Posted On: Wednesday - September 22nd 2021 10:54AM MST
In Topics:   Educational Stupidity  Kung Flu Stupidity
From yesterday's foreboding post about it, we move on to the lighter side of the Kung Flu PanicFest. Don't get me wrong, this is still stupid, but it's on the lighter side.
They've got a room at the music school near us for kids to have group piano lessons. We wanted our boy to try that after a couple of years of private instruction. I can remember from his having a private lesson in one of those rooms that the pianos were packed in there, one next to each other, and another row back to back with these. I couldn't remember if it were 5 pianos wide or 6 (hence, 10 or 12 pianos).
Parents don't stay during the lessons, but I saw only a few other students come in and then, an hour later, come out.
"There weren't very many kids there today. How many usually come?".
"Yeah, but I thought for sure there were more pianos than that, 10 or 12 of them, right?"
"Yeah, but there are not kids at every other one due to the social distancing [crap]*."
"Yeah, OK, 6 ft, right, aren't these pianos wide enough?"
"I guess not."
We were about the measure our piano, but pulling out the tablet was quicker than grabbing the tape measure. Also, I wanted to find out if they varied a good bit.** I gathered from a quick search that that they are all around 58 to 60 inches, so around 5 ft.
"Wait, one kid could sit on one end of his, and the next kid ..." Besides the major technique problem I could foresee, I explained quickly why this wouldn't work. "What about the next kid? Think center to center." He understood his mistake right then, but the stupidity remains with the piano school.
This means they need twice the room time and twice the teacher time, all for a measly 1 ft! Not only that, but there is plexiglass between the pianos! Who do you gotta know at the CDC to get a waiver?
* He probably didn't say "crap", but he has gotten the negative attitude about the PanicFest pretty well internalized.
** Not the keyboard portion, of course, but whatever material on the ends.