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Be Nice to Tech Support

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Saturday night I spent an hour and half in a chat session with my wireless provider, trying to figure out why my wife’s brand new iPhone would not make actual phone calls. After long waits between messages, and two “technical issues” that required restarting the session, I went to bed.

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Learning Nothing From Pandemic Schooling

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When I worked in central office for the overly-large school district, this time of year (the fourth academic quarter) was when we began seriously planning for the fall. Between the approaching spring testing season and largely remote-control plans for closing schools, it was a good opportunity to look ahead.

Recently, the district superintendent presented his plan for the fall of 2021 that would have instruction “look as close to ‘pre-pandemic normal’ as possible” as the pandemic (hopefully) winds down.

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Pandemic Schooling’s Second Worst Idea

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If “concurrent” schooling is the worst idea to be produced during the pandemic (and it is), a close second are all the proposals (starting with the Biden administration) to resume standardized testing this spring.

In the Washington Post’s Answer Sheet blog Wayne Au, a professor in the School of Educational Studies at the University of Washington at Bothell and an editor for the social justice magazine Rethinking Schools, explains why.

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