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National Education Leaders Worry That Students Will Fall Behind During School Closures; by Diane Ravitch

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The Washington Post reports that education leaders are worried that students are falling behind due to school closures & extraordinary measures must be taken so they can “catch up.” Many, however, do have access to emergency remote teaching. The children likeliest to have no educational opportunities are those who are already farthest behind, those with no access to a computer or the internet,  who get no academic support or direction at home.When school ultimately reopens, the children who need the most help should have extra-small classes and intensive time with experienced teachers. That requires more money, however, and states are unlikely to increase spending when their revenues are plummeting. The poor kids are likely to get testing and lamentations, not the small classes and instruction they need.

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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)

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