We all know through media of all kinds that schools have been largely closed to in-school classes at all levels. Some are slowly opening but kids from elementary through college are not yet in school fulltime. We also are learning that the affect on students has been great – negatively so.
Just think about your own college experience, for instance. You looked forward to at last being on your own, going to class, participating in extra-curricular activities, making new friends, staying in contact with old friends and just having the college experience. That is not happening to our college students today. They are not going to class, they cannot connect with either new or old friends, extra-curricular activities are not meeting and they are stuck, stuck where they live, taking classes, such as they are, on line, no social interaction, no college experience. They are being robbed of their much anticipated college life. And by the way, if they had planned on a semester abroad or any such experience, that is down the drain too. And similar isolation and desocialization is happening to high schoolers, many missing out on proms, graduation ceremonies, all the things that create lifelong memories and friendships.
So, what’s to be done? The simple answer, is get the kids back in classrooms and open activities like they expected. Science tells us that the risk is small if not negligible, that going back to class and activities, living education as it should be, bodes small risk. So, my opinion for the day, is for goodness sake, go back to school and now.
And what do we do to make up for the loss that students of all ages have weathered this last year and more? I honestly don’t know. But let’s not add any more anguish to their lives than they have already experienced.
Teachers, insist on going back to the classroom, Administrators, open your schools. It is past time!!!!!