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Can school be normal again?


Dylan and Jerusalem are joined by Vox Policy Editor Libby Nelson to talk about the current state of Covid-19 and schools. They discuss vaccine mandates, rapid testing – or a lack thereof – and teacher burnout. Plus, a white paper about college majors and GPA requirements. 


Why schools weren’t “back to normal” this year

The pandemic caused huge levels of learning loss, especially in districts with less in-person schooling, and especially in poor countries

Can pandemics affect educational attainment? Evidence from the polio epidemic of 1916

Some schools are going remote on Fridays to address “burnout”

Schools cre closing classrooms on Fridays. Parents are furious.

Do school closures and school reopenings affect community transmission of COVID-19? A systematic review of observational studies 

Quarantines are driving down attendance

The “test to stay” alternative to quarantines

How school districts have used their Covid relief funds

White Paper: “College Major Restrictions and Social Stratification”


Dylan Matthews (@dylanmatt), senior correspondent, Vox

Jerusalem Demsas (@jerusalemdemsas), policy reporter, Vox

Libby Nelson (@libbyanelson), policy editor, Vox


Sofi LaLonde, producer & engineer

Libby Nelson, editorial adviser

Amber Hall, deputy editorial director of talk podcasts

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