Tracy Renecker has been working almost nonstop since the pandemic hit. A kitchen manager with the 16,000-student school district serving central Yakima in Washington state, Renecker has been ordering ingredients, packing entrees and sides, and filling grocery sacks to build the five-breakfast, five-lunch kits passed out at the drive-up distribution point outside Washington Middle School, where she works.
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In March this year, 270 million Indian children were forced to stop going to school because of the pandemic. The sudden move into distance mode has offered insights into the opportunities and limitations of digital modes of instruction.
It found that, despite announcements by state governments of continuing to deliver classes during the lockdown through TV and online, over 80% of parents in government schools were concerned that education had not been delivered.
These findings are unsurprising in light of the fact that 15% of households have access to the internet in rural India; a figure that is even lower for marginalised social groups. Access to digital devices is also gender biased: just 29% of India’s internet users are women.
According to Oxfam’s status report, over half the parents asked found internet speed and signal to be an issue while a third said data was too expensive. This is compounded by challenges such as not having the right device or being unable to navigate the software. Overall, more than 80% of parents faced challenges in supporting their children accessing digital education.
Nazli Choucri is a professor of political science, a senior faculty member at the Center of International Studies (CIS), and a faculty affiliate at the Institute for Data, Science, and Society (IDSS). She works in the areas of international relations, conflict and violence, and the international political economy, with a focus on cyberspace and the global environment. Her current research is on cyberpolitics in international relations, focusing on linking integrating cyberspace into the fabric of international relations.
Catherine Drennan is a professor in the departments of Biology and Chemistry. Her research group seeks to understand how nature harnesses and redirects the reactivity of enzyme metallocenters in order to perform challenging reactions. By combining X-ray crystallography with other biophysical methods, the researchers’ goal is to “visualize” molecular processes by obtaining snapshots of enzymes in action.
Peter Fisher is a professor in the Department of Physics and currently serves as department head. He carries out research in particle physics in the areas of dark matter detection and the development of new kinds of particle detectors. He is also interested in compact energy supplies and wireless energy transmission.