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Teachable Moments: COVID-19's Impact on Education


For South Carolina Public Radio, I'm Dr. Rénard Harris from the College of Charleston. This is Teachable Moments, a minute of education for students and parents.

While face masks, social distancing, and Zoom classes have largely vanished, the pandemic's negative impact on student learning may be with us for years to come.

Researchers at Harvard and Stanford found that students lost significant ground and reading, math, and history during the pandemic — losses that can't be regained by resuming normal instruction methods. The study also found that students from low income and predominately minority districts suffer worse than the appears from wealthier, whiter districts.

Researchers recommend additional instructional time tutoring, extending school years, summer school options, and doubling math classes to reverse the declines.

For the College of Charleston, I'm Dr. Rénard Harris.

Rénard Harris is an Associate Professor of Management in the School of Business at the College of Charleston (2022-present). He teaches courses in Leadership and courses in Managing Diversity. His leadership course focuses on the dynamics of effective leadership, positive influence, and clear vision. His Managing Diversity course focuses on exploring culture, experiences, and identity as asset and resource of those less heard and less seen.