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Andrea Gabor

Online Schooling Is the Bad Idea That Refuses to Die

School systems are rushing to expand virtual “learning” despite the educational and psychological damage it inflicted during the pandemic.

Classrooms, not bedrooms, are the right places for schoolkids.

Classrooms, not bedrooms, are the right places for schoolkids.

Photographer: Fiona Goodall/Getty Images

Nearly all of the 20 largest US school districts will offer online schooling options this fall. Over half of them will be offering more full-time virtual school programs than they did before the pandemic. The trend seems likely to continue or accelerate, according to an analysis by Chalkbeat.

That’s a problem. School closings over the last two years have inflicted severe educational and emotional damage on American students. Schools should now be focusing on creative ways to fill classrooms, socialize kids and convey the joy of collaborative learning — not on providing opportunities to stay home.