A Gap Year for Everybody

There is no such thing as online learning for children. Placing children in front of screens for hours a day constitutes child abuse. There is absolutely no pedagogical rationale to doing that to children. If screen-free teaching can’t be offered because of COVID concerns, schooling should be canceled completely until schools can be safely reopened. The money that goes to maintain public schools should be refunded to the taxpayers.

Obviously, mothers will be screwed but they are screwed either way.

Making children sit in front of screens shouldn’t be an option at all.

Life expectancy is long so who cares if kids graduate high school at 19 and not 18? I’m completely serious.

7 thoughts on “A Gap Year for Everybody”

  1. Totally agree. The gymnastics people are going to have to jump through to go to University and School is just ridiculous. A year off should definitely be on the table.

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  2. Interesting idea, and I agree with you, but schools must open. I cannot bear living in a world where everything is open but schools.

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      1. My school district is dividing the students in 2 cohorts and alternating at school and virtual instruction weekly. I don’t know how this helpful to anyone.

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  3. Education is so comical here that a gap year K-8 will make no difference at all. I can take care of math education, which is the only subject where a lack of early foundation prevents later remediation. All the other subjects are taught so haphazardly, without rhyme or reason, that there isn’t anything there the kids will truly miss, content-wise. When I see how science is taught, random factoids and topics just dropped willy-nilly without any attempts to teach kids the overarching principles, likely because the teachers themselves don’t have a background in or much appreciation for science, it makes me want to pull my hair out. And I’m in a state and city with excellent (!) public schools.

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    1. I leafed through a friend’s teenager’s textbooks, and that’s exactly the feeling I got. It was a jumble of pretty random stuff, and I couldn’t figure out why it was all brought together in this way.

      I won’t even go into how Spanish is taught in the highest rated school in the region. It was a very bizarre experience. But it explained a lot.

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