• Home Schooling

    Homeschooling spike expected to continue during COVID-19 pandemic, even as schools reopen

    NEW ORLEANS – Even though most school districts have reopened their doors this semester, many students will not be returning to the classroom.  The number of students being homeschooled has nearly doubled since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Home Education Research Institutes estimates about 5 million students were homeschooling in March 2021. In 2020, that number sat at 2.6 million.  “Interest has exploded,” said Christopher Chin, the president of Homeschool Louisiana, a faith-based support group for homeschooling families.  Chin said he’d expect this trend to continue even after the pandemic.  “There is going to be some melt where people do go back into an institutional school setting,…

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  • Education

    Graduate School of Education Plans to Reopen Campus in Fall, Resume Doctoral Admissions, Dean Says | News

    The Harvard Graduate School of Education is “prioritizing” reopening its campus in the fall and plans to resume accepting applications to its doctoral program, HGSE Dean Bridget Terry Long said in an interview Monday. Long said HGSE is dedicated to holding in-person instruction in the fall, though the school has not yet set an official date for the campus reopening. “What you will probably see is a balance of some of our courses online, some of our courses face-to-face,” Long said. “What that relative balance looks like is going to depend a lot on if there are restrictions on issues of public health.” “I can’t make guarantees — again, based…

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  • Home Schooling

    Fed up of homeschooling, parents want Jalandhar schools to reopen : The Tribune India

    Aakanksha N Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 2 Extension of restrictions due to rising Covid cases has led to shutdown of schools again. The decision has not gone down well with parents of the students studying in the government schools, mostly in the rural belt. They said it was after a long wait that they were planning to send their wards to schools where they could ‘actually’ study. But with the state government closing the schools again, in wake of the increase in the number of cases, parents of the government schools’ students are left to face the same challenges again. Teachers shared that the parents had been approaching…

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  • Education

    CDC defends school guidelines as advocates say they make it too hard to reopen

    But the much-anticipated guidelines released Friday were, in fact, more measured than some expected, with full in-person schooling recommended only when levels of community transmission are quite low, a standard that almost no place in the U.S. meets today. Under the rubric laid out, the CDC recommends either fully remote or hybrid plans, where students spend some time in school and some at home, for areas with substantial community spread. Even though case counts are falling, the definition of substantial spread today includes the vast majority of the country. While pandemic school closures have been challenging for many children, special-needs students like McKenzie West are falling further behind. (Jorge Ribas/The…

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  • Science

    Op-Ed: Kids are suffering. Follow the science and reopen schools now

    It’s no secret that we’re in the midst of a public health crisis in California. But public school children — more than 6 million students — are suffering through a silent crisis at home and they desperately need our help before it’s too late. For the last 10 months, most public schools in this state have shut their doors and opted for remote education. Kids have been forced to limit their social interactions to a Zoom square on their computer if they are lucky enough to have a stable internet connection. Playgrounds have been locked and spending time with friends and family isn’t allowed. To a child, this feels like…

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  • Science

    Kids are suffering. Follow the science and reopen schools now

    Gladys Alvarez, a fifth-grade teacher at Manchester Avenue Elementary School in South Los Angeles, in her empty classroom as she talks to her students in a Zoom class in August 2020. (Los Angeles Times) It’s no secret that we’re in the midst of a public health crisis in California. But public school children — more than 6 million students — are suffering through a silent crisis at home and they desperately need our help before it’s too late. For the last 10 months, most public schools in this state have shut their doors and opted for remote education. Kids have been forced to limit their social interactions to a Zoom…

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  • Education

    London Breed, others urge S.F. education leaders to reopen public schools

    San Francisco families, mayor and state elected officials formed a united front Thursday in urging school and labor leaders to listen to the health experts, come to an agreement and reopen schools as soon as possible. At a press conference sponsored by the parent group, Decreasing the Distance, a tearful Mayor London Breed, standing before children hold signs saying “I miss my friends,” urged the adults to end division and finger-pointing to get schools open. “It just really breaks my heart to be here to see these kids and these families to know what they’ve been going through,” Breed said. “Kids are struggling in our city and we all know…

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