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Andrea Gabor

Schools Aren’t Ready for Online Learning

On-the-fly experiments forced by the coronavirus shutdown face huge obstacles, but at least there’s a chance to see what works.

Long way to go.

Long way to go.

Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Online instruction has arrived overnight in U.S. schools. And nobody’s ready for it.

The problem isn’t just that school systems shuttered by the coronavirus pandemic suddenly face the huge challenge of improvising home-schooling routines on an unimagined scale. Students everywhere lack access to online tools.