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Klaus Hurrelmann argues for more predictability in school planning

In an interview with Berliner Morgenpost, Hurrelmann suggests that the complete closure of schools would be the worst option for disadvantaged children.

Hertie School Professor of Public Health and Education Klaus Hurrelmann believes that last-minute decisions regarding school closures have made it even harder for teachers, parents and students to cope with the uncertainty of the situation.

“There is an urgent need to develop plans three or four weeks in advance and follow through to make the situation more predictable,” he said during a recent interview with the Berliner Morgenpost.

Hurrelmann recommends a hybrid model of face-to-face and online learning, especially for grades four through 10. The worst option would be to close the schools completely, he adds.

“Children who come from a home where they are disadvantaged, bullied or even abused, depend on their schools as a safe place,” Hurrelmann says.

Read the full article (in German) here.

Hurrelmann also spoke to SWR radio about school closures during the pandemic on January 8.

Listen to the full interview (in German) here.

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