Experience, Education, and the Public Sphere in a Pandemic

Dewey once said that the isolation of school is a type of isolation from life. He was arguing that school needed to value the lessons from home, to bring the real life of students and the things they are doing and feeling into the classroom, not separated from the classroom. What happens when school has to be from home? While most of the talk about fully online college is about what doesn’t work well –– our fears about student equity gaps, about students not feeling like they belong, about not creating the best situation from which to learn –– still, there are so many amazing things happening and that could happen. Perhaps the greatest democratization of our education system comes from our ability to learn from anywhere.