Amber Joseph is an educator and writer based in Brooklyn. (April 2020)

NYR DAILY

What One New York Teacher Is Learning in a Pandemic

A public school in Brooklyn standing closed during the the coronavirus pandemic, New York City, April 14, 2020

Already, before the Covid-19 pandemic, the United States was noteworthy for its inequality—throughout the early 2000s, during lean summer months, I remember the long walk my brother and I would take down to our elementary school for a needed free lunch. For many, the coronavirus outbreak is illuminating the fault lines of disenfranchisement, poverty, and disparity that course through our nation. But as colleagues at the Lower East Side school where I work reaffirm over texts and Zoom chats, teachers like us had always known where to look.