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Virtual schooling exposes digital challenges for Black families, MU study finds

July 14, 2021 Contact: Brian Consiglio, 573-882-9144, consigliob@missouri.edu A new study from the University of Missouri found the unanticipated transitions to virtual schooling due to COVID-19 exposed the lack of digital resources among Black families in the United States, including access to Wi-Fi and technological savviness. The findings help explain the extensive stress virtual schooling caused for many Black families trying to keep their children learning and engaged online while at home during the pandemic. “What we found was parents and caregivers often felt disempowered in the rapidly changing environment, as they did not necessarily feel equipped with the tools or technological savviness to effectively engage in their children’s education the way they felt they needed to,” said Adaobi Anakwe, an MU post-doctoral fellow and the study’s lead author. “Schools were sending students home with devices for online learning without first ensuring families had reliable, consistent internet access to utilize those...

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