Distance Learning Has Been Part of American Culture for 100 Years. Why Can’t We Get it Right?
By Erik German
September 1, 2020
When authorities issued stay-at-home orders at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, schoolchildren worldwide entered what has to be the largest — and probably least welcome — distance-learning experiment in the history of education.
Across the United States, parents and kids were struggling, teachers were losing their minds, and political leaders were asking, “Why weren’t we ready?” But in a few obscure corners of the K-12 education world, some schools were ready, and they’ll tell you they’ve handled the crisis just fine, thanks. It turns
out teaching K-12 kids at a distance isn’t something that arose in the United States
with Covid-19, or even with the advent of the internet — it dates back almost 100
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