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Hard to believe...


tomcat Plus
9 6.3k 15 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2010 8:25PM
..unless one is there to witness it

...and we moan over a tad of snow and a few degrees minus

Mongolia

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jonah794 5 1.7k 11 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2010 8:33PM
Sheesh... pretty horrible! You are right Sad
User_Removed 11 17.9k 8 Norway
27 Jan 2010 9:10PM
That is horrendous... A million livestock.
27 Jan 2010 9:16PM
Certainly puts things in perspective Adrian, your heart goes out to these poor people.
David
Jay44 9 1.4k Wales
28 Jan 2010 12:32AM
And the fact that our schools close because of 2inches of snow is disgraceful!
Carabosse Plus
12 39.7k 269 England
28 Jan 2010 1:32AM

Quote:And the fact that our schools close because of 2inches of snow is disgraceful!


Most schoolkids would prefer one or even half an inch of snow to be the criterion! Grin
Jestertheclown 6 6.7k 245 England
28 Jan 2010 9:37AM

Quote:And the fact that our schools close because of 2inches of snow is disgraceful!

The head at the school where I work wouldn't normally allow the school to be closed if there was an act of God. But unfortunately when roads become so impassable that teachers and other staff simply can't get there, she has little choice.
Jester.
kaybee 10 4.1k 25 Scotland
28 Jan 2010 11:28AM
How did we ever manage in years gone by?
Kids (and teachers) used to walk when the weather was bad. Classes would be amalgamted if teachers didn't make it
User_Removed 8 2.1k 7 England
28 Jan 2010 11:36AM
The college I work at hadn't closed for snow in 30 years until this year. The problem with walking to college for staff and students is distance. Most of our staff live well outside the town we are in, I am 12 miles away and the students from all over the county.

However, learning doesn't stop. Most colleges use their VLE's to give students work to do while the college is closed. Staff and students can interact via it and work set and marked. So just because a college is closed doesn't mean learning and work stops. Not sure if this happens in schools as much, but certainly in Somerset every school has the ability to work in this way.
Overread 6 4.0k 19 England
28 Jan 2010 11:38AM
Ahh but in those days schools and students were generally a lot closer to each other. 35mins by car (partly down a main road so not all slow backroads) and 20mins by car were the best times to the two schools I went to. I would hate to think how long that would take me to actually walk to. Chances are by the time I arrive it would be time to turn around and head home again.

The idea of having serivces and work close to home has rapidly fallen away and now most people have a commute to get everywhere.
Jestertheclown 6 6.7k 245 England
28 Jan 2010 2:31PM

Quote:How did we ever manage in years gone by?
Kids (and teachers) used to walk when the weather was bad. Classes would be amalgamated if teachers didn't make it


There's a grain of truth in that.

I was at school during that famous winter of 1963 and my school remained open. But as AHobbs has said, it's mostly a mater of distance. All the children where I work do live within walking distance, though many would expire from shock if you suggested it but the teachers have to travel to get there. Many do come in on foot but for most, it's just not possible.

As for amalgamating classes. Whilst in theory it would work, in practice it would fail because the ratio of pupils-to-teachers would be too high, according to the figures passed down to us from the government (who know absolutely everything there is to know about absolutely everything.)

Jester.

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