Teachers, parents and students come together for “Disrupted: How COVID-19 Changed Education”
By Sydney Johnson
As an unprecedented school year ended, PBS Newshour Student Reporting Labs hosted “Disrupted: How COVID Changed Education,” an hour-long virtual special, focused on the impact of the pandemic on schools, students, and educators across the nation.
Hosted by PBS NewsHour Senior Correspondent Amna Nawaz, the show created a community conversation about the issues most important to students and educators during the pandemic including mental health, learning loss, disrupted school schedules, life after high school, and social media.
Eleventh grader Tiffany Rodriguez in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania talked about coming back to school after a three-month absence to support her family. Two other students who experienced learning loss were also profiled during the show.
“I have an 11-year-old brother in the fifth grade and a 9-year-old sister in the fourth grade. We’re all crammed in a fifteen-foot room all day for the entire school year,” said Amaral.
Carter shared what it’s been like taking care of his younger brother with Autism.
“People with Autism tend to be more strict and hard on themselves to get what they want out of something. Giving them patience and time will definitely allow them to participate just as well as any other student in the class,” he explained.
“This will be my 19th year of teaching but it feels like my first year,” shared New York educator Sari Beth Rosenberg
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Excerpts from viewers who engaged in the live chat on YouTube with Nawaz and the entire SRL community:
“Thank you all at NewsHour & Reporting Labs for taking the time to do this. I really appreciate seeing such a layered and nuanced view on education in the pandemic”
“I have to admit it has been hard with learning, especially online”
“Thank you to you all for your positive energy, resilience, and courage. You are our future.”
“Student voice matters! And it’s so great to see PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs provide tools and platforms for young people to speak up and lead.”
“Wonderful dialogue this evening! So much initiative”