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The Boy Teacher and the Father Student #87; Real Distance Learning

Updated on July 9, 2020
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Eric started working with children when he was still one himself. He taught first aid through Scouting. All the way to preaching to youth.


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The Hamster

There is this new thing called the internet. It facilitates Distance Learning. Distance learning means that one party imparts knowledge to another party from a different place. We think Distance learning is all about a teacher somewhere and students elsewhere connecting via the internet. Distance learning is so much more. Responsible Distance learning is a must. Other than with a teacher, Distance learning is not interactive.

Distance learning is so much more than being taught. It is research and hypothesis and conclusion. We like the IRAC method. Issue, rule, application conclusion. The issue can either be a point to prove or a situation or thing that needs examination. Generally like a question. The rule can be set by society, science of maybe just parents and yes some “rules” make no sense. The application speaks for itself as the issue is broken down by the rule and if we do all that the conclusion may still be wrong but the thinking process is never wrong.

If you ever wondered what method Drs. and lawyers use, it is some form of IRAC. Scientists and Theologians are wise to use it also. Like in creative writing sometimes for the issue to be satisfactorily laid out it needs little facts. That can be as easy as “John is rich and Eric is poor and then a specific meaning to that.

Can you imagine the poor child whose dad teaches him such things? Critical thinking is not an accident of good genes. It is taught as art and science.

B: Dad our hamster is lonely.

F: What makes you say that; do you want another one?

B: I looked it up and hamsters are social and like being at least in pairs.

F: Where did you look up that rule?

B: Wee Companions – they have hamsters for adoption and how to care for them.

F: Alright I like that kind of source. But are they trying to sell you a hamster?

B: Duh! And they sell stuff too. But cheaper than the store and I think it is cool to “rescue” hamsters.

F: Your suggestion is duly noted. Sounds like a visit is in order to check these guys out. Shoot me the link. Just leave your wallet in the car.

B: Ha ha, I know what that means. No shopping. Just getting what we came for.

F: And what are we going for smarty pants.

B: A hamster.


B: Dad you are so boring, I know, research.

Not Yet!

Before the Sun

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Life & Fiction

Can you even imagine a dad who is such a pain in the backside? Well I did not know that about hamsters. Makes sense though. But how do you say no to a conclusion that is correct. And the boy knows it is about $17 and has it saved. Most adults could learn from that and leave their credit cards at home or in the car. So you are just about now shaking your head. How can you let a ten year old surf the net? Easy. They make parental controls and he has a couple for the extreme. But the real control comes from what I call the “present”. Present in his decisions and being in the moment with him. Control a child and he will break free. Teach a child and he will be free.

Of course the above takes time and some just do not have it. We are blessed here with time. My wife says we are too low middle class. I say we have a house, two cars, go places for a break, our son is well taken care of and we need a new bed and dental insurance not to mention a new hose. Don’t even talk about how fat I am. Food is obvious. And you always have me dressed to the nines. I feel bad for most lower middle class. Not!

B: Dad. Shave.

F: Really.

B: Yes really.

F: One condition. You help me haircut in the back.

B: Ok, I am not nervous about it anymore. At least I do a better job than you.

F: True dat bro. And don’t think I do not appreciate it. You are the bomb.

B: Those are good ones. I will use them in my gaming.

F: Remember no food until you get “Crown” level. Oh and how are CJ and Rico?

B: We are a great team. Thanks for letting me play so much.

F: Son, you need the social interaction, that is just a natural fact. Like the hamster.

B: Whoa dad you did it again. You brought the talking back to a lesson about whatever.

F: Sorry on that. Life is a mystical cavalcade of intertwinements and love, including learning.

B: Dad, go away you are talking all that weird again. But at Least this time I got it. Everything connects like eating ice cream and getting fat. Hihihi. I am not fat so leave my ice cream alone.

Elder Son

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OK Singers

Round About, Back Home

What you may be thinking now and with all of this series is a big old question mark. Little 10 year olds do not think and talk like that. Wonderful! Let us apply IRAC. Question/Issue; do little boys generally think and talk like that? (quick answer is no so we work with that) So we have a rule. Young men do not act like this. //referencing above like that backdrop we need//. The rule is, is that children do not and should not think like young adults – 20ish. Let us apply that. (please note we through in “should” as morality is always part of the gig.)

