Emergency online learning and inequity: developed countries | Tony Bates


I have come across a number of articles (see for instance Brown and Salmi, 2020), and received several e-mails, pointing out that a sudden move to online learning disadvantages certain types of students […] These are serious issues and demand a serious response. However, I want to make four general points, before trying to address some of the particular inequalities that are being associated with online learning:

• don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good …

A person who gets it. There will be inequality for everything we do. Everything. If the ultimate goal is “Nobody gets anything unless everybody has the same”, then we all die naked, starving, and cold because nobody will have anything.

Start something, then identify the areas for improvement and improve them.