If nothing else, the COVID is shedding more light on the public schools:
Sherica Freeman said she has not connected with students in one of her American Literature classes since March 12, the day Georgia schools were told to close school buildings to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The DeKalb County School District, where Freeman works, was among the metro Atlanta school districts that decided to shift to online learning amid the shutdown. On March 13, she spent the day uploading lesson plans for her Stone Mountain High School students to use for the first two weeks of a shutdown now expected to last more than a month. So far, with at least one class, she said she’s got nothing to show for it.
“My whole fourth period doesn’t know where I am, what they’re supposed to do,” said Freeman, who has worked for the district as a teacher for 13 years. “It feels like there’s no real understanding of how these systems work … like we buy this software and never figure out how to use it.”
This is so much different than how Stone Mountain High normally operates! With 15% average total test scores and 22% literature scores. With 14% proficiency in math and 21% in reading they still somehow manage to graduate 69% of the seniors. This year, they’ll do it again, but with that trendy telecommuting! Indeed, there is no understanding of how these systems work.