The goal is to make most elementary and junior high schools open and comprehensive face-to-face learning
new York- A survey shows that President Joe Biden has achieved his goal, that in the first 100 days of his tenure, most elementary and junior high schools can conduct comprehensive face-to-face learning, but the proportion of students who choose to return is still lagging behind.
The survey was conducted by the Ministry of Education in March and released on Thursday. The survey found that 54% of public secondary schools provide full-time classroom learning. In January, the figure was 46%.
But even with this milestone, most students continue to study outside the school, at least partly. Four out of ten students study remotely, and two out of ten students divide between classroom and online learning.
This gap reflects a trend that has shocked education officials at all levels: Even if schools reopen, many families choose to keep students at home for distance learning. The survey showed that this was most obvious among black, Hispanic and Asian students, most of whom did not spend time in the classroom in March.
Education Minister Miguel Cardona praised this progress, but also drew attention to racial differences and said that schools must do more to benefit all students.
Among students of all races, the learning in March shifted slightly to face-to-face learning, but the whites had the greatest gains. Slightly more than half of white students study entirely in person, while black and Hispanic students account for about one-third, and the proportion of Asian Americans is 15%.
At the same time, Biden urged states to give teachers and other school staff the priority of vaccinating. Some governors ordered some or all of their schools to reopen in March.