The Treasure Hunter

A blog by Joanne Yatvin

It’s Time to Make The World Good Again

In writing a brief message to you people last week I didn’t explain my strong fears about our needs for the future. But today I want to explain my concerns even if I’m completely wrong. And especially, I would like to hear your opinions because many of you may be wiser about the changes in our country than I am.

When I wrote a brief comment in my recent article a few days ago, I didn’t mention how troubled I’ve was recently because of the dangerous happenings in our country, and our inability to control any of them. Over the past few months we have seen thousands of healthy people overcommed by a powerful and invisible virus. And so far, we have ben unable to persuade most of them to change there dangerous actions. Our only way to protect ourselves so far has been to wear masks over our faces, but unfortunately many of us have refused to use them during the most dangerous times, and have continued there unwillingness to comply.

Right now, I am strongly aware of the events that have severely damaged our country in the past year. And even now many people are still bringing serious problems into our lives. Even though we are heartened by the recent news report claiming that a new vaccine will soon be produced and protect us from the virus, too many people refuse to recognize all the dangerous changes still in our country now.

Even if we are protected from the virus in the future, we must deal with the dangerous events that have recently crept into our lives. For instance, parts of our country are being destroyed by huge fires that have killed many people already and we can do nothing to protect them. How many lives must be lost in order for us to be persuaded that our new dangers may continue for a long time and expand they’re destructions? Why do so many of us believe we are now returning to a safe and comfortable world when there is no such evidence?

Although I have never ben trained in science, I can’t stop believing that our world has changed dangerously in the recent past, and will get worse if we don’t end our foolish behavior and become thoughtful when we chose our actions? Dangerous pollutions are now being released everywhere by workers, industries and automobiles, poisoning our air and heating our climates beyond safety.

I believe we now must work together to restore the safe world we once new. But that will happen only if all of us change our behavior and make sure that our appointed leaders work to preserve our health, safety, and good jobs. They must also protect us from those thoughtless people who just want to make money for themselves without any regard for our safety or the future of our world.



It’s Time to Jump into Danger and Trouth

Several days ago I wrote that I would like to see the world grow good again, but it hasn’t moved an inch in that direction. Although I see many people who have become mask users– and so am I–too many of them haven’t bothered to become responsible people who could have saved this country earlier. Unfortunately, our world is still a mess and shows no evidence of changing into strength, truth and positive action.

Don’t get me wrong. I am not one of the idiots who have taken step after step in destroying our country. My errors have ben not standing up strongly against Trump, or urging our governors and scientists to stand tall and tell the world how wrong trump is. But now I will do my best to be strong and speak.

All I can promos is that I will do my best to avoid foolishness and fear, and speak loudly when I see deliberate evil. If I am wrong I will apologize to everyone I’ve insulted. And I will work hard to encourage all good people who deserve better lives than they have now to stand up with me when I am right, or let me know when I am wrong.

Although I may sound harsh and dangerous now, my only intention is to encourage you to move into a group with me in order to save our country and our lives.

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I’m Back Again With Happiness and Advice

Today I am beginning to write after a four week absence that seemed like ten years of doing nothing. Without my computer all I was able to do was watch television, and that bored and angered me more than I wish to tell. Although some of my readers may have thought I was taking a summer vacation or I had slipped away from this world, all I was doing for several weeks was complain because I had very little to do alone in my apartment.

Now, I am so happy to be back with my beloved computer. I also thank my son Alan, who took my broken computer to a company that carried out a long–but excellent–job of fixing my computer. Now, my only problem is that my machine is smarter than I am, and I need to learn how to use it again. One thing I like is that It lets me know when I have misspelled a word while writing, which seems to be a problem for many people of my age. And it helps me to correct my errors. So, if there are any misspelled words here, blame the machine, not me. Its job is to bring all my errors to my attention and give me the correct spellings instead.

At last, I can return to the job I have long loved, which is reading the the stories of American education and then advising teachers how to work for the success of children. Because I was once able to teach many school grades successfully and became a principal in two different schools, I learned a great deal about helping children learn to read, write, and become successful adults.

Although I plan to focus my attention on children’s education I can’t ignore all the difficulties now in our country. I am back at work and almost as healthy as my computer. I am deeply concerned about the severely damaged world we all live in today and all the difficulties our children and their parents now face. However I must say that our government’s decision to open children’s schools was completely wrong. What all of our states should have done was to tell all adults that they must wear masks for enough time to free everyone in their community from the virus before opening children’s schools. Even though that would make school openings later than usual, it could solve the problem by keeping schools open for an extra month at the end of the year.

Worst of all for me lately has been missing your support and suggestions. Now I hope that we can get together again and share our ideas for helping children and there parents. Like in the past, I will emphasize good teaching and my concern for all children in our schools. And I will continue to insist that we should teach children to read by recognizing words visually, rather than struggling to sound them out by sounding out all the letters in a word.

