For several weeks now, I have been spending most of my time helping my wife take care of her 95-year-old father, who is in serious decline. I keep thinking that we will stabilize him, and that I will have more time again for making tutorials, organizing textbook replacement projects, getting software packaged for Sugar, and so on, but it isn’t happening, and I don’t think it will happen soon.
Taking care of Tom is important and valuable work that will have to take priority for now. I will write again when I get the chance.
For now, I will just leave you with a note relating to my recent post, One Censor Per Child.
By DAVID A. LIEB, Associated Press
A new Missouri law prohibiting teachers from having private online conversations with students suffered a double setback Friday. First, a judge blocked it from taking effect because of free speech concerns. Then the governor called for its repeal.
Kudos to Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem and to Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon. Even the Republican sponsor of the bill says it went too far.
Republican state Sen. Jane Cunningham, who sponsored the measure, said she already has been working with education groups on a potential compromise that would repeal the existing law and replace it with a less-specific requirement for local school districts to develop policies about teacher-student communications. Cunningham said it’s important to make the change as soon as possible.