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Screen Sickness and Other Lessons COVID-19 Can Teach Us

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At heart, learning is social. It’s socially motivated and socially mediated. From birth, people learn best in interactive situations, driven by their curiosity, working with others to figure things out, together addressing problems that matter.

The younger the child, the more they need real interactions in real time and space with real other humans. I’ve known this intellectually for a long time, but am now learning viscerally that the younger the child, the less they get out of virtual connections, and the more frustrated they are by attempts to keep them on virtual task.

When schools were first closed to protect us all from the deadly novel coronavirus, I offered to create something I called Nonna School.

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