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It's been quite a year. We're in the umpteenth month of dealing with
the COVID-19 pandemic, and it doesn't look like it's going to end
anytime soon.
And yet, we're dealing with it, both nationally and locally, as a
country and as a car club. For a while, things pretty much shut down
altogether. Then, after we had time to adjust to our new reality,
pragmatism and creativity kicked in. We decided to be smart, not
stubborn. We wore our masks. We practiced social distancing. If we
felt sick, we stayed home. Those who could, studied or worked from
home, over the Internet.
As a car club, we stopped fixating on what we couldn't do
and we asked ourselves what we could do. We held our meetings
virtually, online. Going on a road tour doesn't require congregating
in large groups. Neither does autocross, if one makes a few
adjustments. As for HPDE, we asked ourselves, if it's not prudent to
have in-car instruction, then what could be a substitute? Go back to
basic learning theory - I'm from Missouri; don't tell me, show me.
(For those who have raised children, did they do what you said, or
did they follow your example and do what you did?)
Thus, someone suggested that we employ a lead / follow technique

on the track. Follow me and do what I do. After each
session, the instructor and student analyze how things
went: identifying what the student did well, and identifying
where there is room for improvement. When the student is
ready, we trade places - the instructor follows the student
and observes, again providing feedback after each session.
As it turns out, this works surprisingly well.
Darwin didn't say that the strong survive and the weak
perish. He said that organisms that can adapt to their
environment and to changing conditions will survive,
thrive, propagate, and pass on these traits to their
offspring.
A final thought: America was pioneered by those who
were resilient, those who were problem solvers, those
who were ambitious, those who persevered. We are their
legacy.
Thank you for allowing me to share.
v/r,
Jack Raymond
Co-editor

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