Parents Need Support with Remote Learning

Parents like me across the city were already struggling just to support our families. Now we are also being asked to take on the additional role of teacher--a job for which we have no training, no time and not nearly enough guidance from CPS.

By Maria Sanchez | April 21, 2020 |
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Parents like me across the city were already struggling just to support our families. Now we are also being asked to take on the additional role of teacher--a job for which we have no training, no time and not nearly enough guidance from CPS.

Having to educate our kids is an unfair burden on all parents but particularly for those with essential jobs who are still working most of the day. How are parents supposed to feel okay not being able to help their children?

CPS should not leave it to parents, or even individual schools, to figure out how to manage remote learning. Computers and wifi are necessary to continue education while schools are out, and CPS, along with the city, should provide them--not just to households, but to every student.

Now that Chicago schools have been officially closed for the remainder of the school year, and we have now seen the huge discrepancy between schools and neighborhoods, all we ask is that CPS and the city ensure that all students are set up to resume quality learning from home.

Maria Sanchez, Chicago Lawn

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