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    The Education Thread

    Grade inflation to boost students' chances of getting university offers is a huge problem and your principal should indeed know better. I'm the university admissions' counselor at my school and the pressure to get students multiple offers from good universities is extremely intense, but it must be balanced with protecting the students and the school's reputation. Many universities actually do keep track of grade inflation and factor it into their admissions' decisions. Here's an article about how the University of Waterloo in Ontario has been doing that, much to the detriment of the students from the secondary schools flagged by the uni: https://globalnews.ca/news/4405495/waterloo-engineering-grade-inflation-list/ What platforms are you using, Tony? My school in Shenzhen has been teaching online for about a month now and we've been using a combination of Wechat for attendance and class messages , Zoom for online lessons/activities/discussions, and Managebac for assignments (don't know if your school has a license for it or not). Our grade 12s normally taking blended online classes through Moodle, so we transitioned with them relatively easily to going fully online. Zoom has worked really well so far but you do need to be judicious about making sure the students cameras and mics are on at all times so you can monitor if they are paying attention or not. I have 15 students in one class and can oversee all of their windows at once. It was definitely a learning curve at first for everyone, however after a few days we settled into a smooth rhythm, and the kids have been very good about complying with our online classroom management techniques. Our parents have also been very supportive with making sure the students are participating as fully as possible. And yes!...being able to cover the allotted class time requirements online (each of our secondary school courses must be 110 hours in length according to the Ministry of Ed.) definitely means less make-up time in the summer. 加油 my friend...I'm sure it will go well this week!
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    Fourth Quarter 2019 Reading

    Thanks for drawing my attention to this Ilya. I downloaded it on my Kindle and despite the formatting issues and lack of overall editing you mentioned, found it a fascinating read. I have been a big Bioware from the beginning and somewhere tucked away still have my Baldur's Gate CDs in good condition . I teach high school business management and think the eBook would be a great primer on how the interplay between particularly strong (or not so strong) personalities can truly affect how businesses actually operate.
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    R,I.P. Thread

    Sad about David Ogden Stiers - he was a really versatile actor and did great voice-over work. I still listen/watch the intro to Icewind Dale from time to time just to hear his voice and awesome background music.
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    Official Blatant but Honest Self Promotion Thread

    Hey, I read your prologue and the first few chapters, and enjoyed it overall. By no means am I an accomplished writer but I'd like to offer the following feedback: 1) Watch your spelling and word usage - for example, it's "faint", not "feint", stifled is not a great negatory verb for seeing (maybe blinded?), etc. You want to be taken seriously as a writer so make sure you avoid easily-correctable errors like that to establish your credibility. 2) You have WAY too much background information (ie. infodump) for the prologue. I found myself immediately confused about the places and people you mentioned in such a short space. Remember: your world-building may be complete in your mind, but you need to introduce it to your readers in digestible chunks. Your final draft might have a glossary, map and timeline, but I don't want to be referring to it exhaustively in the first few pages. I really liked the twist at the end of the prologue and wanted to read more about you-know-who's motives. Don't detract from establishing good hooks such as that by overwhelming your readers with information. 3) Some logic/continuity issues: if the wind is so strong, how can Mordin hear Merrik if he's mumbling his answers? Could a single log on fire illuminate armoured marching men so far away that you describe it as an "abyss". 4) Repetition: I don't think you need to have Merrik constantly complaining about how cold it is on sentry duty. I get the point that he's not a great guard and thinks more with his stomach and being warm, but it's a lot of commentary for a short prologue. 5) Similar to 2) - Show, don't tell - for the rest of the chapters try to find a way to cut down on the exposition. You're trying to set up the story of a bunch of rough-and-tumble characters, but it's jarring to switch between pages of history and the dialogue of your characters. Aside from that, I really did like what I've read of your story so far. You created a vibrant and violent world that believably lends itself to Jamie's plot arc and character development.