April 8, 2020

The case for shutting schools down instead of moving classes online

Many K-12 schools this week have cancelled in-person classes and announced a shift to online teaching. But at least one online-learning expert thinks that’s a bad decision, especially for vulnerable students.

A growing body of evidence suggests that online learning works least well for our most vulnerable learners. If you are going online, the number one question is not: “What tech to use to teach online?” It should be: “How will you support your most struggling students?”

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Perspective by Justin Reich, an assistant professor at MIT and the director of the Teaching Systems Lab.