Here’s a recent piece of mine in The Nation, on policies to address the current shortfalls at school and at work: Universal Online Tutoring & Pandemic Parenting Pay.

A Los Angeles Unified School District student attends an online class. (Jae C. Hong / AP Photo)

As schools go online nationally amid a recession, the speeding high-unemployment and home-school trains are on a collision course, with working mothers, their families, and the economy set to be mowed down at the crossroads. Unless we switch tracks, quickly.

This fall, many parents must homeschool their children while continuing to work at full-time employment. Those who can’t manage both—many of them women—will have to quit their jobs or reduce their hours, adding to the already huge ranks of the unemployed. In some cases, their spots may be filled by currently unemployed workers without child care responsibilities—creating a major setback to the gender balance of the workforce and leaving many families struggling on reduced incomes. … MORE


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