This spring, the coronavirus pandemic blindsided America’s schools with a staggering, unforeseen problem. On March 12, Ohio governor Mike DeWine announced that he was closing all of his state’s schools. Within two weeks, more than 40 states had followed suit, upending the lives of nearly 50 million students. Schools were suddenly forced to find ways to feed millions of children and reinvent methods for educating kids and supporting families. It was easy to find tales of heroic efforts by local teachers and stories of hair-rending frustration from overwhelmed parents. On the whole, did the nation’s schools rise to the challenge? If not, what will be the legacy of their failure?
Weighing in with opposing opinions are Michael Casserly, executive director of the Council of the Great City Schools, and Chris Stewart, chief executive officer of Brightbeam, a nonprofit network of education activists.
by Michael Casserly
by Chris Stewart