January 13, 2021
The authors argue that students are not experiencing learning loss during the pandemic but rather school and peer interaction loss. They contend that students are not failing more; the system is. While students are not necessarily learning what is typically measured in school, students are learning—under constraints, about the human condition, in communities, and in the digital world. From a perspective that schools and districts will never get back to where they were, the authors offer next-steps for renewing learning communities and learning outcomes with families and community partners, using the pandemic as an opportunity, not a setback.