How COVID-19 Is Changing Education—Not Always for the Worse

Elementary school students walk to classes in Godley, Texas, Aug. 5, 2020 (AP photo by LM Otero).
Elementary school students walk to classes in Godley, Texas, Aug. 5, 2020 (AP photo by LM Otero).

Education has traditionally been viewed as humanity’s great equalizer, providing children from less privileged backgrounds with the tools they need to achieve greater degrees of financial security and success in their chosen fields. Unfortunately, education can serve to entrench socio-economic disparities just as much as it alleviates them. That has become all too clear in recent months, as the families and schools with the greatest resources, both financial and technological, look to be the ones best-prepared to weather the coronavirus pandemic. But according to Rebecca Winthrop, senior fellow and co-director of the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution, […]

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