[ExI] schools, was: RE: Even India and Haiti do it better

William Flynn Wallace foozler83 at gmail.com
Fri May 8 17:02:08 UTC 2020

  the best bet for actual learning is to forget watching their classroom
lectures on Zoom and just go to Khan Academy: smarter lecturer, better IT,
better everything.  spike

Once upon a time near the beginning of the video age, the dept. got a
circular about a series of videos teaching basic statistics.  My chairman
asked if I wanted them.  My answer was that if I were out for an extended
period of time, then having those in reserve was a good idea.  Other than
that, I prefer to teach the class myself.  We did not order.

So - you are not going to make any headway with superintendents and
principals by suggesting that they bypass their teachers and get their
students to watch better teachers on videos, even if they cost very little
or nothing.  They will support their teachers - or pay a big price.  The
unions will jump all over them.

BTW = what was wrong with my post about the invalidity of the population
infectios rates and death rates?  I believe those to be useless, as I
said.  Maybe it is just something the guys can play around with?

bill w.

On Fri, May 8, 2020 at 9:49 AM spike jones via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> *From:* spike at rainier66.com <spike at rainier66.com>
> >…Are there any other ideas?  If economies open up and Covid cases go way
> up, or if economies don’t open up in spite of the risk, we will need other
> ideas, lots of them.  Spike
> Regarding ideas, I am soliciting ideas on other stuff besides economies.
> I have a pretty good idea how economies will go after hearing how much
> trouble the California government is in: they will realize that shutting
> down an economy for an extended period is ruinous as well as Covid.  The
> governor (and the other 49 governors) will stand down soon methinks, even
> knowing it is very risky, for they already know and have seen what happens
> in the alternative.  They are sailing between Scylla and Charybdis.
> What isn’t clear is public education.  We are doing remote learning here,
> and it is working for some, not at all for others.  The schools have been
> closed for the remainder of the academic year, but the plan is to return in
> August.  If Covid cases shoot way up (certainly a plausible scenario) we
> can easily imagine the governor would close the schools but not the
> businesses (this is my prediction of what will happen.)  The schools can
> pretend they are still operational, and they are… for some of the
> students.  Academically the rich get richer, the poor get nothing (because
> they don’t show up.)
> If anyone wants to toss out ideas, please do.  I am on an evaluation board
> offering the district superintendent a parents’-eye-view of remote
> learning.  The board may not like what I have to say, but I will tell the
> truth: remote learning works well for some, but the best bet for actual
> learning is to forget watching their classroom lectures on Zoom and just go
> to Khan Academy: smarter lecturer, better IT, better everything.
> What if the caseload in the fall is a lot higher than now and we have
> enough test kits but we find that doesn’t help much because the virus has
> already spread before the first symptoms show up?  Or what if it is about
> the same as now, or only a little lower: they would still need to keep the
> schools closed, ja?  The shops and businesses will need to stay open for
> the most part, the ones which haven’t folded by then.  But schools have the
> option of closing.
> Ideas?
> spike
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