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How Covid-19 Has Changed Education

Meg Eslinger

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October 14, 2020


            Covid-19 has undoubtedly changed many things in our life. From the way we get to interact with our loved ones, travel, go out in public, and overall our sense of “normalcy”. One major aspect that has changed for many all over the United States is how their education is affected. Whether going to classes in person with masks on, or totally online, or even a little bit of both, education looks different for both students and teachers this year. 

“While countries are at different points in their COVID-19 infection rates, worldwide there are currently more than 1.2 billion children in 186 countries affected by school closures due to the pandemic”, notes Cathy Li of the World Economic Forum 

It’s no secret, regardless of the education option this school year, there are inevitable consequences and distractions students as well as teachers are experiencing. Covid-19 was something that blind sighted many people, especially those in the education system. 

EPI Economist, Emma Garcia remarks, “The public education system was not built or prepared for a pandemic like this. We lack the structure to effectively teach and provide students with that schedule and support students need in the classroom”.

Many unknowns are at hand at this point as the end of the semester approaches before starting the 2021 school year. One major question students, parents, teachers, and administration is asking is, “What will the Spring semester look like”? 

“School districts are embarking on novel experiments in learning, unveiling plans to reopen with new procedures for just about everything. But none of them are set in stone because the unknowns about how things will work far outweigh the knowns”, says, Valerie Strauss, Washington Post

At this point, everyone is experiencing lash back from the shift to virtual learning, is this going to be the new way of education coming out of Covid-19 for students and teachers all over the world? 

“Prior to Covid-19, there was rapid growth in education technology. In 2019, investments reached $18 billion and is expected to reach nearly $350 billion by 2025.” Regards, Cathy Li

No matter what the outcome of the upcoming school year looks like, it is likely we will see a technological shift in education and how students are taught on all levels. Alike many aspects of our “normalcy” many things will be looking drastically different to us coming out of this pandemic, as a nation as well as worldwide. 

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