The pandemic that has closed so many public schools has forced teachers to balance their instinct to push students to reach their full potential against their feelings of compassion for the hardships they are enduring (“The hardest midterm test,” Los Angeles Times, Nov. 2).
Those teachers who are most effective in a traditional classroom are finding themselves particularly conflicted. They’ve never had to deal with anything even remotely similar. They don’t want their students to fall behind, but at the same time they don’t want to exacerbate the pressure they are under. It’s a no-win struggle.
I don’t see anything significantly changing in the near future. In fact, the toll taken on both teachers and students will likely only intensify.
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