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Insects are an inexpensive and effective way to teach children about science. Ariel Skelley/DigitalVision via Getty Images Plus

Want to teach kids about nature? Insects can help

Insects are plentiful and inexpensive. Even when children aren't attending school in person, they can learn from the encounters they have with insects outside.
The late education philosopher Paulo Freire would have argued that online schooling further entitles those in positions of power. Nefandisimo

Renowned educator Paulo Freire would have questioned how we are schooling our kids in the age of COVID-19

The education philosopher Paulo Freire would have denounced the pandemic-fueled proliferation of online schooling as an affront to democracy and a further entitlement for those in positions of power.
Teachers organize their socially distanced students at Weaver Elementary School in Rossmoor, California. Jeff Gritchen/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images

Failure to shore up state budgets may hit women’s wallets especially hard

When the federal government doesn't intervene during downturns, the states often cut school spending. In turn, teachers may earn less or lose their jobs. And three in four teachers are female.
Siblings, as well as parents, can help young learners become avid readers. Klaus Vedfelt/DigitalVision via Getty Images

Teaching kids to read during the coronavirus pandemic: 5 questions answered

If families embrace reading as fun and routine and teachers work more closely than before with the families of their students, it's possible that remote learning won't be a huge obstacle to literacy.
Football players from Lee Central High School in Bishopville, South Carolina, share a meal with players from the Robert E. Lee Academy. Lee County in South Carolina is still segregated. Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Pandemic school funding debate in South Carolina rekindles Jim Crow-era controversy

The battle to expand private education in South Carolina amid the pandemic mirrors previous struggles over civil rights and highlights the ways systemic racism has undermined public education.
A Guatemalan immigrant tries to log on to his Chromebook while remote learning in Stamford, Connecticut. John Moore/Getty Images

For many immigrant students, remote learning during COVID-19 comes with more hurdles

Immigrant students often have work commitments outside class, and they may need additional language support. Giving them equal access to technology during remote learning might not be enough.
Dual-language instruction can help children grow up to be bilingual. Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images

1 in 10 US students are English learners

Without the opportunity to learn in dual-language programs, children may lose out on growing up to be bilingual.

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