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Remote learning isn't new: Radio instruction in the 1937 polio epidemic

 

October 4, 2020



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Katherine A. Foss, Middle Tennessee State University

(THE CONVERSATION) A UNICEF survey found that 94% of countries implemented some form of remote learning when COVID-19 closed schools last spring, including in the United States.

This is not the first-time education has been disrupted in the U.S. – nor the first time that educators have harnessed remote learning. In 1937, the Chicago school system used radio to teach children during a polio outbreak, demonstrating how techno...



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