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Letters for Thursday, March 25, 2021

It’s not to late to try something new with school scheduling

School has been around and required since the 1600s. It has many changes throughout time. From segregated, to different age groups, private schools, religious schools, and now, online schools. However, it has always been a topic to talk about, the calendar. Students, teachers, and staff must be tired of having the same school schedule every year. Maybe they want a break, or something new to their many years enrolling in education. In today’s society, schools should start looking to change their calendars based on what their students want.

Since this topic is not new to schools, the idea of the multi-track system must have come up now and then. The multi-track system can choose how many days students should go to school before taking a break. For example, 60/20. Which means going to school for a consecutive 60 days, then receiving a 20 day break and then repeating that. According to the California Department of Education: Year-Round Education Guide, the advantage of this system is that it can expand the seating capacity of a school facility. “… if a school with a seating capacity of 1,000 uses a four-track system, it could potentially enroll 1,333 students, increasing its capacity by 33 percent” (CDE). By using this system, the school could have more students enroll which would give the school more money and other benefits. The multi-track system is one of many ideas for school’s calendar systems.

Another idea is letting the student and their parents choose the child’s schooling system. Dr. Maria Montessori, wrote her famous Dr. Montessori’s Own Handbook: Freedom. It states that “It is necessary for the teacher to guide the child without letting him feel her presence too much, so that she may be always ready to supply desired help, but may never be the obstacle between the child and his experience” (Dr. Montessori). What Dr. Montessori was trying to say is that she believes it is best that teachers should let the students be more independent and self-directed learners, instead of depending on their teacher so much. With this in the school system, the school calendars might shorten depending on how fast students are learning. If they were to learn everything they need to know shorter than the usual length of a school year, they might be able to have a longer break with occasional checkups. Although, most of these ideas are from student and parent perspectives. It’s important to know what the teachers are also thinking.

In the writing A Teacher’s Perspective, by Lorena Thomas gives her intake on school calendars as a teacher. In her writing, she stated that “And this may be a selfish reason, but financially year-round schooling is easier on teachers as well” (Lorena Thomas). Thomas believes that school calendars should stay traditional, the way they are now. Plus, she mentions that with shorter breaks, kids remember more. It is understandable why as a teacher she thinks this way, but not all students enjoy going to school for a long period of time. As a student, schooling does get tiring. After years and years of writing, reading, calculating, it’s all just too much at times. Students enjoy their breaks. Students’ opinions should be on the top of the list.

In today’s society, schools should start looking to change their calendars based on what their students want. Whether it’s the multi-track system based on the students’ opinions or up to the parents and the student choosing how they want to go through their education. And, since students enjoy their breaks, year-round schooling should be out of the question. Even though it might be hard to change school calendars now, it is never too late to try something new.

Kyrie Linoz, Hanapepe

Pandemic Socio-Politico Pop Quiz

(graded on a curve)

I really:

1. Love the tourists, they bring business.

2. Hate the tourists: gridlocked traffic.

3. Don’t care two cents about the tourists.

4. All of the above.

5. Wait a minute, you can’t say all of the above.

6. I can say whatever I want, it’s my letter.

7. Get me a gin and tonic.

The COVID-19 vaccine is:

1. Wonderful. God’s gift to humanity.

2. Garbage medicine. I wouldn’t touch it with a ten foot pole.

3. If Bill Gates and the medical establishment says it’s ok, then it’s okay by me.

4. Who cares what Bill Gates thinks, when did he become a medical authority?

5. All of the above.

6. This gin and tonic tastes great.

Dr. Anthony Fauci:

1. Knows what is best to do for all of us.

2. Looks chill in his Speedos.

3. Is a total idiot, who dodges legitimate questions about the pandemic.

4. All of the above.

5. I am working on my third gin and tonic.

After enough people get the vaccine:

1. We can all go back to normal.

2. The vaccine program will be shut down due to massive reporting of serious side effects.

3. The CDC will withdraw the vaccine stating that its status was experimental anyway.

4. Working on the fifth one now, feeling pretty good.

We will know it is an intentional pandemic when:

1. The end result is serious, permanent loss of individual freedoms.

2. Banking becomes entirely cashless.

3. Vaccine documents are required for almost all activities.

4. People’s fears are played upon requiring repeat vaccinations.

5. Just threw up, feel woozy.

The government has the power to:

1. Shut down travel as they see fit.

2. Dictate medical policy.

3. Shut down businesses as they see fit.

4. Are you kidding? Totalitarian governments have the power to do this, not democratic ones. States which didn’t shut down (i.e. South Dakota) came about the same. So there.

5. No more gin for me, ever.

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Okay, here are the correct answers: last one for each question.

