The year 2020 sparked massive change in education as a result of the pandemic, equal parts highlighting innovative ways of teaching kids as well as the ways in which education has fallen short. Prior to this year, the way in which students in the U.S. are educated has remained steady over the past century. However, educators are now taking another look at what can be done to improve.
Among the many, necessary changes was the need to reach and stay connected with students. Glaring issues were immediately apparent once districts went virtual: in disenfranchised areas, enrollment immediately dropped. Student learning was impacted, with many missing an entire grade or more worth of learning. Lack of access to a computer or internet connection was a major culprit, as well as a lack of means for schools themselves to implement ways to stay connected with their students. The issues are only the latest amongst several - - in 2018, the U.S. ranked 38th in the world in math scores and 24th in science.
This has led to fresh looks into how issues such as redlining have impacted the education system in America, and a recent infrastructure survey reported more than 100,000 are in immediate need of ventilation upgrades in order to provide the best health environment for students.
So, what are the available solutions?
As a result of the American Rescue Plan, the country’s schools now have the available funds to address several key issues. But will they? What would an overhauled education system look like?
Join us for a virtual forum at the City Club as a Youth Forum panel explains the ways in which education can continue innovating and improving post-COVID-19.
The livestream will be available beginning at 12:00 p.m. Have questions? Tweet them at @CityClubYouth or send a text to 330.541.5794.