Computerized instruction offers the promise of a technological version of a personal tutor, giving instant feedback and tailoring lessons for each child’s needs. Yet even advocates of educational technology recognize the motivating power of a human teacher to encourage a demoralized student or clear up a point of confusion.
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Last week, a memo from Florida State University contained a line that sent chills through working parents everywhere: “Parents will no longer be allowed to care for children while working remotely.”
The coronavirus pandemic closed schools and launched a national experiment in remote learning that has been chaotic and stressful for millions of American families. But in some households, the shift to homeschool was particularly catastrophic. In this series we profile vulnerable children whose education was already precarious and how the disease has exacerbated gaps in opportunities and resources for communities already on the edge.
The coronavirus is upending our education system, with schools and campuses closing, classes going remote and students missing out on milestones like graduation. We’ll bring you stories of how the virus is exposing educational divides, disrupting the way students learn, and forcing education institutions to adapt to a new reality.
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When it was time for Kelly Ragas to choose a middle school for her son three years ago, John Q. Adams was certainly the most convenient option: She worked as its school secretary and already had a child there. But she had doubts. The school was rated a C by the state, and while Ragas was comfortable with its increasing diversity, she knew other longtime residents felt differently.
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There is perhaps no issue in American education more intractable or more painful than the persistent gaps in educational outcomes between black and brown students and their white peers. In our ongoing coverage of education, The Hechinger Report explores how white students are given advantages every step of the way, how racism is woven into the system — from the way schools are funded to the material students are taught — and what’s being done to make change.
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