Civil society in action

Monday, August 10, 2020
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

stack of textbooks (illustration)An education policy analyst is glad to see "pandemic pods" catching on with parents who are perplexed by what COVID-19 is doing to their children's education.

Lindsey Burke, director of The Heritage Foundation's Center for Education Policy, says the pods are quite like what homeschoolers have been doing for decades -- co-opting with other parents with children of similar educational needs and hiring a teacher for face-to-face education in someone's home.

"It's really been interesting to see how quickly families have pulled together to provide these resources, and I think it really is a good demonstration of civil society in action to respond to the challenges of the pandemic," Burke submits.

She says pods are a great opportunity for parents who want to have a greater awareness and say in their children's education.

Burke

"Parents can really be involved in directing student learning and assessing what their children are taught and hiring teachers and tutors that reflect their values and what they want their children to learn," Burke lists.

She urges state legislatures to step up and provide funding through things like education savings accounts so as to offer equal opportunities for children from low-income families.

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