Tennessee students have a lot to say about education during COVID-19. Come hear their stories.
Kez Echols, an eighth-grader in Nashville, misses science lab the most.
He misses much about his life at Rose Park Middle before the new coronavirus spread quickly around the world and into Tennessee, shutting down school buildings likely for the remainder of the academic year. Kez misses his soccer team, seeing his friends during recess, and asking questions about poetry during English class.
“But I really miss science,” he said. “The last lab I remember before the whole coronavirus thing happened was on magnetism, where we built our own simple magnets using batteries, nails, and things of that nature.”
Kez’s school is doing some online work, but none of the coursework so far involves video conferencing. He said he hopes his school incorporates live teaching, so he can ask his teachers questions and hear from other students in real time.
He has a lot of other ideas for how to make education better for students during this time.
Kez will be one of 12 students sharing their experiences next week as part of a two-event virtual series hosted by Chalkbeat Tennessee and The Education Trust in Tennessee. We’ll hear from students around the state as they reflect on the disruption created by the pandemic and offer suggestions for parents, teachers, and community leaders on how to support young people during this time.
Here’s what a typical day in the coronavirus era looks for three of these students, in their own words: