Affluent, liberal suburban New Jersey’s parents are in revolt, demanding their children go back to school, Andrew Rice (Uganda, 2002-04) writes in New York Magazine. Their protests are intensifying as the problems of online learning become more apparent.
“The stresses of the pandemic have exposed the dysfunction lurking inside every American institution, but nowhere are its distorting effects more agonizing than in the realm of public education,” he writes. “The nation’s schoolchildren have been conscripted into a vast improvisational experiment, marked by geographic disparities that don’t seem to correlate to any calculation of risk.”
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Photo: Children in Maplewood, New Jersey (Corwinhee, Wikimedia Commons)