Children, parents, and teachers around the nation have been tackling the challenges of remote learning as necessitated by the coronavirus, but the transition hasn’t been seamless or easy, according to a report on Cheddar.
Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, notes that teachers are dealing with a host of new variables on the job, but celebrates that “[t]hey have done an exceptional job, the best they can in a situation where 20 to 40 percent of their kids don’t even have remote education or don’t even have internet at home.” She highlights an often discussed challenge to digital learning: “[There is a] huge digital divide, and we were not prepared for it.”
While many are focused on when and how to open schools, Weingarten suggests there is still more to focus on in the present, perhaps especially the mental health and well-being of students.
“We have to actually help kids sum up the year. We have to calm kids down, calm parents down, try to sum up the year as best we can,” she said. “Use next year as a bridge year to really try and take the life lessons.”
Read more about Randi Weingarten’s advice for students, teachers, and parents, and watch her speak in the included video here.