Around the globe, school is back in session. Across Europe, kids returned to class in Belgium on May 18, Finland on May 14, France on May 11, Norway on April 27, Germany on April 20, and Denmark on Ap
Dale Chu“While our counterparts across the Atlantic are rolling up their sleeves and making it work, American education elites are busy playing a game of chicken with state and federal lawmakers.” @rickhess99 and @maxeden99 via @realclearpolicy
At least this year, students and teachers had established relationships.
Dale Chu“Primary and secondary education is built on relationships… This means that remote learning in the fall may (remarkably) prove to be even less effective than it’s been this spring." @rickhess99 and @natmalkus via @thedispatch
Family breakdown causes serious disadvantages when it comes to college.
Dale Chu“In the absence of SAT scores, which can pinpoint kids from difficult family backgrounds with great academic potential, family stability is likely to loom even larger in determining who makes it past the college finish line.” @WilcoxNMP via @wjmcgurn
A young Isaac Newton coped with the anxiety of the plague’s 1665 return to England by decamping to a farmhouse and inventing calculus, revolutionizing optics, and uncovering the first mysteries
Dale Chu“There is something soothing and centering about the nearly silent, rhythmic, tactile nature of working with a pen and paper instead of the tintinnabulation of keyboard pecking.” @smarick via @Commentary
Schools with high tuition and deep endowments are not the norm in K-12 education.
Dale Chu“Contrary to public misperception, [deep-pocketed, elite private] schools are a tiny sliver of the nation’s private schools. Indeed, thousands of private schools are a tuition cycle away from dire financial straits—or closure.” @rickhess99 via @thedispatch
School choice critics often point out that choice can't guarantee that every child will end up in a decent school—and that the public school system must be protected to ensure an acceptable education for every child. But many districts' responses to...
"A one-hour flight to Washington doesn't make you any smarter, and I don't think we need to come up with a bunch of big ideas up here and send them back to states to implement--especially in education," says Alexander.
Dale Chu“The most recent coronavirus legislation provided up to $1 billion for a competitive shark tank to help accelerate some of the two-dozen early-stage testing concepts already underway at the @NIH.” @SenAlexander via @rickhess99
Restarting classes is central to reviving economies. But one question haunts the efforts: Just how contagious are children, and could they be the next super spreaders?
Dale Chu“In Germany, class sizes have been cut in half. Hallways have become one-way systems. Breaks are staggered. Teachers wear masks and students are told to dress warmly because windows and doors are kept open for air circulation.” @kbennhold via @nytimes
The research on online learning pretty clearly suggests that most students today will do better in classrooms surrounded by peers and teachers.
Dale Chu“Done well, virtual learning has immense promise… But as shuttered schools force 50 million students to learn remotely, we shouldn’t kid ourselves by imagining that this is the better option for most [students].” @rickhess99 via @NRO
To observe that the educational response to Covid-19 has been mixed—and sometimes disappointing—is not an attack on teachers nor a dismissal of all the good that has been done.
Dale Chu“Valuing schools and educators means taking them seriously. Banal platitudes and syrupy praise are not serious tribute; they’re what we reserve for children and those too fragile for sterner stuff.” @rickhess99 via @Forbes
It was the right move to shutter schools when public health officials recommended doing so a month ago. But listening to public health experts also means paying heed when they suggest that schools should reopen.
Dale Chu“When public health officials give schools the green light, schools need to be ready to go. Anything else is irresponsible. The health care community has risen magnificently to its challenges; educators should be prepared to do the same.” @rickhess99
School closures do not tend to help contain the spread of infections during outbreaks of disease such as COVID-19, but will have a big impact on how societies restart after lockdown, scientists said on Monday.