It’ll be a school year unlike any other.
As plans are being finalized, some districts will start the year virtually, while others are opting for a hybrid model of both in-person and virtual learning.
Despite best efforts, not everybody is convinced students can receive a quality education by learning virtually.
“In reality, no, I’m not very optimistic,” Journal Sentinel writer Alan Borsuk told WTMJ’s John Mercure. “This is just an enormous change. It gives new meaning to the term unprecedented…I’m not sure we’re really ready to do first-rate virutal learning.”
Borsuk says it’s true some kids will thrive in the new learning model, but fears for others who may be left behind.
“Frankly, it’s the [students] who have the most social capital as well as perhaps financial capital who are likely to do the best, and the ones who are most in need who are likely to not do well,” he said. “It’s pretty worrisome.”
Borsuk also acknowledges the challenge for working parents who have students learning virtually this fall.
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