
Chaving: are you still getting that kind of response? Some colleagues said Team crashed under the load last week. I presume MS'll scale up the infrastructure to handle it. Zoom was giving grief for me on Thursday, and Slack was, with our small team meeting, pretty close to the limit.
Give all the kids electronic notepads. Which will be then sold to someone on "the street." Kids get some $, street buyers get to turn a little profit as well.
Sneaker sales go up as do Nike profits. And business value.
China all good again.
Pilots out there: If you are asked do something as a courtesy (not a declared emergency or anything that may be a violation of 61, 91, 135 or the AIM, as appropriate) to aircraft tail number November One Kilo Echo, tell them to eff off. You'll be glad you did.
Latest figures released by China Mobile show that they have lost 8.116 million users in Jan and Feb. Where are these users now? Switched to other carriers? Or, they couldn't carry their phone to the nether world?
Chinese report at: https://t.co/lxw5FFYzoP#CCPVirus #COVID2019 pic.twitter.com/8sRV4lmDCv
— Jennifer Zeng 曾錚 (@jenniferatntd) March 20, 2020
Seen on Laura Ingraham's Tweeter feed
“I don’t want to embarrass him. I don’t want to act like a tough guy, like I stood up to the president....he’s a smart guy. He’s no dummy.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci to NYT on Trump team response to COVID-19.
I think they're holding out for Thursday. That's when the new unemployment claims number comes out. It will be horrific, and they want to squeeze it for every vote they imagine they can get.
It's interesting how little the Dem candidates have to say. Bernie wants to prevent the pharma companies from making huge profits off the cure they haven't invented yet, Lizzie (who's out, of course) wants to create a giant federal bureaucracy to respond to the emergency, and Joe thinks his campaign for the Senate is going pretty well.
Thanks chris and lex, but DV's point is key. The media is desperately trying to spin this against Trump, but this is the kind of problem Trump was made to solve. The Dems want to solve the problem in a way consistent with their own weird little ideologies, which nobody with his back to the wall gives a rat's tail about. Trump has no ideology, and is therefore free to use every trick there is to solve the problem. Right now he's looking like Ed Harris in Apollo 13.
It's almost as if the Progs want to crush the economy in an election year.
Leveraged by the perceived lethality of a "novel" Coronovirus (Jeez. I can actually spell it now. What the hell has happened to me in the past week?).
And I'd love to hear the story about why the hell the 5 absent Senators were not allowed to vote. Someone needs to do an Executive Order thingie (as allowed by law.) and get their voices heard. Except for Romney.
Yes, it's becoming obvious that, unlike the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, with Trump in the White House the opposition party is perfectly happy to
kill the economy,
cause mass unemployment,
plunge hundreds of thousands, even millions, of small businesses into bankruptcy,
destroy the savings of tens of millions of households,
and ruin the hopes of another generation of Americans --
... all of this in order to bring down the president they hate.
This thing is unlikely to be significantly worse than the pandemic that occurred when Obama was in the White House.
This absurd overreaction is a combination of hysterically conformist behavior and insane, cynical political calculation.
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Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen tested negative for the coronavirus on Saturday, one day after learning one of his aides became the first White House staffer to contract the virus. Malig-Nancy hardest hit?
[NYP] - One after another, sick Brooklyn Technical High School teachers called union chapter leader Nate Bonheimer last week, to tell him they’d tested positive for COVID-19.
By Friday, five of them had shared the devastating news. But after being notified about each one, the city Department of Education still ordered the 6,000-student school’s 350 staffers to show up for work last week, saying the building had been cleaned.
... The city failed to follow a March 9 directive by the state Education Department that "requires an initial 24-hour closure, in order to begin an investigation to determine the contacts that the individual may have had within the school environment."
DOE did not attempt to identify close contacts, Bonheimer said. "They did not alert the people who needed to know the most to protect themselves, their families and everyone else they came into contact with."
...Around the city, teachers and administrators are outraged that Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza resisted a drum beat to close the public schools in the name of safety.
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