Coronavirus: Looser restrictions could make homeschooling easier during pandemic: expert

The pandemic has undoubtedly thrown a wrench into children’s education when schools shuttered to stem the spread of COVID-19.

For many parents, it was an added challenge of becoming a teacher while also working from home.

With the Manitoba School Boards Association doubting schools will reopen in September, one expert thinks other eased restrictions could be the ticket to helping families whose kitchen tables have turned into home offices and classrooms during the pandemic.

Dr. John Murray, a University of Manitoba curriculum expert, said it’s nearly impossible to replicate classroom-level productivity — especially while juggling work obligations.

Murray said it’s even more difficult for students who would usually have an Educational Assistant with them at school.

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“I would recommend even if an hour to an hour-and-a-half of some time of structured learning could take place in the morning,” he said. “Over the remainder of time that we have until June, that would be a really sufficient bridge.”

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