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Back to school for some. Private learning pods for others.

THE CANADIAN PRESS

In today’s Big Story podcast, it’s been a chaotic and eventful—and still not yet close to done—return to schools across Canada. A majority of parents have chosen to return their kids to the classroom.

Other have opted for remote learning either by necessity or preference. And then there are the private pods—small bubbles of a few families, taught by a teacher hired to work privately.

Of course, having the means to afford private instructions for your kids is a privilege. It’s a sign of inequality in education access. And if the pandemic lingers and drives more families to this solution, it could potentially undermine the school system. But should any of that matter to parents whose first job is to keep their children safe in the best environment possible?

GUEST: Matt Gurney, National Post, Code 47

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