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US: Teaching in the Pandemic: 'This Is Not Sustainable'

By ITS Education Asia

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An interesting opinion piece from the New York Times on the difficulties of teaching online for a prolonged period of time.

In more than a dozen interviews, educators described the immense challenges, and exhaustion, they have faced trying to provide normal schooling for students in pandemic conditions that are anything but normal. Some recounted whiplash experiences of having their schools abruptly open and close, sometimes more than once, because of virus risks or quarantine-driven staff shortages, requiring them to repeatedly switch back and forth between in-person and online teaching.

Others described the stress of having to lead back-to-back group video lessons for remote learners, even as they continued to teach students in person in their classrooms. Some educators said their workloads had doubled.

Is it time to start asking questions about these ‘normal’ models of education and whether they are fit for purpose any longer?




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