March 31, 2020

Agent Rita Wirtz (Facing COVID-19) SPECIAL BONUS EPISODE

Your lesson, should you choose to accept it, is to critically examine what we are expecting of teachers, students, administrators and parents as schools are being shut down around the world. The special agent assigned to help you with this task is Rita Wirtz of Eugene, Oregon.


Rita Wirtz is the educational equivalent of Madeline Albright or Henry Kissinger: she’s seen it all, done it all, and weathered all the buzzwords and initiatives that have come and gone. I was honoured when she responded to an interview request made prior to COVID19, saying that she had an urgent message for teachers and administrators during this unprecedented time and it needed to be heard sooner rather than later. What follows is not a usual Lesson: Impossible episode, but an impassioned plea to do right by teachers and students in this trying time.


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