The ‘Enrichment Gap’ Is Widening. Students’ Social-Emotional Development Is at Risk.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, there’s been a lot of discussion about digital equity in U.S. public schools. But the virus has drastically expanded another gap that is key to children’s learning and wellbeing: out-of-school enrichment. Through enrichment, children form bonds with peers and mentors and find sustenance for their passions, interests and social-emotional development. At the Connected Learning Lab at the University of California, Irvine, we have conducted many studies of out-of-school programs that serve Black/BIPOC and low-income youth. Community-based organizations, such as Boys and Girls Clubs, The Clubhouse Network and YOUmedia Learning Labs, are safe spaces where young people can stop by after school to hang out with friends, get help with homework, take enrichment classes and grab a snack.
오늘부터 등교 인원 3분의 2로 완화…일부 학교 ‘전면 등교’
19일부터 전국 학교의 등교 인원이 3분의 2로 완화된다. 교육계에 따르면, 이날부터 수도권 포함 전국 유치원과 초·중·고교에서 한 번에 등교 가능한 인원이 3분의 2로 확대된다. 다만 비수도권에서는 모든 학생이 매일 학교에 가는 전면 등교도 가능하다. 코로나19 지역 감염 위험이 상대적으로 높은 수도권을 제외한 곳에서는 학교나 지역 여건에 따라 밀집도를 조정할 수 있어서다. 밀집도 3분의 2 원칙을 준수해야 하는 수도권 지역 교육청들은 정해진 밀집도 안에서 초등 저학년을 중심으로 등교를 확대하겠다는 입장이다. 서울시교육청은 특히 ‘학교 입문기’인 초등학교 1학년은 매일, 2~6학년은 주2~4일 등교하도록 했다. 인천교육청도 초1은 매일 등교토록 했으며, 경기도교육청 역시 초1~2는 매일 또는 주 4회 등교를 추진한다.
Why the world must urgently strengthen learning and protect finance for education
“generational catastrophe”. That is what UN Secretary-General António Guterres called the unprecedented education crisis looming over millions of learners across the planet, in his UNESCO-led Policy Brief launched alongside the #SaveOurFuture campaign in August. The COVID-19 pandemic has created the most severe sruption to global education systems in history, forcing more than 1.6 billion learners in more than 190 countries out of school at the peak of the crisis. It threatens the future of a generation with 24 million children and youth at risk of dropping out. This pandemic has brought to light already-existing challenges to education that have not adequately addressed for far too long. It has highlighted alarming inequalities within and across countries that must be tackled urgently in order to guarantee everyone’s fundamental right to quality education.
Government must go further on adult skills training
If you blinked on Wednesday, you could be forgiven for missing the government’s long-awaited response to the 2019 Augar review of post-18 education and training. The proposed measures aim to transform the education and skills system, prepare workers for the post-Covid world and ensure that there are enough people with the right skills for the UK economy to thrive. Importantly, the government announced the creation of a four-year lifelong learning allowance, which students can use to fund studies on different courses, at different institutions, at any time during their adult life.
College Enrollment Slid This Fall, With First-Year Populations Down 16%
Undergraduate enrollment tumbled this fall at many colleges and universities around the country, dragged down by a sharp drop in first-year students whose school plans were upended by the coronavirus pandemic. Overall, undergraduate populations shrank by 4%, and first-year student counts fell by 16.1%, according to new data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Graduate enrollment increased by 2.7%. The tally includes 9.2 million students, from more than half of schools that report data to the Clearinghouse.