There have been few people connected to public education who have not expressed concern with how they can ensure students didn’t miss out on foundational elements needed to succeed moving forward because of allowances made for the coronavirus pandemic. Referred to in education circles as learning gaps, these holes in knowledge can present long-term challenges for children and the people who teach them.
Local superintendents should be commended for maintaining that focus in the weeks leading up to the start of the new school year. They emphasize that no matter how well-thought-out their distance learning programs were the final two-plus months of last year, there is no substitute for in-person education. Interaction between educator and student cannot be duplicated by interaction between computer screen and student, even if the teacher is on that screen.