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The Pandemic Pod Phenomenon
Jul 24, 2020 at 12:36 AM
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The Quick Facts

  • Amidst continued uncertainty over K-12 schooling this fall, some parents are taking things into their own hands.
  • Micro-schooling, a term that refers to tiny classroom sizes with personalized learning and close access to teachers is on the rise.
  • Neighbors and parents are banding together to form "pandemic pods." These groups hire private teachers to address childcare and education needs, similar to a "nanny-share", but with an educational component. Members of the pod agree to limit interactions outside of their circle.
  • The pod concept has drawn some criticism due to concerns that it could accelerate education gaps between high and low-income students.

Food For Thought

Are pandemic pods a net positive or negative?

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The Heritage Foundation

"Pandemic Pods" Are Fundamentally Reshaping K-12 Education

Lindsey Burke
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Chicago Tribune

Micro-schools and learning pods: A pandemic solution for teachers and students

John Mclaughlin
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Pandemic Pods Will Only Deepen School Segregation

L'heureux Lewis-Mccoy
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The New York Times

The Latest in School Segregation: Private Pandemic ‘Pods’

Clara Totenberg Green
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