This boy has a very high IQ. During this time of Covid he spends his time with two very accomplished and bright adults. His father has a doctorate and most important – time. Logic and faith rule supreme. While near 4% of the time love is not optimized, the rest is.

Conclusion. Genes (nature) environment (nurture) can in fact develop such a kid but it is not the general rule.

Before gaming we took a good walk. Conversation was quick and eclectic.

B: There is poopville. Look up and look down. Roost and poops.

F: Wow! I never notice that. Get me a gun and we can eat quail for dinner.


B: Dad will I ever fire a real gun? We don’t even have one.

F: Son I am qualified for concealed carry and with three pistols/handguns. So yes you will shoot real guns. My fav is the 9mm.

B: So why don’t we have one. Uncle Brian said you can shoot a dove in the eye with a 22 caliber at fifty yards. Why don’t we have a 22?

F: Uncle Brian talks too much. And I have no idea why I don’t have a gun. Maybe; a backpack, boots, a new sleeping bag and camp stove make more sense. And that camera and binoculars. Hmm, seems like one of those priority mail deals. Guns are not a priority.

B: It would still be cool. I know you said 14 to go to the range with Uncle Dan.

F: What the heck? Look at that new solar on that house.

The old keeping up with neighbors.

B: We should get solar and air conditioning like Rico, and he has a pool too.

F: You are starting to irritate me boy. I say, I say, knock it off.

B: Are we going one more block?

F: Why are you tired?

B: I am not bored either but I want to….

F: I love that about you. Did you know that? You always look forward to the next deal. But you are still right here right now.

B: Dad you should try it. You do not get excited about stuff enough. Boring.

F: Enough boy I will work on that. I will get back and pull weeds from the garden so it looks really good.

B: See, you can do it!

F: Let’s skip home.

B: No way, someone might see us.

And so the beat goes on.


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Billi. I tried to grow up, in the '70s It just never stuck ;-)

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      William Kovacic 

      3 weeks ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Wisdom abounds in this series. I enjoyed the videos as well. Took me back to the 70s with Cat Stevens. A lot of good stuff came out of that decade.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Flourish, you speak wisdom on hamsters. Ours is a Roborovski hamster. The only chance we have is with another dwarf like that. We will get an identical cage and put it next to the old one. Then try them out a little at a time. If it works we will connect the two cages.

      I think that deal about two might just be age old accepted sales. The ones together at the store are litter mates.

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you kindly Sowrabha. Isn't that interesting how they tie in together. We do have some interesting games.

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      3 weeks ago from USA

      Tell him hamsters are actually solitary creatures. Definitely do not get the second one unless you get another cage etc. I used to have them. In separate cages out of necessity. If they are littermates sometimes they will get along but otherwise it’s Hatfields and McCoys.

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      3 weeks ago from Bengaluru

      Hi Eric, what an enjoyable read this was .. the games kids and their dada’s play..hard to figure out which one’s smarter.. some good lessons on being present , control and freedom. I loved the way you linked up the three.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Sorry to wax on but Back then it was a whole different pie. Bill and I challenged each other to an article a day. Yes you are right it was a time in 2013 I think we got acquainted. Wow, in kid years that is forever.

      I remember that last time telling stories at the preschool. No reading and plenty of hand and face gestures. I could wax on forever.

      Now look at us. More mature? I think not - younger.

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      Shannon Henry 

      3 weeks ago from Texas

      Yeah, Eric, that sounds about right on how long we've known each other. Maybe a year or so longer than that. I was quite active on HP just before he started pre k and for a while thereafter. Now I'm not nearly as active here, but I still enjoy interacting with people. Especially those I've known for a long time. Don't get me started on that chore home currently looks like a tornado hit it.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Vellur your comment is much appreciated. What a journey raising a boy is. Lucky me.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Shannon that is impressive. Congratulations on getting your boy to 11. I look back and thing we have been friends here since yours and mine were about 5-6. That is cool.

