Edutopia: “‘The Human Connection Is Everything’: Dave Eggers on What He’s Learned From Tutoring Students”

One of our co-founders, Dave Eggers, was recently interviewed by Edutopia to talk about the new book Unnecessarily Beautiful Spaces for Young Minds on Fire. In it, he discusses the founding of 826 Valencia, the importance of these spaces for students, and the power of the human connection. 

Eggers says, “The human connection is everything. This distance learning moment during the pandemic has really proved that technology only gets you so far… Teaching in a room with humans is far easier and far more effective, they say, and that’s what we’ve seen for 20 years, too: That one human can adjust, can try eight different strategies with a student in a given session, altering their approach, responding to what the student’s needs are—adjusting, cajoling, strategizing. And encouraging.”

To hear more of Eggers’ thoughts on tutoring and supporting students, visit Edutopia here.