Education in a World with COVID-19

The COVID-19 Pandemic is first and foremost a healthy emergency. Schools and universities are closed. This has allowed contact to be reduced and numerous lives to be saved. However, the short-term disruption is felt by many families. Home schooling is not only a major shock to parents’ productivity, especially if they are working from home, but also to children’s social life and learning. Teaching was moved online in just days with many teachers having to figure out a plan, having never taught online before. This has caused a lot of uncertainty for everyone. Many assessments have simply been cancelled, even changing graduation requirements. These interruptions will not just be a short-term issue, but can also have long-term consequences.

What are some of the impacts on families? While schools are providing plenty of resources for their students there are some difficulties. Many parents are working from home and have difficulty trying to support their child’s learning while maintaining a balance of completing their own work. Depending on the grade level of the child the parent may not be able to help them with a topic that they are having difficulty. Time management is another factor to consider. Since teachers are not used to teaching digitally so some students may seem to have too much work while others may seem to have not enough work. The biggest fear parents may have is, “Is my child learning enough to go onto the next grade level?” Children will make it out okay and teachers are prepared to pick up and gaps in education when school returns next year.

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