Parents and kids hate online learning, but they could face more of it

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In his suburban New Jersey home-turned-classroom this spring, parent Don Seaman quickly found himself in the role of household vice principal.

While his wife holed up in the bedroom to work each day, Seaman, a media and marketing professional, worked from the family room where he could supervise his children’s virtual learning. A similar scene played out in millions of American homes after schools shuttered and moved classes online to contain the coronavirus.

Now that the year’s over, Seaman has strong feelings about the experience: Despite the best efforts of teachers, virtual learning didn’t work. At least not uniformly, if his three children in elementary, middle and high school are any indication.

“The older kids were saying ‘This is hell,'” Seaman said. “My kids feel isolated, and they can’t keep up, and they’re struggling with it.”

But like it or not, remote instruction and virtual learning are likely to continue

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we answer 6 common face mask problems

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Face coverings are now mandatory on public transport in England, to slow the spread of coronavirus as things start to come back to normal. But wearing a face mask presents a couple of annoying problems: taking a sip of water on a hot train is tricky, as is keeping your make-up neat underneath. Read on below for some answers.

How to stop your glasses steaming up

Wearing a mask can cover more than your nose and mouth: water vapour from your breath can get funnelled upwards and cloud your glasses, making it difficult to see. 

Alisdair Buchanan, the owner of Buchanan Optometrists in Snodland, Kent, has a couple of tips to stop this happening. The first is to stop your glasses from coming into contact with moisture in the first place, by sealing the top of the mask to your face with micropore tape.

Placing your glasses on top of

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