Pandemic: School Closures Past, Present, Future

This isn’t the first time schools have shuttered in the wake of a pandemic. Resident education historian Jack Schneider on what we can learn from school closures past. Meanwhile, the absence of schools seems to have awakened even their critics to how key they are. (Psst: turns out that they’re not just places to develop *human capital*…) And what of the future? Resident paranoid Jennifer Berkshire says it’s never too soon to start fretting over whether schools will ever reopen – especially in states where pols have been feverishly focused on dismantling them. Transcript available here.

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