📑 HEWN, No. 344 – “Never allow a good crisis to go to waste” — Rahm Emanuel

Bookmarked HEWN, No. 344

Do all students have access to high-speed broadband at home? K-12 or otherwise? Nope. Do all students have access to laptops at home? Nope. Schools know this, and it’s part of the calculation they make whether or not to move everything online. But closure isn’t just about classes. The function of schools extends well beyond instruction. This is particularly true in K-12 schools, which also serve for many students and families as childcare, community centers, health care providers, disability support services, and places to eat breakfast and lunch. To close the doors to a school shifts the burden of all these services onto individual families.

Spare me the techno-solutionism. Let’s talk about big structural change.

Audrey Watters reflects on the impact of the coronavirus on education. She discusses the techno-solutionism of online learning being offered up by so many and wonders about notions of accessibility, privacy, or security.

“This may be our moment,” ed-tech folks exclaim, giddily sharing lists of their favorite digital learning tools (with little concern, it seems for questions of accessibility, privacy, or security) and tips for quickly moving “to the cloud.”

This is something I wondered in regards to Julia Hollingsworth’s post on the disruption to education.

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