Transcript for Researchers warn of the damage remote learning can cause
We're taking a look at remote learning this morning as countless American families face that prospect again in the new school year, and a number of new researchers are warning of the damage remote learning could do with some students falling too far behind. Joining us now to dig deeper into all of this is author and educator Rachel Simmons. Rachel, good morning to you. Thank you for joining us on this important topic. I want to jump right to it here. Some schools are already planning to potentially start the new school year with remote learning. How real is this concern that students will fall so far behind they won't be able to catch up? Well, we're seeing new research that's finding that the average student could lose up to a third of their expected progress in reading, and up to a half of it in math. This is really real. Some parents are frustrated because their kids don't want to learn. Other parents, their kids can't. They don't have internet connections. They don't have the right electronic device, and they don't have direct instruction from teachers and it's not just what they're learning. It's how. Learning is a muscle that we all have to sharpen with practice. So the less kids use that muscle, the more it's going to atrophy. We will not switch right back onto learning when this is all it will be a slow slog back for many, many families. It's like the learning is only as good as the resources you have within your own home. So parents who have to do this and have no other option, what advice do you have for how they should conduct remote learning? Well, speaking as one myself who has had many frustrated days, I would say the number one thing is we have to keep our kids calm, connected and invested in their learning which means, parents if you are freaking out, you've got to take a few minutes aside because if our kids are upset, they're not going to want to learn. Another piece of advice for you out there is focus on what your kids enjoy as much as possible. If they're upset, they're not going to want to focus, and the things that are hard to them, give it to them in small doses. You know, if they can't stand doing math, you don't want them doing an hour of math. Start with five minutes, and go to ten minutes the next day, and don't be afraid to use some rewards along the way. Rachel, quickly, what are some common mistakes parents off make as they carry out homeschooling? We don't have routines. Even if you are writing it down on the back of a napkin, here's what we're going to do this morning. Have some expectations and goals. Every day, let's accomplish two Very good advice. Rachel Simmons, thank you so much. We truly appreciate it.
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