      I just hand my son electronics. Sure I know some and could learn more, but that is part of his modern era chores. Now for room cleaning and taking out garbage.

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      3 weeks ago from london

      Sweet Chuckle.

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      Shannon Henry 

      3 weeks ago from Texas

      These exchanges are very amusing to read. They remind me of how every kid is the same yet so individualistic at the same time. My youngest just turned 11 a few days ago. At age 5, he could get around the parental controls on his tablet without disabling the app. That was a lesson to me about paying for apps that can't do their job when the kid is smarter than the app! And, yes, they know how to look up information on Google and other internet sources with ease. It's scary and also impressive.

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      His Birthday is 2/10. I feel confident it is healthy curiosity about guns. I am not owning one. But like to shoot them. My home is protected by a Katana that can slice paper in mid-air. Practice is exemplary meditation for all focus is on a razor blade.

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      3 weeks ago from london

      A refreshing conversation and yes, he's smart for his age. He's been 10 a long time, Bro. No birthdays coming up? Get him the hamster. He likes couples. Lol. So he wants a gun? Funny.

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Devika I never thought of it that way. But you are right. I guess it does take self control. Hey that is great because Gabe will learn it.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you EK I appreciate your comment. I think you are right.

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      Devika Primić 

      3 weeks ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Eric every lesson begins at home. You shared many lessons and I enjoyed knowing more about self-control.

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      EK Jadoon 

      3 weeks ago from Abbottabad Pakistan

      Sir, it was a fantastic read. Our lives become much easier when we see those below us. In short, all this is possible only if you have self-control.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Yes Ruby it is time. He scored 100 in piano today. What are you going to do but get the hamster.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      " And the beat goes on " Hihihi This was an interesting read, and I think the hamster needs a buddy.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you for visiting and commenting Rania (that is a beautiful name)

      When I realized that "because I say so" was not working I had to figure out, how to structure. Now when we do it he sometimes changes my mind. Cool.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mary that is a fun point. I teach him to compete against others. Mom teaches him to compete about 100% scores. He is never without purpose. Truth be told he and I giggle about it.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Greg that is very kind. You warm my heart on a perfect day to be warmed.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda on our pre-day walk this morning he asked about one home with kids he knew. "Why are they always late for school?" I told him not to ask his mom. He would get an ear full of condemnation. They simply are not as blessed as we are.

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      Rania Heikal 

      4 weeks ago from Egypt

      I enjoyed the chats and liked the analytic IRAC. Thanks for sharing.

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      Mary Norton 

      4 weeks ago from Ontario, Canada

      This article is like learning altogether what it is to teach. We can shape the minds of kids at an early age. He must get bored at school.

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      greg cain 

      4 weeks ago from Moscow, Idaho, USA

      He will grow to be wise, like his father. Thanks for sharing, Eric.

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      Linda Lum 

      4 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

      "Life is a mystical cavalcade of intertwinements and love, including learning." You are shaping his mind and heart in amazing and wonderful ways. I hope I'm still on this earth when Gabe is an adult. I would love to see what he does with his life.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Pamela, I think I will do one with his mom and he. They boggle my mind. Mom is a hardcore stereotypical Asian mom. But.... She is ESL and Gabe really plays that to the hilt. Of course he is nearly fluent in her native tongue. Belly laughs galore.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lorna, we discussed how strange we were. And decided that if everyone is strange we are normal. I am so blessed to have this time with him. Hey maybe the same in reverse. We will see.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      4 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      Your talks with tat precocious son are always enjoyable to read. I think your wonderful talks wit him are all about love. He tries to get what he wants from you but you know all his tricks. This is another good article, Eric.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      4 weeks ago

      I enjoyed eavesdropping on these wonderful chats Eric. So many life lessons and I loved the hamster conversation. You are certainly keeping it real.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill or you could be talking about Toby :-)

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      Bill Holland 

      4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Too damned smart for his age. I could be talking about either of you. Great walk. Great talk! Thanks for letting me in on the fun.


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