There’s a right way to reopen America’s schools. It requires a clear-eyed look at the data. It demands a balanced discussion of the benefits and costs-to students, parents and educators.
And it looks very little like the path America is on.
“We really run the risk of drowning out balance by having this be ‘the people who want to reopen’ vs. ‘the people who don’t want to reopen,'” says Emily Oster, an economist at Brown University who has spent the past several months tracking coronavirus.