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Monday, September 21, 2020

To its backers, Prenda microschools represents a "return to the one-room schoolhouse" of the past, empowering parents to educate their children in intimate settings away from the cruel public-school bureaucracy.



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A few weeks ago, I was called a "monster" for suggesting that teachers may lose their jobs if they don't go back to the classroom. I was not advocating that they lose their jobs just suggesting that innovation, technology and need would combine to reduce the importance of face-to-face teacher/student contact which could result in the loss of teacher jobs.

Remote learning with the student staying at home is not a viable solution because parents can't leave their children at home alone while they go out and earn a living. And what do you know: along comes Prenda to fill the gap.

I do not advocate Prenda but, with some enhancements (i.e. require more training, accountability, background checks, certifications, etc. on the part of guides), the "concept" of Prenda could be a platform to build on. In fact, un-employed teachers with children of their own could become guides for children similar in age to their own. While the teacher is instructing their own child(ren), they could be instructing other children.

A major question to be answered is where to get the content that would be used to "guide" the students. Answer: the school system could have teachers make a video their classes and make those videos available to the "guides".

Teachers won't like the concept of Prenda; there is no security, no union, no pension, etc. They would become just another cog in the gig economy. But, if we can't get back to face-to-face teacher/student interaction, something akin to Prenda could be in our future.

Recent guidance from the CDC indicates that 6 feet is not enough distance between people in an indoor situation to prevent the spread of the virus. The only way out of this pandemic is an accurate, rapid (i.e. a few minutes or less), cheap and easy to administer test. People, in large numbers, will not take any vaccine authorized by Trump administration officials until it becomes obvious that it is safe and effective. So, alternatives to large gatherings that will allow people with school age children to get back to work may be with us for a while.

#1 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2020-09-21 07:29 AM | Reply

Anyone can start a Prenda microschool of five to 10 students. And no certification or degree is required to be a "guide"

What could possibly go wrong?

Not to mention no benefit of scale.

I have 5 friends that are teachers. The demands on them, just because they were doing viturual zoom teaching, was not less, but more. The interaction with the students was more not less. A "guide" (no bacground check? Are you serious?) either can help somewhat with that or hinder it immensely. Can you imagine a "guide" that's a born-again "Earth is 10,000 years old" not interferring with a Science class?

So proposes to have a for-profit company offering 'space' and 'child care' for a fee, and the teachers still have to teach. I don't see any cost reduction. You might as well just build schools as a whole bunch of stand-alone classrooms each with their own bathrooms, or limited sharing with a small group of "pods" with cleaning, in fenced areas so the students can't interact outside their "pod."

Don't get me wrong, we're going to have to have solutions and we're going to have to rethink things, and a lot of good can come from it, but there needs to be some basic rules established up front, IMHO.

#2 | Posted by YAV at 2020-09-21 08:21 AM | Reply

I read more of the article. It's worse than I thought. It takes money away from schools, the "guides" are playing the role of teachers, so there are no actual teachers, and relys on the kids to naviage through "cheap online lesson plans."


#3 | Posted by YAV at 2020-09-21 08:25 AM | Reply

"I love the poorly educated"

#4 | Posted by qcp at 2020-09-21 09:35 AM | Reply

By the way, FedupwithPols, I really enjoyed your story on CAHOOTS and I didn't post on that thread. I meant to say something.

#5 | Posted by YAV at 2020-09-21 11:14 AM | Reply

It's basically homeschooling with extra kids in the room.

#6 | Posted by kwrx25 at 2020-09-21 01:14 PM | Reply

Prenda allows a normal person to run a school," Enrollment Director Rachelle Gibson says in one of the company's numerous online videos.

That's a seriously scary thought.

Congrats, Repubs, your greed and stupidity are going to ensure the downfall of the US in its entirety.

#7 | Posted by jpw at 2020-09-21 01:53 PM | Reply

More War on Education.... which creates more under-educated Republican voters.

It's quite the strategery.

#8 | Posted by Corky at 2020-09-21 02:01 PM | Reply

Betsy DeVos.

Doing her best to destroy Public Education.

#9 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-09-21 02:21 PM | Reply

And this is how the American empire crumbles.

#10 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-09-21 02:46 PM | Reply

This model of Gig education has lots of problems. But K-12 and University need to change a lot.

Universities that offer online courses better be cheap or excellent, no other option will survive the education marketplace. Online University may cost the same to deliver, but it isn't worth as much without the social aspect. Students won't pay the same for less value.

K-12 is basically daycare with education on the side. Online K-12 does not provide one of its key values. Something has to give. Teachers providing on-line only education will be replaced by teachers living in low cost areas as they will be able to take the pay cut equivalent to their service value drop.

#11 | Posted by bored at 2020-09-21 04:20 PM | Reply

Home schooling is one thing. Unlicensed teachers creating "microschools" is quite another.
Do the "guides" get paid? How are they vetted for criminal activity?
I may get in a car with an uber or rent a room in an airB&B but giving the education of
My children over to some unlicensed teacher is way beyond my use of a driver and a motel as a business model.
Another scam to suck government money from the big "covid" pot.

#12 | Posted by randomcanyon at 2020-09-22 10:23 AM | Reply


Folks who aren't teachers, but act that way? Getting real money from the government? No vetting of the 'guides' and little control of curriculum or content? Having one's children show up at a strangers house, for some sort of classroom setting? This is all kinds of crazy stupid.

Here in Okiehomie the state allows youngsters old enough to drive to be taught in a classroom setting, or by mom and/or dad. Results show that there is a high percentage of bad drivers on Oklahoma roads. The conclusion--parents, to a very high degree, should not be teaching their children, or the children of others...

#13 | Posted by catdog at 2020-09-22 05:01 PM | Reply

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