Homeschool in the Age of Wuhan CoV-19: A New Dawn?

We Are All Homeschoolers Now

When politicians decided to shut the schools, they inadvertently opened the eyes of parents and students to the brave new world of homeschooling.

Kids go to school for six-plus hours a day, but a lot of that time is wasted. In most cases, you could run through the lessons in about two hours. Parents are seeing that now.

The pandemic quarantine is showing us that schooling is basically state- or parent-sponsored babysitting with some ABCs, 123s, dodgeball, and the prom thrown in.

This highly credentialed child care costs taxpayers a lot of money. So long as things kept trucking along, most of us were not of the mood to too closely scrutinize these expenses. But now that we’re out the money and have to take care of the kids, reassessment is going to happen.

Public education will survive, of course, but in a reduced capacity. Fewer kids will go and school bonds will become a harder sell. Expensive private schools will also face scrutiny, as the now-poorer parents have seen that they can do this on their own if they so choose. __

Higher Education Particularly Susceptible

The sector of education that is in real trouble is higher education. Costs have gone nothing but up as schools have used the money from student loans to do things like build more buildings, hire an assistant to the assistant to the assistant of the president — basically anything but put that money back into the classrooms.

As tuition has risen steadily, so has unbankruptable student loan debt. It costs a lot of money to go to college these days, even at state schools. When the good times were rolling, enough high school graduates and their parents were willing to chance it to keep academia fat and sassy.

… That will change, and abruptly enough to give administrators whiplash. __ Source

The cult of college has been a very expensive and destructive habit for societies to sustain. Between ruinous levels of student debt and debilitating levels of crippling indoctrination, universities have become one of the three most destructive institutions of modern societies — along with government and mass media.

There are many things that need to change about “higher” education. One of the first things to do is to stop turning students into debt slaves.

Lending to their own students is just one of many routes institutions of higher education could take in the post-COVID-19 world—provided that federal and state governments allow innovations to occur. But if Washington just showers cash on colleges, they will soon be back to business as usual, which means imposing a high cost on the country while failing to turn out high numbers of what the country needs most right now: Emersonian independent thinkers.

… an innovative approach like this, already successfully employed by Hillsdale College, could attract enough new money to fund a pilot program for students with marginal income and credit who otherwise might attend a less-expensive institution, or none at all. Also, most universities can borrow more cheaply than students can, creating a “spread” that could help all three parties—institutional lenders making safe loans at, say, 2 percent, students obtaining loans at a below-market rate of, say, 6 percent, and universities pocketing the difference, minus expenses. __

The education landscape is shifting.

Mike Rowe believes that the coronavirus crisis shows that colleges and universities can offer education at a fraction of the price that it is offered at now.

Rowe, who is perhaps best known as the host of Dirty Jobs, told Fox News host Dana Perino on Tuesday that he felt encouraged about the future of education after sitting through an MIT lecture that has been made available online for free.

“I think that one of the silver linings that might come out of this is that people might become accustomed to not only communicating the way we are right now but truly to learning. I just watched a lecture from MIT last week on this very device. The very same lecture you would pay a lot of money to sit through,” Rowe said during the interview.

“When you look at Harvard, and when you look at William and Mary and Brown and MIT and some of these schools with $40 billion endowments, who are not issuing refunds, by the way, for the canceled courses, you start to realize, what are we really paying for?” Rowe added. __ Source

Elsewhere in Wuhan CoV-19 News

Private sector in US stepping up, including:

Ford, 3M and GE Healthcare are collaborating to increase the production of ventilators and personal protective equipment. The Ford-GE plan is to produce 50,000 ventilators within 100 days and up to 30,000 a month thereafter. With 3M, it will make more than 100,000 face shields per week.

Toyota is using their [North American] facilities to produce face shields and collaborating with medical device companies to speed up manufacturing of vital medical devices. It is also helping local organizations and nonprofits with ‘in-kind’ donations, plus utilizing several of the company’s North American facilities to fabricate face shields while collaborating with medical device companies to speed the manufacture of ventilators, respirators and other vital devices for hospitals.

General Motors is manufacturing respiratory masks and working with Ventec Life Systems to mass produce ventilators.

