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Bullying, racism and being 'different': Why some families are opting for remote learning regardless of COVID-19

By Rebecca Collins-Nelsen, Postdoctoral Scholar, McMaster Children and Youth University, Department of Pediatrics, McMaster University
J. Marshall Beier, Professor, Political Science, McMaster University
Sandeep Raha, Associate professor, Department of Pediatrics, McMaster University
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The COVID-19 pandemic has provoked a public debate about the value of learning online for elementary school students. Much of this dialogue has been negative, with a focus on the experiences that children are missing by not being a part of in-person classrooms.

In an effort to learn more about remote education at the elementary level, we collected data from those with the most first-hand experiences — parents, students and teachers — in the form of a survey and interviews.…


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