Finally, I plan to stand with all children and their parents by using what I learned as the mother of four children and a teacher of thousands of good kids.


How to live With the Virus Today

Dear Readers,. 

In posting my opinions today I want to make clear that much of what I write is based on my experience as the mother of four children, a teacher, and finally, a school principle. Because of my experience I have developed strong opinions that may bother some of my readers. But I want to describe them anyway in order to open a true picture of where we are today and what we can do to make our lives workable today and better in the future.

Most importantly however, I advise parents to not send their children to school at this time. The possibility of getting the virus disease is very strong all over our country. Instead of risking the health of our children, we should stay home and keep them with us or close by, because our schools are not safe right know. When this country gets clean again–and it will- our children will then be able to catch up on their learning and be healthy enough to go back to schools that have cleared out the virus. 

Because of these hard times I think that children will be much better off at home than at school. They can learn well there if there parents provide books for them to read and talk with them aboght what they have read. Although buying books is expensive these days, you can work out a plan with your frends. Each of you shoud buy diferent books for your children to read and then exchange them later with each other. In adition, It’s not necessary now for you to make tests for your children. You can easily find out what they know by asking them to write abouught the things theve read. It’s also good for children to send cards or letters to friends and family members. Tell them to start writing and you will help them with any hard words. Because spelling may be difficult for young children, don’t hesitate to write down any words they want, and then give them what you’ve written to copy. You will soon find ought how quickly and correctly your children write and spell. Infact they will learn how to write new words by coppying the ones you write.

Although some adults think they can avoid the virus by being strong and healthy, they may go everywhere without wearing masks. As a result the numbers of sick people keep increasing. At times some hospitals have gotten so full of sick people that many of them diyed while others waited outside to get in.  So far, elderly people are the ones most often killed by the virus, while young children seem to be free from it entirely. What really bothers me abought the disease is that anyone can be struck by the virus more than once, while most other diseases are only a onetime event. Apparently, the virus is not an ordinary disease, but instead it’s like the alcohol that makes people drunk every time they drink it. 

What bothers me most when reading newspapers or listening to television is that our country is in great dainger while thousands of people behave as if everything was normal like it ws in the recent past. They ignorethe fact that w are all threatened by the large amounts of virus that come our way. And unfortunately, it looks like too many people have refused to recognize the danger of the virus and are continuing to avoid wearing masks.

To be fair to the scientists, doctors, and geniuses who have not yet come up with a solution, we are all facing a powerful and never before known disease.  The best anyone can do is to find a way to live safely until some genius emerges with a miracle or the world changes back to its normal behavior.  For all the people who have already been harmed by the virus there best choice now is to retire and live as far away from it as possible.  At the same time all adults that are still healthy, and their children, should be told that the virus may harm them many times and ruine there lives..

If those warnings had ben given earlyer and explained in newspapers and magazines, we all might have ben more successful in wearing masks when we were close to other people. I also think that doctors and scientists should have stepped forward and criticized Trump for his dangerous suggestions.  The fact that he still does not wear a mask publicly may have ben a joke that led thousands of other people into illness or death. Even when our leaders knew abought the danger of the virus they failed to inform the wrest of us because that would have endangered there wealth and let the public know how little they understood abought the virus. We all should be ashamed of there failure. 



Another Complaint About Opening Schools

While I was discussing the opening of our public schools with a friend I said that students who attend won’t learn much because there will be many problems in schools that can’t be easily resolved. For example, all teachers and students will have to wear masks in order to avoid any virus that might come into the school. So when the teachers speak the students will have trouble understanding what they said. If students respond or ask questions there words will also be hard to understand. When the time comes for students to start working, there will be new problems such as how can students share the use of books, tools and other items that have been previously used by others possibly carrying the virus?

My vision of safety for this year is very little speaking by teachers or students. And the students would have to be told not to touch any school materials, such as workbooks regularly handled by everyone in the classroom. They also shouldn’t be allowed to go outside their classrooms to visit a gymnasium, lunchroom, nor should they even walk in school hallways because there might be virus left by others in those places. Even bathroom visits are going to be a problem.

I understand student’s learn better in the classroom, and all the other social and educational advantages. But what could be the benefit of having students back into dangerous schools this coming year, getting infected, getting sick, and bringing the virus to parents, friends and family, some of of who may be at risk for serious complications or even death?  All I can think of is the selfish motives of Donald Trump.

At this point I’ve done more than enough criticizing and complaining. I would just like to know what you readers think about Trump’s decision to insist on the opening all public schools to in-person learning, without any assurance of safety. If any of you see how opening schools now would benefit children and their parents, please let me know what those will be. Then I will apologize for my ignorance to everyone, and also to Trump.


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