With millions of kids learning at home during the pandemic, parents are facing new challenges. To help, a researcher with a research and educational institution says schools need to be more flexible.
Jude Schwalbach of The Heritage Foundation says schools have tried to recreate their traditional classrooms through virtual experiences, but the rigidity necessary for the traditional classroom environment does not translate well to home education.
"Families just—it's hard for them to keep up with printing daily worksheets, strict attendance schedules, and helping with daily lessons -- things that would be pretty normal for your average teacher," Schwalbach submits.
A flexible learning environment is often a key component of successful home education, and Schwalbach hopes schools will quickly see that.
"I certainly hope that they recognize that they need to be more flexible, especially if you have families just sort of opting out and choosing not to finish the school year," he says.
The research assistant also suggests that state lawmakers could help families at this time by providing emergency education savings accounts for the remainder of the school year.