August 29, 2022

Larry Ferlazzo: What Teachers Have Learned Since the Pandemic Closed Schools

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This piece originally ran in Education Week back in February, but as schools reopen, it seems the perfect time to revisit Larry Ferlazzo’s brief list of what teachers have learned since school closures occurred. This piece was co-wrote this with Katie Hull Sypnieski.

A lack of skilled leadership in many, though not all, districts has become transparent.

Adversity doesn’t always build character, but it reveals it every time. Ferlazzo points out some of the weaknesses in leadership that the pandemic exposed.

Our students are generally exceptionally responsible and resilient—perhaps even more than we previously gave them credit for.

Students turned out to be more flexible and strong than many expected.

Tech is not the future of personalized learning. Human contact and attention are.

Nominating this to become a poster in every classroom.

Many critics of public schools have seldom let the lack of evidence stop them from making their critiques, and not even a pandemic will stop them.

For example, the continued (and continuing) insistence that schools were closed because of teachers unions.

There are several more items on Ferlazzo’s list, all worth remembering as schools re-open for the new year. Read the full list here. 


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