Karleen’s piece “New Normal” provides anecdotal reflections on imagining a more loving and supportive online school environment. Her insights came after witnessing the compassionate and respectful space that exists within her brother’s online classroom, particularly at a virtual talent show. The COVID-19 pandemic brought Karleen back into her family home and social isolation provided her with the time and space to imagine a world that functioned in the same capacity for love that her brother’s school does. This short piece invites the reader to imagine a process of world-building that is based on unconditional support and inclusion despite individual differences and personal vulnerabilities. Karleen acknowledges the ableist reality of ‘normal’ education systems and her reflections provide a framework for which we can re-imagine a world full of love, support, and respect that is exhibited by her younger brother’s classroom.
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