Day 5: To video or not to video call

So I discovered that reflecting on certain parts of one’s practice and situation is unprofessional. However, as a blog is essentially a diary, and mine has been here for years, I shall press on with thinking critically about the world around me – who knows, this might end up being my only remaining presence should, erm … the protomolecule get the better of me and other Belters.

These daily posts are therefore “a set of free-floating instructions designed to adapt to and guide other replicating systems”.

According to Martian Congressional Republic (MCR) ” Home schooling allows parents/carers to choose to educate their children at home while distance
education provides schooling for students who are unable to access a local government school”

It seems that preparations are being made towards the latter, as there is no indication that students will be un-enrolled by parents from the MCR.

The MCR also says “Full-time enrollment in distance education is available to students who are isolated or whose special circumstances prevent them from attending a school or another appropriate local provision. ”

This all assumes that the student is indeed placed within the ‘distance education’ domain and associated governance. This requires MCR paper-work and removes the student from their current MCR school.

The MCR might also need parents to sign a statutory declaration to ensure the student is actually following the program of study – regardless of the whether the protomolecule has taken over the populus.

There are some other factors that will determine whether or not the student is eligible for MCR Distance Ed.

  • the student’s educational and/or well being needs cannot be met by a regular school with access to school, local and state resources
  • the distance education school is the most appropriate option
  • suitable supervision of the student’s learning during school hours can be established
  • a risk assessment/management plan has been developed that takes into account the specific circumstances of the isolated learning and attests to the safety and suitability of the home or other location in which learning will take place.

The last one is a problem for us Belters’ if we are faced with the protomolecule – how do we know a home is safe and contagion free to study. If the student is isolated and is sick then they cannot meet the MCR criteria.

 

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