Molly Jones,

Kealia

14 Comments
  1. Mark March 25, 2021 3:50 am Reply

    The Ono family restaurant. Expensive but great pancakes. Traditional first morning ritual for us. Every year, stand in line in the rutted parking lot waiting to get a table. Same faces working the tables and till. Not unfriendly just swamped with tourists. Same grumpy old dude sitting against the wall in back. I never wait for a table at home, if there is a line we split and go somewhere else. But this is Kauai and our first morning and we love the Ono family restaurant. I remember one year, my baby girl is maybe 4 or five, we get a table not far from the back where the old dude is sitting weaving a grass hat. He has a look of annoyance just like always. I get it, he’s been around dealing with tourists families for a really long time . My daughter and I watch him weave the grass hat. She tells me she likes the hat and wishes to put it on just because she’s fascinated by it. As we wait for breakfast I get up and respectfully approach the old man. I am embarrassed by thoughtless tourists making asses out of themselves talking to locals with condescending voices . I tell the old man that my daughter and I think his hat is beautiful. He continues to work on the hat his eye briefly leaving his project and looks at me momentarily. It is a subtle but appreciative acknowledgement. I return to my seat. We eat our wonderful breakfast of banana pancakes with nuts and maple syrup. Top button on my shorts now unbuttoned I get the check finish my coffee and all of us stand to leave . We never linger because so many families are patiently waiting to sit. At the register I pay the check leave a huge tip and tell the woman taking my money how much we love the place. As I turn to leave I see the old man approaching us. He has finished the hat. I can’t remember what he said but he placed the hat on my babies head. It was a moment my family shall never forget. In that instant I knew it would be part of our history. That grumpy old dude and the Ono family restaurant is now and will forever be Kauai for me. We still have the hat.


  2. Uncleaina March 25, 2021 6:10 am Reply

    Please stop publishing these same lame letters from Molly. We’ve heard her opinions every few weeks and they’ve never been funny. Pau already


  3. Wailua Girl March 25, 2021 6:57 am Reply

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME, another of Molly Jones’s useless “quizzes?” She has way too much free time on her hands, please please please publish something besides her nonsense.


  4. Rev Dr Malama March 25, 2021 8:21 am Reply

    I guess the pop quiz is sophisticated beyond my comprehension…. or my sobriety is worth ignoring the alcoholic suggestions for using substances!
    Either way, I will recommend AA, NA programs because they work!
    Good luck with staying honest and true to your selves!


  5. Edwin Kennedy March 25, 2021 9:15 am Reply

    Bread. Such a beautiful and possibly nutritious staple providing opportunities to send off a working man/ woman or schoolchild on their way with a high calorie delight full of last nights leftover meat, avocado and tomatoe or everyones favorite peanut butter and jelly.
    Kauai is such a forward thinking community some of who are business minded individules with resources to launch a major endevour to assist the neighbors of Oahu while creating a positive spread sheet.
    Loves bread company has closed its doors leaving the bread supply coming daily in the form of mainland shipped frozen un-delicacy opening an opportunity to change the system. 1 loaf of gluten full air filled white bread is maybe equal to a couple slices of quality spelt flour, flax and other seed induced slices nutritionally and calorically speaking. Most likely better. Actually definately from a non scientific person.
    So, would any person or entity care to research the void and become the Bill Gates of Hawaiian Bread and earn some bread.
    No problems, only solutions.


    1. Wailua auntie March 25, 2021 7:43 pm Reply

      I am surprised that no one has come forward to rescue Love’s Bakery.
      If there really is no government money available to keep our traditional bakery open,
      then what about help from Mark Zuckerberg and Pricilla Chan ?
      It would not be a sacrifice for them to arrange a way to preserve Love’s Bakery, so why are they MIA ?


      1. Ignorance March 26, 2021 4:57 am Reply

        The Zuckerbergs have set up funding during various weather disasters and health (covid) crisis. They assisted with covid work placement program, 2018 Flood funding, etc. Loves Bakery is not an emergency. Perhaps educate yourself before suggesting the Zuckerbergs do something. They are not MIA.


  6. Kaaona Kipuka March 25, 2021 10:41 am Reply

    Say no to drugs kids… SMH, another slow news day at TGi I guess…


  7. nothings free March 25, 2021 12:45 pm Reply

    Thank you Molly for your letters! Of course, there will be push back from those liberals who never grew up, but for everyone else your presentation of completely opposite and different views on current sensitive subjects is refreshing! Those who are negative about your clever presentation are nothing more than left leaning losers whose only happiness is found in a joint, bong, or bottle. Our new Society’s lowest common denominator.


  8. truth be known March 25, 2021 3:54 pm Reply

    Thank you Molly for your engaging satire. The truth is there for everyone to see if only they had better eyes.


  9. Payback March 25, 2021 4:19 pm Reply

    There was a girl named Molly Jones
    A privileged one who whines and moans
    And rather than help less fortunate ones
    She selfishly sits on her buns

    Assuring us she has the “facts”
    The she got from some Youtube quacks
    She drinks with all that time to waste
    Then passes out from being faced.


  10. Wailua auntie March 25, 2021 7:07 pm Reply

    Molly, Thank you so much for your contribution today.
    I really enjoyed having something to laugh about tonight –
    loved your witty letter. You take care.


  11. RGLadder37 March 25, 2021 7:53 pm Reply

    You’re a medical practitioner. Molly Jones. Did they make the vaccines, any one of them, advisable for the general public to go and just take the vaccine? Or do they recommend that you see a doctor first before taking it?


  12. Just Remember March 25, 2021 11:38 pm Reply

    Molly your super cool letters…brilliant, in fact i’m gonna quit the Vaccine Suicide Cult, right now…!

    i’m going all natural, gonna rely on my own strength…not some untested, mystery sauce…!


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