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Have You Heard: Pandemic: School Closures Past, Present, Future

This isn’t the first time schools have shuttered in the wake of a pandemic. Resident education historian Jack Schneider on what we can learn from school closures past. Meanwhile, the absence of schools seems to have awakened even their critics to how key they are. (Psst: turns out that they’re not just places to develop *human capital*…) And what of the future? Resident paranoid Jennifer Berkshire says it’s never too soon to start fretting over whether schools will ever reopen – especially in states where pols have been feverishly focused on dismantling them. Transcript available here.

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Jennifer Berkshire

Jennifer Berkshire is a freelance journalist and public education advocate. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Baffler, Salon, Alternate, the Progressive, and Bloomberg EDU.

Jack Schneider

Jack Schneider is an assistant professor of education at UMass Lowell and the director of research for the Massachusetts Consortium for Innovative Education Assessment. The author of four books, he is also the co-host of the education policy podcast “Have You Heard.”