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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Major Shifts in Formal Education

Aloha Everyone,

One of many things the Coronavirus pandemic is affecting is what will happen to the formal education of our children.

San Diego School District with 121,000 students in pre-school through grade 12 is the second largest district in California. Parents are being asked what kind of schooling they would like for their children when schools reopen in the Fall. Broad options are (a) in-person school, (b) online learning or (c) both a & b.

It is easier to come up with proposals than to implement them within the guidelines of feasibility, affordability and acceptability to parents, students, teachers, and staff.

One must also take into account the state’s educational budget; viability of physical distancing while in school; as well as practicality.There are some homes and areas that have no WiFi access, and also some students who do not own computers

Our son Jeff teaches high school Social Studies in Hawaii. What would happen when the schools reopen in the Fall is one of our recurring conversation topics. Hawaii is unique in that the entire state is under one school district. We talked about inequality of advantaged and disadvantaged students based on where they live, family income and education of their parents. These factors often provide a launching pad or pose obstacles for students.

Aloha -- Cathi