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Do ‘Pandemic Pods’ Threaten Equity Efforts?

Fears are growing that COVID-19 could widen inequities in an already inequitable education system.

The threat to equity from the pandemic was a major theme at last week’s virtual 73rd Education Writers Association National Seminar. Marquee seminar speaker Nikole Hannah-Jones, New York Times writer and creator of the 1619 Project, which reexamined how slavery shaped American history, took aim at “pandemic pods.”

Parents unhappy with schools opening with remote learning are organizing pods with five to 10 kids and hiring a teacher for them or rotating instructional duties among themselves. The concept is generating a lot of buzz among metro Atlanta parents.

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