Are There Any Positive Pandemic Outcomes in Education and Edtech?

There’s no question that the covid-19 pandemic has devastated families, institutions, and countries around the world. More than 150,000 people have died from the virus in the U.S. alone. In June, unemployment reached 11.1%. Schools at all levels have been forced to completely change the learning process to adapt. That new reality will need to continue at least through the beginning of the fall semester in most districts. In short, the coronavirus has completely altered American education. But has it all been bad? Two recent polls have indicated a few positive pandemic outcomes in education will be at work this coming school year.

First, polling conducted by YouGov on behalf of the education publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt found that, despite the disruptions felt last spring, teachers feel more confident to take on the challenges posed by the coming semester. Perhaps more importantly, teachers are also feeling greater support and respect from their communities.

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