As officials determine how they’ll proceed with classes in the fall, many families say they don’t want to risk sending their kids to school, but also don’t want to homeschool.
Instead, some families are forming private school pods at home and are hiring teachers to run them.
A private teacher can cost anywhere from $60,000 to $125,000 a year, according to Katie Provinziano, managing director of Westside Nannies in Los Angeles.
Parents who work full time say it’s a worthwhile investment, but educators worry these boutique pods could cause an even deeper divide between high-income and low-income students.
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As schools scramble to figure out how — and if — they’ll reopen in the fall, parents who don’t want the coronavirus risks of in-person learning but are fed up with teaching their kids at home are pursuing a third option: Education pods with privately-hired teachers.
Research shows that keeping children from a formal educational environment can have potentially damaging effects, including depression and anxiety. Homeschooling children during the pandemic also disproportionately impacts working mothers.
Parents of younger children are particularly apprehensive about more Zoom-based learning, since it’s difficult for them to focus on a …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Strategy