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A Bell High School Teacher Reflects On The Curse Of 'Interesting Times'

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Friday the 13th. March 2020.

That was the last day of class for Bell High School film production and journalism teacher Roy Lansdown. Now he teaches from his front yard using videos and email, and his days run together. He misses his students.

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"You know, it's just not the same — teaching kids remotely, not seeing them every day, not having that interaction — and nobody can make it the same. The district has worked real hard. Superintendent Austin Buettner has worked real hard. The teachers have worked real hard. And most of the students have been pretty darn cooperative, but you can't match the magic of the classroom."

Roy filed what is now the first of our audience diaries. You can watch it above.

"This is a strange time to live," he says. And indeed, still scrawled on his whiteboard at school is the daily quote he used on that last day of class:

"May you live in interesting times."

While Roy refers to the quote as a "Chinese curse," its origin is unknown. But if these are "interesting" times, then we don't want them, either.

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