News reports from 1937 show parents complained that radio lessons were too fast, assuming “all minds are of equal comprehension potentially.” School officials today acknowledge that many students, especially those with special needs, struggle with virtual classrooms.
Chicago’s shutdown in 1937 lasted only three weeks. In 2020, many students will miss three months of classroom instruction. The educational impact remains a big question mark. But studies of learning loss during summer break may provide clues.
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