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Old 09-11-2020, 08:23 PM
 
Location: New York Area
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The development of Parent Organized Discovery Sites, or PODS to supplant online or partially-reopened schools threatens to upend the public school system, threatens to upend public education.

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As it became clear that most kids would again be learning virtually at least some of the time in the new school year, Lower Hudson Valley parents started sharing their frustrations on social media about a disastrous spring of distance learning and social isolation and their hope for something better.

Then, the buzzword started flying around social media: pods.

Parents began cobbling together groups of kids who would share a sitter during their remote-learning days for districts on a hybrid schedule; others looked for teachers to manage academic instruction for an all-virtual option; and still others wanted to leave public school behind and create their own curriculum, in effect forming a private "micro school."

While in the world of homeschooling, "pod" stands for parent organized discovery sites; the meaning of "learning pod" in the Age of COVID is hardly static.
Let's make one thing clear; I love PODS. I think that public education has become quite politicized and "politically correct." The life of education was being sucked out even before COVID. And as someone who was somewhat "bullied" back in the 1960's and early 1970's you would think sensitivity training would be something I favor. It isn't.

Now, in the COVID era, this will allow parents who are educationally motivated and have some resources to supplant a public school system now reeling from the COVID pandemic. Since they are parent-organized they will be able to filter out those with special needs or behavioral problems. Thus, inequality will be enhanced, not lessened.

When everything is not focused on COVID this will reduce the constituency for taxpayer-supported school. Another case where the rich get richer, the poor get poorer. Those supporting slow reopenings are hurting those they want to help; another typical perverse result. In a worst-case scenario, this will gut the public-service unions, and the public schools.

Not a good thing, but inevitable the way things are going.
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