No lengthy rant this time – just some things that I’m extremely tired of:
The news . . .
My general morning protocol has been to get up, “joe up” and check in with the national news.
No more. When something is so oppressively the same — day after day, minute after minute — that the Trumpster is going to say something outrageous and befuddling, then picked apart by CNN and MSNBC, and Fox simply one long infomercial boosting him – it’s beyond tiresome. It simply adds to the depressive effect of the viral lockdown.
So more of the same won’t mean anything. Obviously, everyone planning to vote has made up their minds. And the most tiresome thing of all are the polls, designed to encourage and/or discourage and keep us chewing our nails. What is the point – and who knows whom were actually surveyed (and honest about their responses) – of these “predictions”? None.
In this —‘together’
I’ve pretty much had it with “We’re all in this together” – a summarizing mantra of “expert” interviews — because we’re not. While America has a lengthy history of divisions and uncompromisable hatreds, the past eight months is ranking at the top the divisiveness-and-refusal-to-compromise category.
With science and the pandemic totally politicized, including as simple a thing as wearing a mask or holding a party for several dozens of our best unmasked friends and with culture wars proliferating, the list of things about which we can disagree seems endless.
One can cite the Viet Nam War years as perhaps just as divisive, with its own set of culture conflicts and the war itself costing somewhat more than 50,000 military lives lost.
But that figure is now blown away by the COVID-19 numbers of deaths. And with social media and the opportunity to express to the entire world whatever oddball — or just crazy — thoughts that come to mind, the current divisions are likely to last even longer than the Viet Nam era of conflict.
Even assuming a win by Joe Biden and his promise of togetherness: well, neither the Trumpster’s tweets nor his base are likely to go away.
‘Distance learning’ disgust
I’m tired of the continual moaning and groaning about the inadequacy of distance learning. Yes, of course, when it’s pretty much brand new to teachers, parents, students, it’s not going to work all that well. But they’ll learn – kids do actually learn — just as many businesses are effectively using Zoom to get on with what they do.
And the last few times I was actually dining inside a restaurant, I frequently noted two-year-olds playing (or doing something or other) on some iPad-like device. (As a personal note, I have a special needs grandchild who can do nine or ten more things on a computer than I can — but then I’m a Luddite.)
And if memory serves, face-to-face learning wasn’t always best for everyone, given education’s “duh” mantra that “there are individual differences.” Apart from the advantage of the learning “pods” (for those who can afford them), the virtual process essentially puts every kid on the same level to do the homework and get feedback. That’s not always the case with face-to-face instruction where a teacher’s preference is often for the loudest mouth and highest raised hand in the class.
Also to note: the large majority of future workers will likely do most of their work with a computer or some other type of screen. So there may be no better preparation for that than distance learning.
Yes, of course, we have to have some face-to-face interaction, but the continual moaning and groaning about the virtual approach doesn’t help us move forward. It’s tiresome.
We are fairly new residents of California, relocating from South Florida and happily thinking we had escaped from its seven-month-of-the-year 90 degree-plus heat (which is never ever dry). And every time we mentioned to neighbors our new port of call (seems everyone has either lived in or near or visited San Diego), we were told, No. 1, about the “great weather.”
So, yes, we’re tired of 1) the heat, and 2) having to explain that we didn’t bring it from Florida.