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Moscow kids get teachers on screen, but trainees in class. Will it work?

"We’ve discovered a lot about how technology can assist, but there will never be any replacement for personal contact,” says Yelena Ivanova, a social studies teacher with 30 years experience at School No. 1580 in Moscow. Source: Fred Weir

All across Moscow, schools are mostly empty amid the city’s raging second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, as city government orders older pupils and staff to shelter at home and continue their studies online.

But, in a controversial move, Moscow officials have decreed that younger pupils cannot afford a repeat of the spring’s total lockdown. Rather, students in grades one to six need to have regular classes and daily face time with teachers.

That has led to an unusual experiment in Moscow’s schools.

Inside one of those – School No. 1580, a large, sprawling grade school that occupies most of a block in a leafy neighborhood in the center of the city – healthy young volunteers have been recruited from Moscow’s several pedagogical colleges and universities, which train teachers, to

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