Back to school or at home? The U.S. falls into the dilemma of starting school

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 Back to school or at home? The U.S. falls into the dilemma of starting school


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CNN reported that several novel coronavirus pneumonia confirmed cases after school resumption in Florida, Georgia and Mississippi, and some schools were forced to change their plans and turn to all or part of online teaching.

The infection of gathering in the resumption of classes in Colleges and Universities

September is supposed to be the start of the new school year in American colleges and schools, but Engeler, President of Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is in no way happy. The school announced on the 30th local time that it would suspend on-site teaching for two weeks as 103 students had been infected with the new coronavirus.

Two American high school students share the schools crowded corridor on social media. (screenshot of CNN report)

CNN reported that in the past two weeks, the school conducted 5000 tests and found 103 cases, nearly double the number of cases reported last week. Most of the cases were asymptomatic and a few had mild to moderate flu like symptoms. The surge in cases is worrying and seems to be related to students participation in small social activities outside school, Engeler said

Although there have been many cases of cluster infection in Colleges and universities, the U.S. government still refuses to stop classes. In response, teachers unions across the United States said the current school opening plan was for political purposes and was not safe. On August 24, a Florida District Court ruled against mandatory return orders made by the state government, a ruling strongly supported by the American teachers Union.

According to CNN, the Florida Department of Education issued an executive order on July 6, requiring all public schools in the state to resume classes by August 31 and start teaching face-to-face. However, Hillsborough public schools did not follow the states orders, changed the original resumption plan, and decided to only carry out online courses.

Novel coronavirus pneumonia cases were diagnosed by the US in August 31st, according to statistics from Johns Hopkins University. Capitol Hill analysis that the United States to return to school security calls are growing, with the arrival of the school season, the school opening debate may intensify.

With the resumption of classes becoming the focus of public opinion in the United States, more and more people have found that the prevention and control of campus epidemic is not as simple as teaching at home. After an interview with school districts, schools, suppliers, computer companies and industry analysts in 15 states, the Associated Press found that the United States faces a shortage of nearly 5 million laptops due to the surge in demand for laptops from distance learning. According to the report, the trump governments sanctions on Chinese suppliers have exacerbated the shortage problem to some extent.

According to the chronicle of higher education, as of December 22, 33% of colleges and universities in the United States have decided to adopt distance teaching completely or mainly, 22% of colleges and universities adopt face-to-face teaching, 15% adopt mixed mode, and 30% have not yet decided or adopt other teaching methods. Today, universities that have already started school are facing the enormous pressure of the outbreak of the epidemic. Some schools have to re plan their study plans as soon as they start school.

Lack of equipment is not the only problem facing American schools to reopen. Many students cant go back to school, worrying about American parents. According to a survey by the New York Times, only one in seven parents said their children would return to school in the fall semester, while for most families in need of care and education at home, four out of five parents said they could not get help from relatives, neighbors, nannies or tutors.

Schools are very unequal, but the ability of families to educate their children is even more unequal, time said

In addition, American educators are also worried that the postponement of the resumption of classes will further aggravate the inequality in education. Time found that during the epidemic, more and more American parents transferred their children from public schools to private schools. Private schools plan to teach offline, with the advantages of small classes and spacious outdoor space, continuous improvement of air filtration system, guarantee of virus detection and employment of more staff, the report said. American media bluntly said, schools are very unequal, but the ability of families to provide education for their children is even more unequal. Private schools with re opening programs have become an attractive solution for parents with strong financial capacity.

According to a survey conducted by the National Association of independent schools, as of late July, 40% of private schools in the United States plan to reopen for comprehensive offline teaching, 19% of schools are ready to adopt online teaching completely, and 41% of schools provide both teaching methods at the same time.

American families find their own way out

Faced with the dilemma of the new school year in the United States, some American families began to seek their own way out. The Washington Post said on the 27th that some American families decided to emigrate due to the closure of schools due to the epidemic situation, as well as protests against racial discrimination and political tensions in the United States.

Screenshot of Washington Post

Sandra Brinkman, 40, was born in

Germany

Immigrated to the United States at the age of 24. During the outbreak, she stopped her work and accompanied her young son in home isolation. As the epidemic in Germany has been brought under control, the Brinkmann family flew to Hamburg in late July to let their son attend a German school. In America, children have to be segregated, and they need their peers. We cant send them to schools in the United States, and the online learning options are not ideal. Brinkman said.

Also losing confidence in the new school year in the United States is the Cary family, who decided to move to New Zealand. They said the decision was made based on health and safety considerations. With the novel coronavirus pneumonia diagnosed in the United States, the education problem of parents is the most concern of parents. Children need to interact and talk to their peers, Cary said. The only people they can see (during the outbreak) are their parents, and we have no way to develop their social skills.

(function(){( window.slotbydup=window .slotbydup||[]).push({id:u5811557,container:ssp_ 5811557, async:true }According to the latest report jointly released by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the association of childrens hospitals, nearly 443000 children in the United States have been infected with the new coronavirus from the beginning of the epidemic to August 20. Among them, in the two weeks from August 6 to 20, more than 74000 new cases of children were reported in the United States, an increase of 21%. A number of public health experts in the United States have reached a consensus recently, suggesting that colleges and universities should leave college students in the campus for centralized isolation after the outbreak of the epidemic, instead of continuing the current simple treatment, just sending students home. In view of the serious situation of the campus epidemic, education weekly said that most states are using a variety of methods to start the new school year. At present, some schools are already open, and many plan to start from mid August to early September. Of the 101 largest school districts in the United States, at least 27 are preparing to postpone the resumption of classes by a week, CNN said. In some states, the decision to return to school is entirely up to local education and public health officials. (Zhang Min, Wang Zhili, haiwai.com) source: Qin bailing, editor in charge of aowai.com_ NB17208

According to the latest report jointly released by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the association of childrens hospitals, nearly 443000 children in the United States have been infected with the new coronavirus from the beginning of the epidemic to August 20. Among them, in the two weeks from August 6 to 20, more than 74000 new cases of children were reported in the United States, an increase of 21%. A number of public health experts in the United States have reached a consensus recently, suggesting that colleges and universities should leave college students in the campus for centralized isolation after the outbreak of the epidemic, instead of continuing the current simple treatment, just sending students home.

In view of the serious situation of the campus epidemic, education weekly said that most states are using a variety of methods to start the new school year. At present, some schools are already open, and many plan to start from mid August to early September. Of the 101 largest school districts in the United States, at least 27 are preparing to postpone the resumption of classes by a week, CNN said. In some states, the decision to return to school is entirely up to local education and public health officials. (overseas network Zhang Min Wang Zhili)