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Learning While The World Falls Apart: Education During The Pandemic

Desks are spaced 6 feet apart in a classroom at the CREC Academy of Science and Innovation in August, 2020.
Ryan Caron King
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Desks are spaced 6 feet apart in a classroom at the CREC Academy of Science and Innovation in August, 2020.

As COVID-19 cases rise, teachers, parents, and students worry--is school safe? At the same time, as many students engage in education remotely, many students are falling farther and farther behind, and the impact of that learning loss is disproportionately falling on nonwhite students.

On Where We Live, we've made it a priority to cover education on our program because education continues to be one of the most important stories of this pandemic.

Where We Live's Education Coverage in 2021:

Plumbers and electricians are essential workers with well-paying jobs.  And yet skilled trades face worker shortages and struggle to recruit young people. This hour, we take a look at vocational education. We talk with a teacher and a student from one of Connecticut’s technical high schools. And we ask a national expert: what can the Biden administration do to build up a new generation of tradespeople?

What would cancelling student debt means for borrowers and lenders alike? The Washington Post's Michelle Singletary joins us to discuss what you and your family should know before taking on student loan debt. 

  

We talk with a researcher whose report highlights the stark racial and economic disparities in internet access in our state. Governor Lamont has proposed universal broadband by September 2022. But is the state taking strong enough steps to put all residents on an equal footing when it comes to internet access?

Connecticut’s education commissioner is heading to Washington D.C. as President Biden’s pick for nation’s Secretary of Education. We talked with Dr. Cardona for his first major interview since the nomination. If confirmed by the Senate, Cardona will take the helm of the U.S. Department of Education during a pandemic that has profoundly disrupted the country’s education system.  As Education Commissioner, Cardona advocated strongly for an in-person return to the classroom in Connecticut. How will he navigate education during COVID-19 at a national scale?

How are faculty at our Connecticut colleges and universities holding up? We talk about faculty burnout, the impending end of tenure, and what universities will invest in, in the future. And the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system is in the process of merging all 12 of state community colleges. We learn about what this means for students and faculty.
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