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The Half Hour w/ YuYu Yuan and Spencer Travis: Ep. 21 - Coronavirus Pandemic & U.S. Education

Let's go, Extempers! Episode 21 of The Half Hour with YuYu and Spencer has arrived! You are at the right place to learn, grab some research, and improve your extemporaneous craft. In this week's episode, our hosts discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on US Education.


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21 | Coronavirus Pandemic & U.S. Education

-----Description of Podcast-----

The victim from the coronavirus pandemic that has been noticeable, but all too forgotten about, happens to be the U.S. Education system. Teachers are struggling with COVID-19 protocols in schools to ensure safety. Unfortunately, it is leading to unintended negative consequences from students leading to a possible shortage of staff for the upcoming academic year. In this episode of The Half Hour, YuYu Yuan and Spencer Travis break down the pandemic’s impact on U.S. education.

-----Sources from this Video-----

  1. Chicago Sun Times - Chicago Teachers Approve Deal to End Walkout Over COVID Safety Protocols -

  2. CBS New York - Mayor Adams Says NYC Schools will Stay Open while Officials Negotiate Temporary Remote Learning Plan -

  3. Savage Inequalities by Jonathan Kozol

  4. The New York Times - As More Teachers’ Unions Push for Remote Schooling, Parents Worry. So Do Democrats -

  5. The New York Times - Make Schools More Human -

  6. The Salt Lake Tribune - Amid the omicron surge, Utah schools are asking businesses for substitute teachers -

  7. CNN - In this Texas school district, parents step up to fill teacher shortage -

  8. The Harvard Gazette - Time to fix American education with race-for-space resolve -

  9. Aspen Institute - What the Pandemic Has Revealed About the Role of Schools -

  10. New York Times - Chicago Cancels School in Clash with Teachers’ Union -

-----About The Half Hour-----

The Half Hour is a current events podcast designed with the intention of helping Extemp competitors (and other Speech and Debate members, as well as listening for the general public) understand the importance of political, social, or economical events on a domestic and international scale. As Extemp competitors only have half an hour to prep a speech, the podcast is designed to brief competitors in the same amount of time it would take for them to prep. Each episode looks at both sides of current events while providing background information to help expand upon the issue. The Half Hour also looks into common questions that people may be asked relating to current events and will work to answer them based on credible news sources from both sides.

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Video/Audio Recording: Zoom Video Communications

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Edited By: Joshua Mitchell

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