Fandango’s Provocative Question #104

Today’s provocative question is about formal education. We all have our opinions on how best to educate and prepare our children to succeed in today’s highly complex world. So this begs the question:

What do you think is the one subject (or thing) that should be taught in school that isn’t?

To participate go to Fandango’s blog: https://fivedotoh.com/2021/01/13/fandangos-provocative-question-104/

I don’t know if I can limit my answer to only one thing…but there are two things that come to mind immediately. My idea comes from working with students in all grades, especially those in high school who are supposedly becoming adults when they leave.
1. Cursive: Most US schools no longer have cursive in their curriculum. Kids need to know how to sign their names. Isn’t that still the legal expectation? It not only provides this ability it also helps dexterity and fine motor skills that don’t include buttons.
2. Reality: Kids grow up having no clue what reality is. Many believe working is optional, learning is intrinsic, and whatever they think is correct. Kids need true doses of reality. No one is going to like you just because you look like someone likeable. No one is going to give you free things just because they want to. No one is obligated to take care of you when you are old enough to care for yourself. No one is obligated to treat you kindly if you are going to be a jerk. I could go on and on and on………

Fandango’s Provocative Question #92

Fandango wants to know: https://fivedotoh.com/2020/10/21/fandangos-provocative-question-92/
Do you blog anonymously? Why or why not?

I had thought about this not only when starting my blog but also throughout this whole time of being an active blogger. I do not blog anonymously. I guess I don’t because when I started this whole blogging experience it was around losing my husband and my son. I didn’t really know what blogging was beyond “telling your story”. As time went on, I started enjoying all of the challenges and different forms of writing. I think what I write would not insult anyone, so why change now.

On the subject of anonymity, I don’t always tell readers where in the US I live. I guess if someone reads enough of my posts they probably know. Unfortunately, with Google and whoever knows what else, anyone could drive up to my door and I would never know how they found me.

I respect whatever anyone chooses but I do have to admit, I am more curious than a cat and it kills me a little (just joking, but sort of) to not know who people really are.

Fandango’s provocative Question

If you could choose anyone, past or present, and walk that proverbial mile in his or her shoes, who would you choose, and why would you choose that person? https://fivedotoh.com/2020/05/20/fandangos-provocative-question-70/

This is going to sound so cliche but Mother Teresa.

I love the work that she did but mostly I love that everywhere she went everyone knew she was there to do good. No matter where she went she gave a good feeling. On top of that she traveled to so many places!

If I could go back and rewalk in my own shoes (please don’t take into consideration my children or late husband) I would have joined something like the Peace Corps and traveled to help people. There are supposedly missions that anyone can still participate in but how do you do it now? I don’t worry so much about my daughter because she would travel to see me wherever I went, but I couldn’t leave my dad or Laurette. Laurette too would travel with me; her own grandmother traveled well into her 90’s. My dad hates flying and now with the dementia if he is away from home and not somewhere familiar (like Publix or Walgreens) he starts to panic.

That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #68

Do you think it’s premature for states to be lifting the stay-at-home, shelter-in-place, and social distancing restrictions? Or do you believe that it’s about time they were rescinded? Once they are removed, how quickly are you likely to resume living your life as you did in the pre-pandemic days? https://fivedotoh.com/2020/05/06/fandangos-provocative-question-68/

I think that people need to get out and about. I am worried about the people who are home alone, perhaps with increasing depression, not getting enough sunlight and fresh air. I think that there still has to be some precautions, like distancing, but I think it has to be open a bit. My fear with the fact that only some states are doing the openings it is going to draw people from far away to come because they want to be outside. It would be better for everyone if the entire country did the same thing. This way people are going in hoards to one place.

The other day on the news they showed everyone down in Washington in the mall watching the planes flying over. Well, it seems like everyone is in an uproar that so many people were there. Part of me thinks, hello, it is outside. If the virus is floating in the air you can get it just walking by. But does that mean no one even goes outside?

I think we should, as a country, open slowly, each state the same time, the same way, so that it can be followed more consistently. When this whole thing started I was in Florida and when I talked about the virus everyone said I was panicking out of control. At that time New York and Washington State were taking it seriously but Florida wasn’t. It was a couple of weeks until Florida took it seriously. We need to come together as a country, not fight about who is right and who is wrong.

My daughter has been living with her roommates and they have their friends over, They have the same group everyday. I think that her and her friends are probably building up an immunity that everyone who is staying isolated is not.

This is all my opinion.