September 2, 2020
Back to school? Or not back to school? That is the question….
In the first half of 2020, 188 countries temporarily closedtheir schools to slow down the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Suddenly, morethan 1.5 billion young people were on their own or following classes online.Many school re-openings since then have continued to be disrupted by the virus:some have had to switch back to remote learning just days after resumingclasses as infection rates ramped up. What are the trade-offs between gettingkids back to school and keeping communities healthy? How can schools adapt tothe coronavirus? And will this virus radically and permanently change the waywe learn and teach? Andreas Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills atthe OECD, weighs in.