An article last week in The Wall Street Journal reviews how successful, or not, the challenge of remote learning was (in the US). The results, in the most advanced nation, make for worrying reading, when the rest of the world is less well-equipped to respond to the challenges. “The problems began piling up almost immediately. There were students with no computers or internet access. Teachers had no experience with remote learning. And many parents weren’t available to help”. The article goes on to highlight what is a very logical conclusion but one that has not been appreciated until now, “being a digital consumer and a digital learner are two different things”. Neither schools, parents nor children have been ready for what they faced. The best thing we can do for the rest of the year is draw up conclusions and try and address these as soon as possible.