I’m not a formal educator, but I am a parent to a student who spent a good chunk of the last year learning from home. I also work in an industry that supports educators and administrators.
As I reflect on the past 18 months and my discussions with colleagues and partners across the U.S. and in Europe, I have identified a few truths and trends about education.
Educators are infinitely creative and adaptable. When the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools to close, teachers connected with students online, over the phone, and even dropped by students’ homes to deliver books and worksheets.
When schools reopened for in-person instruction and science said we should maintain physical distance from each other, improve ventilation systems, and wear masks, educators reimagined and reconfigured classrooms, opened windows and doors, and even met with students outside.
Teachers simultaneously taught in-person and remote learners, navigated hybrid schedules, and kept pace with near-constant changes in federal, state, and local safety guidelines.
Online learning is here to stay. In a 2020 Pearson survey, 88 percent of global respondents said they think online learning will be part of children’s educational experiences and the university experience moving forward.
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