Stanford Pulitzer Winner David Kennedy on Lessons for COVID-19 from the 1918 Flu Epidemic & Great Depression

This week on “The Learning Curve” Cara and Gerard continue coverage of COVID-19’s impact on K-12 education, joined by Pulitzer-winning historian David Kennedy, the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History Emeritus at Stanford University. Professor Kennedy describes some of the distinguishing characteristics of the COVID-19 pandemic, compared to the 1918 flu and the Bubonic Plague in terms of rapidity, scale, mortality rate, and death toll. They also delve into differences, such as our society’s technological advancements, that help ease the disruption; governments’ data gathering capacity to fully understand the impact, and ability to mobilize; and the credibility of our leadership and institutions. They explore whether public health crises have received sufficient attention in K-12 history instruction, and what goes unreported in most accounts; and discuss the delicate balance between protecting civil liberties while avoiding the dangers of spreading misinformation.

Stories of the Week: The Florida Virtual School is gearing up to train teachers to deliver over 100 K-12 courses in mathematics, English language arts, history, science, electives, Advanced Placement, and career and technical education to 2.7 million students, at no cost, until June 30. A Gallup survey reveals that 42 percent of parents are concerned about COVID-19 school closures’ negative impact on their child’s education, and 11 percent are not using any educational resources to fill the instructional gap.

Newsmaker Interview Guest:

David Kennedy is the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History Emeritus at Stan­ford University. Professor Kennedy received the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1988. He is the current editor (since 1999) of the Oxford History of the United States series. Kennedy was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for History in 2000 for Free­dom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War. His book Over Here: The First World War and American Society explored America’s political, economic, and domestic life during World War I. Kennedy received his B.A. in History from Stanford University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University.

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The next episode will air on April 10th with guest, Tim Keller, a Senior Attorney at Institute for Justice.

Newslinks

By May, nearly 3 million Florida K-12 students may be using state’s digital district curriculum | Florida | thecentersquare.com

https://www.thecentersquare.com/florida/by-may-nearly-3-million-florida-k-12-students-may-be-using-states-digital-district/article_5877075e-7393-11ea-94ad-0f125f3466e8.html

 42% of Parents Worry COVID-19 Will Affect Child’s Education

https://news.gallup.com/poll/305819/parents-worry-covid-affect-child-education.aspx

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  1. colleenb Member
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    I realize I actually read Professor Kennedy’s book Over Here. Enjoyed the historical perspective on our current crisis.

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    • April 3, 2020, at 11:58 AM PDT
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