Fiat Chrysler is manufacturing and donating more than 1 million protective face masks a month.

Honeywell has doubled their production of N95 masks and intends to increase its capacity fivefold within the next 90 days. The firm is also starting another plant in Arizona and will hire 500.

3M doubled their global output of N95 respirator masks and plans to make 100 million a month.

MyPillow has dedicated 75% of its manufacturing to produce up to 50,000 masks a day.

Hanes has agreed to use its manufacturing facilities to help produce medical masks.

Jockey International is producing isolation gowns and donating scrubs to medical workers at the Javits Center in New York. They plan to deliver up to 50,000 gowns a week.

Ralph Lauren announced that they would work with their manufacturing partners to produce masks and isolation gowns.

Brooks Brothers is using its facilities to produce 150,000 masks per day.

Bauer said it will repurpose their factories to begin making face shields.

Under Armour also said it will make 500,000 masks, 1,000 face shields, and thousands of hospital gowns.

HP is utilizing 3D printing to produce equipment.

Facebook donated over 700,000 masks and are working to source millions more to donate.

Apple donated millions of N-95 masks to healthcare professionals and worked with the administration to develop an app to allow users to screen themselves for coronavirus symptoms.

Tesla purchased and donated more than 1,000 ventilators.

SpaceX is making hand sanitizer and face shields for local hospitals.

Lockheed Martin donated use of their corporate aircraft and vehicle fleet for medical supply delivery, and is donating the use of their facilities for crisis-related activities.

Boeing will print 3D face shields for healthcare workers and offer its Dreamlifter aircraft to help coronavirus response efforts.

United Technologies donated 90,000 pieces of personal protective equipment to FEMA, and announced that they will begin to manufacture face shields”

Pernod Ricard is repurposing its spirits production facilities to help produce hand sanitizer.

Anheuser-Busch is working to produce hand sanitizer and has offered its facilities to the American Red Cross to host blood drives as part of a $5 million donation to the group.

Bacardi is producing ethanol required to make hand sanitizer.

Bayer, Novartis, and Teva Pharmaceuticals donated millions of doses of hydroxychloroquine.·

Johnson & Johnson has partnered with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) to commit more than $1 billion to co-fund vaccine research, development, and clinical testing.

Procter & Gamble is ramping up its production capacity for hand sanitizer, and is working to produce face masks.

Medtronic is increasing its production of ventilators, announcing that they are on track to double their capacity to manufacture and supply ventilators.

Multiple healthcare distributors and supply chain companies are collaborating with FEMA as part of “Project Airbridge” to airlift critical medical supplies. The project includes Cardinal Health, Atlas Air, and UPS.

UPS is also deploying protective equipment and test kits throughout the country.

FedEx Express launched a special operation to help the federal government quickly move coronavirus test specimens from over 50 remote drive-thru testing centers across 12 states.

McLane Global Logistics is partnering with USDA to deliver food to children.

Panera Bread is partnering with USDA to serve meals to children throughout Ohio, with plans to expand the program across the country.

Potential vaccine for Wuhan CoV-19 from U. Pittsburgh Medical Center

More on the quest for a cure

China is a skunk among nations:

Besides covering up its epidemic at a time when it would have made all the difference — and continuing to provide false data on its ongoing epidemic — China donated faulty protective equipment and shoddy viral tests to countries in Europe and elsewhere.

Coverups. China has a long history of covering up infectious disease epidemics, such as HIV and SARS. China wanted to shed this reputation, and at one point, the government warned that anyone who covered up SARS-CoV-2 would be “nailed on the pillar of shame for eternity.” That must have been an inside joke. Reverting to true form, whistleblowers were silenced.

Worse than a coverup, China is now trying to re-write history. ProPublica reports that thousands of fake or hijacked Twitter accounts spread disinformation and attack the Chinese government’s political opponents. One official blamed the outbreak on the U.S. military. This is all part of a coordinated effort to deflect blame.

It’s time for the world to face reality: On the global stage, China is at best criminally negligent and at worst a malevolent force. As Shadi Hamid, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute, wrote for The Atlantic: “[T]he relationship with China cannot and should not go back to normal.” __

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