posted on Aug, 22 2020 @ 12:02 PM
This is a real concern.
Our district is only online right now. We are in a conservative state/county/city and the ONLY thing the teacher has asked us not to be in the room
for is the reading and math testing. But did we obey, NO. We didn't help with the tests but we did look and make sure that what we were asked to not
be in the room for was testing - it was. We sat quietly off camera in the room while the testing took place, it was a real math/reading test. It
was our responsibility as grandparents to make sure what our grandchild was doing online was exactly what we were told it would be.
We grandparents have been rotating "online" schooling with our grandchildren along with a certified teacher tutor. Their mother made a school
schedule we all must follow from 8AM to 3:30 PM. Including art (looking at the masters online and then drawing in their style) ; music (listening to
the masters of classics and reading their biographies). 30 minutes of solo reading book of their choice, handwriting (which is no longer taught at
their level but much needed) - 2 additional reading worksheets and 2 additional math worksheets above the level they are being taught online. Science
using online subscription kits with experiments. Spanish using online learning. Home economics, cooking/sewing/needle work. Then they go to a Ninja
class for PE.
We are getting pretty good at it and if the school stays closed all year, who knows if we will even bother to enroll her in the district online
program, we have learned we can do it ourselves and much much better.
Perhaps next year we will disenroll in public education and with a rotation schedule where each grandparent teaches one day a week and we have hired a
certified teacher who holds our values to teach 2-3 days a week to make sure we are on track. Yes we are fortunate to be able to pay for a private
tutor and science kits and "PE" classes, but the educational benefits are enormous.
If our district made us sign a something saying we could not be in the room during live online work (ONE hour per day - that's it) except for testing
which for the next two weeks is an additional 30 minutes a day, and a few worksheets that take an additional hour to complete. We would withdraw
immediately and do it ourselves, we can easily replace the one hour per day of online instruction offered by our elementary school. Sadly, we are in
a district rated in the top 100 in the nation.
edit on 8/22/20 by The2Billies because: addition