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Old 03-26-2020, 04:12 PM
nearwildheaven is offline
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Originally Posted by DrCube View Post
I don't know, I saw a documentary video recently from the 1930s with a sick kid who listened to his teacher's lectures over the radio and mailed his homework in. I don't know how quickly schools in 1990 could have set that sort of system up, but I'm sure it was possible if they had sufficient motivation.
There was "School of the Air" which was broadcasted on radio, and later on television, but it wouldn't have been a complete curriculum. It was for things like art and music, and designed for the one-room schoolhouse and other schools that didn't have these teachers on staff. (I just Googled it, and there's a program that still exists in the Australian outback.)

Go back 35 years, and we have the early days of the AIDS epidemic. While the disease never spread this rapidly, it did have a near-100% fatality rate at the time, and we just didn't know at first what caused it, or if it might mutate into something that was casually transmissible.