January 13, 2021 Feature

Schooling in the Time of COVID-19

By V. Darleen Opfer

What’s Happened to Schools? How Have They Responded? And What Does It Mean for the Future of U.S. Education?

American schools were completely unprepared to deliver remote education when COVID-19 struck in March 2020. Most delivered some form of grade- and subject-specific curriculum, but it varied widely according to one analysis done in May 2020.1 Some students got live video instruction; others, recorded lessons. Some got one-on-one phone calls; others picked up packets of photocopied handouts. Only one-third of school districts required teachers to continue to contact their students during that initial shutdown.

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