Coaching for Literacy
At Coaching for Literacy, we believe that if a child can read at grade level at the end of the third grade, the child's chances for future success skyrocket. We are all about reading. In fact, we do a lot of reading about reading. And because you're here, we can read into that that you're interested in reading too. So we present some links to reading we've done about reading, so you too can do some reading about reading.
Today, we are thinking about schools reopening.
The Washington Post published a story to their Education section highlighting families providing an alternative solution for their children’s education this fall – bring the teachers into the home – by forming “pandemic pods” and clusters. Many are worried about the health concerns that exist when schools reopen. But this is another example of how the education gap will continue to widen between those that have and those that have not.
Not everyone can afford truly private education, and these arrangements are raising concerns that this is just another way that the pandemic is exacerbating inequities that course through the educational system. Already, low-income children struggle for access to computers and WiFi service and face pressures at home that wealthy families do not. Now this.
These arrangements will allow children with affluent parents and connections to get ahead even as the system makes it harder for other children, said L’Heureux Lewis-McCoy, a sociology of education professor at New York University. He calls it a fresh example of “opportunity hoarding.”
A parent is the best advocate for their child and will make the decisions that are in the interest of their student. We will always be in support of this. But the pandemic pods are raising other questions about equity to families without the means for private schooling. Cheers to the Oakland mom cited asking parents to consider inviting children from families that cannot afford private schooling as a “concrete way we can and must use our privilege to prevent worsening inequality”.
For more on Pandemic Pods, check out Clara Totenberg Green’s point of view in the NY Times. Ms. Green is a social and emotional learning specialist in Atlanta Public Schools.
Safer Environments for Students
This opinion piece in the Daily Memphian by Leah Windsor asks questions about the plan to reopen Shelby County Schools. She asks nine questions specific to the school district’s reopening plan but several are ones we should be asking to create better environments for our students. Pandemic, or not. A few of Leah’s are here and then follow-up ones we’re thinking about…
Kudos to a group in Detroit called Rx for Reading Detroit. The group has gotten together with two community partners during the COVID-19 crisis to make sure pre-schoolers in poor neighborhoods were getting not only food, but also books.
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