Remote Learning Questions That Need Answers | Beaufort County Now | Nat Malkus highlights for Real Clear Education important questions parents should ask about remote learning.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Remote Learning Questions That Need Answers

Publisher's Note: This post appears here courtesy of the John Locke Foundation. The author of this post is Mitch Kokai.

    Nat Malkus highlights for Real Clear Education important questions parents should ask about remote learning.

  • This summer, I had the chance to discuss reopening options with district leaders across the country. Those that decided to reopen remotely wanted to assure parents of one thing: "remote learning" this fall would be far better than the "emergency learning" they experienced this spring. I certainly hope they make good on that promise, because my analyses of what districts offered showed far too many were perfunctory attempts at quality "remote learning" students needed then and will need now. As I reflect on the shortcomings of many school offerings last spring, and watch my own child start high school on a computer, there are three key questions parents should be asking that will determine whether remote learning will indeed be better this fall.
  • How will schools set expectations for students and parents this fall? In the early days of spring's emergency remote learning, just 18% of schools were in districts that explicitly expected students to participate. Although that percentage grew over the semester, more than one out of three schools were in districts that never clearly stated expectations for participation or stated that it was not required at all. ...
  • ... 2. How will districts set expectations for teachers? In the spring's rushed development of emergency remote learning, many districts struggled to communicate how, and how much, teachers should provide instruction. While many assumed schools would shift to online platforms like Zoom, by May, only 44% of schools were in districts whose websites mentioned these synchronous learning tools. ...
  • ... 3. How will schools foster personal connections between teachers and students? Last spring, three-quarters of schools were in districts that listed at least one way teachers should make regular one-on-one contact with students. That may seem like a glass half full, but the most common contact method was by email (52 percent), while just a quarter mentioned phone calls.

Go Back


Latest Op-Ed & Politics

Gov. Roy Cooper pushes wind energy panacea via executive order, but Chairman of the N.C. Energy Policy Council Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson deems the move an overstep of authority that does not ‘follow the science'
The nation’s federal prison system is in hot water again, this time for security failures that allow inmates to escape undetected.
Leave it to the Donald to lay it out
87% of respondents, who are likely Republican primary voters, view former president Donald Trump favorably


North Carolina Senator Natasha Marcus, D-Mecklenburg, has been spreading falsehoods about N.C.’s donor privacy bill.


Two bills, which would allow medical professionals who aren’t doctors greater latitude in serving patients, are advancing in the Senate.
Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is at it again, this time comparing the U.S. and Israel’s actions in the Middle East to those of Hamas and the Taliban.
A county in California has revised their COVID-19 death total down 25% — by 411 cases — after initially counting all deaths with a positive COVID-19 test as a COVID-related death.
Recently, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced the Hazard Eligibility and Local Projects Act (HELP Act) and the Strategic Acquisition and Floodplain Efficiency Reform Act (SAFER Act), legislation to help communities recover from natural disasters.
What about the part of Washington outside the Downtown?
Jaden Ng, 13, and her family sat in the gallery on Thursday morning to watch the N.C. Senate vote to ban abortions sought based on the likelihood of Down syndrome
We will offer this allotment of three with more to come; some old, most new, but all quite informative, and, moreover, necessary to understanding that in North Carolina, there is a wiser path to govern ourselves and our People.
Data may have been queried and/or altered in the 2020 Election. Why else would this code be there if not to be used?


Back to Top