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Partial Openings in Fall an Opportunity to Reset Paradigm

April 28, 2020

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As this Washington Post article notes, there is no one who believes that schools will fully open in the fall. Parents and teachers are both concerned with exposing themselves or students to the Coronavirus and there are few if any political leaders who foresee that sufficient tests will be available to ensure the safety of the students and teachers.

The article does a good job of offering a wide range of solutions, but in my opinion they al gal short for one major reason: they assume that the current paradigm for schooling will remain in place. The current paradigm, the factory schools with students batched in age cohorts, is a mental model that CAN be changed and an upheaval like a pandemic is a unique and perhaps singular opportunity to do so. I hope that this opportunity is not squandered in the name of expediency. Future posts will offer some alternatives for opening up the schools that are based on changing the dominant paradigm.

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