We have no excuse for failing to plan better around reopening schools and virtual learning than we did for the fast closing of schools in the spring, which left many kids behind.
The past weeks have been a time for soul searching for white America. These acknowledgements come out of many conversations and reflections.
If we accept that during coronavirus campus closings we may cover fewer textbook chapters but can reach more children and families on a far more personal level, this could lead to new strategies to close the achievement gap.
As a community, Cambridge can get through anything, including whatever awaits us with the coronavirus. But it will require empathy and acceptance that any of us could be the victim and any of us could use help.
Endless debate means status quo, and moving toward actionable steps is hard, with compromise and sacrifice integral to the process. Here are some actionable steps to move forward the conversation about improving our schools for everyone.
Ideally, school leaders try to satisfy the most vocal while keeping in mind that what is demanded today may not be what’s good for the long-term success of our school system.