[ti:Many Students Not Taking Part in Distance Learning] [by:pzw8555.cn] [00:00.00]更多听力请访问pzw8555.cn [00:00.04]As the school year ends in the United States, [00:04.68]educators have been trying to get large numbers of students [00:09.60]moving forward in their studies again. [00:12.76]The concern is that students who were behind on their schoolwork [00:18.32]before the COVID-19 crisis will drop back even further [00:24.16]when classes re-start in the fall. [00:27.28]One of those educators is Tayarisha Batchelor, [00:32.24]principal of Rowson Elementary School in Hartford, Connecticut. [00:37.84]She recently visited students at their homes. [00:42.04]Jamie-Lee is a third grader at Rowson. [00:46.16]Batchelor held her arms out as if she were giving him a big hug [00:51.72]when she visited his home. [00:54.44]She told him how much she had missed him since the pandemic closed the school. [01:01.00]The boy's eyes stayed on his smartphone as they spoke. [01:06.00]Batchelor asked him what he was doing. [01:09.32]Playing video games was his answer. [01:12.36]"I like playing games," Batchelor told the boy as his parents looked on. [01:18.52]She then suggested he spend more time on his daily schoolwork. [01:24.28]"I want to make sure you are still learning," she said. [01:28.68]Almost one-third of Batchelor's students [01:32.16]have not taken part in the school's online learning program. [01:37.16]Batchelor said she discovered many reasons for that as she visited homes. [01:44.12]Internet connections failed; [01:46.56]parents were unable to supervise their children's studying; [01:51.36]students did not know how to use technology and more. [01:56.48]Across the Hartford school system, almost 80 percent of students [02:01.84]are at least partly active in distance learning. [02:05.80]But less than half of the population considered most at risk are doing so. [02:12.68]The at-risk group includes students with poor attendance records, [02:18.24]behavior problems, low marks or a mix of such issues. [02:24.64]School systems across the United States have similar concerns. [02:30.52]Some report that they have students who have not been heard from at all [02:36.00]since the start of school closures in March. [02:40.24]Bret Apthorpe leads Jamestown Public Schools in New York state. [02:45.96]He said about 75 percent of the system's students [02:51.08]took part in distance learning every day [02:54.28]and most of the rest took part some of the time. [02:59.40]But, around one percent, he said, have "fallen off the map." [03:04.88]In other words, they have not taken part at all. [03:09.04]At Clark County schools in Nevada, [03:12.20]about 12,000 students missed online classes in mid-April. [03:17.84]Officials took action to get these children back to their studies. [03:23.36]Even so, about 4,500 students remained uninvolved at the end of the year. [03:31.76]The head of the Clark County school system, Jesus Jara, [03:36.96]said some students did not have computers and others had gotten jobs. [03:42.88]Batchelor said the education effects of the widespread school closures [03:49.04]will not be clear until educators see students' work in the fall. [03:55.36]Nationally, research has suggested the shutdowns [04:00.00]could cost students about a full year of learning. [04:04.56]For now, Batchelor said, parents and educators are doing their best, [04:10.80]adding, "they might be having a difficult time doing it, [04:14.88]but parents want their students to succeed, and they want to work with us." [04:21.08]I'm John Russell. 更多听力请访问pzw8555.cn