Not New

“Yes, but what are we supposed to do if a student gets COVID?” ask professors who want a lockdown. “They will fall behind!”

The quarantine is five days. Five. Students have gotten sick and missed class forever. It was never a problem until now.

People are pretending that these are completely new, insurmountable obstacles. And that’s nuts. I’m tired of hearing lists of utterly unremarkable symptoms described in hushed tones as if nobody ever got a scratchy throat until now.

Last semester I had one student who had COVID. She missed two days of class. Ooh, what a horror. Let’s lock down forever to prevent this terrible tragedy.

6 thoughts on “Not New

  1. Happy my family of 4 got COVID for Christmas. The adult male had it the worst – couple days of aches and fever, terrible headache and some fatigue for a couple days. I know a vaxxed person sick a week before. is still sick.

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  2. The most important lesson that I learned through involvement with politics is that most people often process information backwards.

    The right way to make a decision is to do something like ask yourself what the question or issue is, followed by finding relevant facts, weighing and assessing them, then arriving at a conclusion in a logical way based on that assessment.

    The backwards way to do it is to make a decision first and then find facts to support that decision, along with filtering out or avoiding any facts that cause conflict or feelings of unpleasantness etc.

    In my experience, the more afraid or angry or generally emotional a person is about something, the more likely they are to do it backwards.

    That is why, imo, most people should avoid talking about anything to do with covid on the internet, since most people have already decided on everything and are only there for confirmation or to take out their frustration on someone.

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    1. “The right way to make a decision is to do something like ask yourself what the question or issue is, followed by finding relevant facts, weighing and assessing them….
      The backwards way to do it is to make a decision first and then find facts to support that decision”

      Inductive vs deductive reasoning!

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      1. “Inductive vs deductive reasoning!”

        I have never heard of that before today, and am considered very well educated. My university education was clearly a scam.

        Thankyou for mentioning it so that I can remedy the shortcoming.

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        1. “My university education was clearly a scam”

          No worse than mine (it was never mentioned in lectures I only grasped the difference through reading on my own where it explained the decline into irrelevance of the field I was in). Deductive reasoning has a place but it makes lousy starting point…

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  3. “They will fall behind!”

    I was just talking the other day with a student who was dreadfully afraid that their bout with covid (rather like mine the isolation being worse than the illness) had put them too far behind in my class.
    I told them to relax, it’s a year long course and there’s plenty of time to catch up (and gave them a quick assignment toward that end).

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