After coronavirus, schools should get creative in finding teachers more time with students

By: | April 25, 2020

Michael J. Petrilli, a nationally known education policy expert and devoted Montgomery County parent, had a commentary in The Washington Post recently that apparently enraged nearly everyone who read it. The headline was: “Schools should consider keeping kids in the same grade this fall.”

Reader comments included: “I’m rolling my eyes so hard it hurts” and “My question is how this idiocy found its way into The Post.”

As outrageous as Petrilli’s suggestion seemed, I saw it as a plea for creative thinking. In my experience, the most desperate school situations often produce the most useful reforms. Great teachers I have spent my life studying usually make their biggest strides when everything seems hopeless. That’s about where we are now.

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