Lest anyone get the wrong idea, I would like to note that “school at home” is not going perfectly.
One of my kids is probably going to need some extra help/tutoring over the summer.
One of my kids has been . . . less motivated to do assignments recently, particularly assignments that are not turned in.
One of my kids has taken to throwing outright tantrums when the assigned work is not to their liking (or current strengths).
One of my kids (okay, this one is pretty obvious) is constantly interrupting her older siblings and putting her 2 cents into class zoom meetings.
It is chaotic and while I can hear the commotion, I am usually not in it. Sometimes I am upstairs seeing tele patients. Sometimes I am upstairs in meetings or doing GME work. Today I am recording podcasts, which yes — I recognize, I could have scheduled later in the day, but I didn’t. I had been sort of operating under the assumption that our nanny/the kids could handle things but it’s becoming increasingly clear that they could all use some more help.
The online education is absolutely better than nothing and I commend the teachers for what they have been doing and how flexible they have been (I send them Erin Condren gift cards last week for teacher appreciation!). BUT sadly, it is not an ideal learning environment in many, many homes. Even ours! School at home is also going to increase socioeconomic disparities, with some interesting twists. The “ideal” scenario features:
- A stay-at-home parent who is reasonably tech-savvy
- One child, or at most 2 children
- NO toddlers or babies (or I guess okay if there is a dedicated OTHER child care provider for them)
I am recognizing that I probably should be helping more with schoolwork on my more flexible days. The truth is that I am not excited about adding that to my schedule. But I should. I will. And maybe Josh can too. We have about a month left (last day = June 2).
I agree with so many of you who commented yesterday that the “What Will School Look Like” articles are driving them crazy (they are total clickbait, totally speculative, and very anxiety-provoking). BUT man — I deeply hope that school starts on schedule this fall. Rushed mornings and all. And I am so incredibly grateful for our teachers and the fact that school as a social construct exists.
- Nature Pic
- Name That Movie! (ha)
- South Floridians – to see in the sky tomorrow!
PS: Emily Oster (economist, author and former BOBW guest!) has started a website. I like the non-panicky tone and data-driven angle. Check it out at COVID-19 EXPLAINED