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Episode 34: Silver Linings

Adrian Florez

Now that most students are back in school in the Northwest, there are a lot of feelings going around. 

Many parents have watched their children struggle to learn from a screen. A lot of kids have become depressed, isolated and disengaged this past year. 

Most parents are thrilled to hand over the full responsibility of their child’s education back over to teachers. We are happy to see our kids get out of the house and into an actual classroom with people their own age. 

In this episode of Transmission, we hand things over to Oregon Public Broadcasting’s podcast “Class of 2025.” It’s following 27 middle-school students all the way through high school. 

The first and second seasons are an up-close view into the world of what it’s like to be a kid in middle school right now. It’s a beautiful and ambitious project, and you should really make the time to check it out. 

With just several weeks left in the school year, classrooms are coming back to life. 

But, there are students who have been thriving this pandemic, doing school from home, who might not be eager to go back into a classroom. Regular, in-person school has not been a safe place for them. 

For Black and brown students, school in normal times can be a source of stress. It’s a place where some students of color experience racism almost every day. 

In this episode of "Class of 2025," which was reported on last fall, Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Elizabeth Miller shares the positive experiences two Black students have had while learning from home.

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