A focus on 'catching up' implies a deficit on the part of pupils.
Layoffs and pay freezes next year would hurt in-class instruction and student progress when it's most needed.
Lost learning is greater in disadvantaged households.
The approach that schools take to addressing how to get students caught up in learning they missed due to COVID-19 school closures may have a lasting impact on this generation.
While cutting the long summer holidays would help working parents, it may not be so great for teachers who need to plan and do professional development, and kids who need a rest.