How Covid changes education

The coronavirus, with the consequent forced closure of schools and universities, shows new possible models for education. But it also reaffirms the effectiveness of in-person lessons

Everyone can see the impact that the novel coronavirus pandemic has had on education. From one day to the next, public authorities recognized that children could not go to school and ‘social distance’ at the same time. Neither could adolescents in high school or adults in university. But closing schools and universities meant creating a radically different educational experience. Home schooling was always meant to be an option, where it exists. Suddenly, it became ubiquitous.

The remote instruction

The emergency solution was meant to be temporary. Schools exist for reasons that go far beyond education. Not only do they provide children and adolescents with critical social experience, but they also make it possible for parents to participate in the workplace. Indeed, those other motives lie at the heart of the debate about opening schools while the pandemic is still spreading.

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