Where Are the True Disruptions from this Pandemic? | Ray Ravaglia | 3 Min Read

Covid-19 has profoundly disrupted business as usual within schools, causing institutions across the country to scramble as they attempt to maintain services in the face of unforeseen obstacles. Operational challenges have meant picking and choosing which elements are essential to the function of school. In doing so schools have, knowingly or not, provided insight into what they most value. And while the pandemic provided an opportunity for radical experimentation, the lack of imagination exposed by the results has been profoundly disappointing. 

Wherein lies the purpose of schools? Typical responses, often enshrined in mission statements, say things like “preparing students to be informed citizens,” “developing students who can make positive contributions to society,” or “preparing students for success in future academics and in life itself.” One who did not know this, who only observed the activities of the past few months, would not be remiss in concluding that the ultimate purpose is to “provide students with instruction aligned to the state and national standards and college expectations” with a good dose of “minimize institutional risk and liability” mixed in.

To see the lack of imagination shown by schools, consider the question of service-learning. For many schools, particularly independent schools, service…

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Ray Ravaglia

Raymond Ravaglia, Chief Learning Officer at Opportunity Education, founded Stanford University’s Education Program for Gifted Youth, was the principal architect of Stanford University’s Online High School and is also author of Bricks and Mortar: the making of a Real Education at the Stanford Online High School. He has presented regularly at conferences on gifted education and e-learning for the past 15 years. He has published in scholarly and professional journals on different aspects of e-learning, was the 1996 recipient of the paper of the year award from GiftedChild Quarterly, and in 1997 received a Central Pioneer Award. Raymond has served as an external reviewer for the Office of Post-Secondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education, has been an advisor to the College Board on the subject of online education, and was a founding board member of the International Council for Online Learning. He received his BA and MA degrees in Philosophy from Stanford University.