Can we emerge from troubled times and make things better for the lives of children?

Alan Borsuk:

In both cases, what do those insights say about how things can be better than before, once we go back to what we used to think was normal living?

What can we learn from all of this about what makes families and homes function at their best possible level? How are we measuring up?

What are we learning about distance learning and online education? In what ways and in what situations do they work? What could schools and communities have done to make things go better for students during this whole episode and what could they do to prepare for the future or to implement some of the positive things in the future?

Why are some schools doing far better than others in getting launched into learning programs that have some genuine value? Money is one answer, but it is definitely not the only one because there are schools serving children from the heart of Milwaukee that jumped in faster, smarter and more energetically than others. Might it have something to do with the way the schools’ broad goals and the quality of the work of the educators involved?

What are all of us who aren’t educators learning about the work of educators and what makes it successful and valuable?

What are educators learning about the lives outside of school of their students and the homes where they live, and what use can they put that knowledge to in the future?