Lessons learned

Lessons learned

On March 1st, with our third edition, we set out on a journey through Costa Rica’s mid-pandemic education system. We called it “Lessons Learned,” and explored what the nation’s schools have learned under extreme stress over 2020.

March 2021.

Educating in a pandemic: a family tale 1, 2, and 3

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What has pandemic education meant to you? Have you experienced it as a parent, teacher, grandparent, onlooker? In Costa Rica, or somewhere else in the...

La Niña Gladys, among maps and numbers

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She was a teacher the way they used to be. Una niña de antes. La Niña Gladys de Durán (niña, or little girl, was...

Following in their footsteps

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First in a four-part series on education and the pandemic in Costa Rica. That grin: a mischievous flash under hair shaped into crocodile spikes. Curls that...

The power of a teacher’s gaze

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What is the most important part of a teacher?  What about her gaze? Bullying starts in silence. In subtleties. It’s glances, murmurs, a passed note, a...

Education, pandemic and inequality: transforming risk into opportunity

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Why is our March edition, focused on pandemic education in Costa Rica, called "Lessons Learned"? Because as journalists who seek to practice solutions journalism,...

Wild Backyard, a saving grace during COVID

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I have the privilege to work as wildlife, nature, and travel photographer, and as a naturalist guide. When quarantine started as a result of...

Inequality and the virus

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Second in a four-part series on education and the pandemic in Costa Rica, inspired by a 2006 series by our co-founders that followed three...

When a parent is the teacher

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The curtain is drawn back for us, though at the time, it seems quite dull: long, hopeful hours in the classroom before the year...

‘I see our school as an innovation lab’

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In a country with significant educational inequality—differences that have been exacerbated by the pandemic, when the lack of connectivity of more than 400,000 students...

The equalizers

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Third in a four-part series on education and the pandemic in Costa Rica, inspired by a 2006 series by our co-founders that followed three...

Those who feed our children

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What did you eat for your schoolroom lunches? Chicken and garbanzos on top of white rice in a crowded city school? Spoon-shaped orbs of melon...

Learning liberated: The movement for innovation in education in Costa Rica

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The first thing that strikes you as you enter HeartSong Community of Free Learners is how different it looks and feels from a conventional...

Searching for a Renaissance

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The final installment in our four-part series on education and the pandemic in Costa Rica, inspired by a 2006 series by our co-founders that...

They are the school

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Rebeca. Ariel. Ingrid. Gabriela. Silvia.  Rebeca surrounds herself in flashcards and pens and laminated charts, even if she is the only one who can touch...

‘We students need your patience’

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I will never forget the moment in March 2020 when they passed out the printed announcement at the Liceo de Uvita, telling us that...