For this assignment you need to read this article: “October Can't Come Soon Enough” Posted by Dr. JRN and then you need TO READ and RESPOND the post of my classmate “Ty’Era Cherry
So it sounded like Donald Trump has, repeatedly, told his followers to vote twice. More police officers were charged with killing black men, such as Daniel Prude. An article in The Atlantic reports that the Commander in Chief didn't know who the US fought with in World War I, didn't know why anyone would join the US military, referred to those who did as "suckers," allegedly referred to military members who died as "losers" and refused to visit a WWI US cemetery in France fearing the bad weather would mess up his hair. There's a new doctor in charge of the White House's COVID response. His name is Scott Atlas and his specialty is radiology. Yes, like MRI and CAT scans. He has no background in infectious diseases. He does have a background on speaking negatively about wearing masks and social distancing on the FOX network. He thinks people should catch the virus, get sick. Get immune (if they survive). It's called "herd immunity."And those are just a few things that have happened in the last 72 hours.
This is the end of week 2 of the 100% online (to date) Fall semester. Smooth as a baby's bottom. No hiccups. Of course, I've been offering classes online since 2006 so this isn't new to me. New, however, and unanticipated nonetheless, to many of my on-campus students who suddenly find themselves as online students. The plan was to start the semester 100% online, then move back to campus the week of October 4th, provided the numbers are down.
The numbers are down because testing is down, yet the fatalities are rising. Locally and nationally. There are 1,411 deaths as of September 4th in Houston and 188,000 deaths in the US. By the way, Trump did call for Obama to resign during the Ebola pandemic. Three Americans died during that pandemic. 3.
My on-campus students cannot wait for October. Neither can I. I have three on-campus classes. In those three classes 100% of the students have voiced their desire to return to the classroom. The problem, however, is that only nine (9) students will be allowed to attend class. The rest will have to log in. Not unlike what they are doing now but instead of me doing my shtick at home, I will be in the limelight in my classroom. And then, in a method that has yet to be determined, those who were online would be able to be in person the next time we meet. The on-campus classes are limited to 18 students, and as the rooms will be limited to nine students, then it makes sense that half of the class will be in person on the first day we meet and the other half will be in person the second day we meet.
Of course, life is not that simple. There will be times in which students are sick, have to work, take their kids to appointments, and for whatever reason miss "their turn" at coming to campus. So what will be the procedure then? The college is hammering out all of that and will announce the procedure soon, I presume, in order to allow everyone time to adjust to the new order of doing things. If all goes according to plan, we will return to campus four weeks from this Monday -Labor Day.