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Remote Learning, Then and Now

An article in The Conversation, “Remote learning isn’t new: Radio instruction in the 1937 polio epidemic,” draws on the experiences of the Chicago school system in delivering remote learning – via radio – to its 315,000 students when the city was hit with over 100 cases in August of 1937. While deemed mostly successful, some issues that arose included access to lessons for homes without radios, changing teaching style to fit the medium, distracted students, and a need for more parental involvement. Sound familiar? The full article is interesting reading.