This isn’t a ‘new normal’ for schools or government


Sen. Evan Vickers, R-Cedar City, pictured at top on a television monitor in the Senate chamber gallery, gives a thumbs-up as Senate President Stuart Adams, R-Layton, leads the Utah Legislature’s virtual special session at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Thursday, April 16, 2020. | Steve Griffin, Deseret News

People are talking about the “new normal,” or pandemic-induced lifestyle changes that will linger after the virus is gone.

You can debate the pros and cons of permanently working from home — maybe we have to go stir crazy to make the air cleaner — but two parts of the pandemic world ought to go away as quickly as possible: virtual school and virtual government, at least until we find a way to do both better.

Public school teachers have been largely on their own to invent online classes on the fly, with mixed results. Parents I’ve spoken to talk of dealing with several teachers at once using different philosophies, of meaningless virtual busywork, and of trying desperately to get screen time for multiple children using a shortage of home computers.

Some virtual classes have been great. Some have been confusing. Some children don’t have access to reliable internet. Teachers, meanwhile, tell of spending many hours a day preparing to make online learning work.

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Source:: Deseret News – Utah News


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