• arohi bhattacharya

The Coronavirus' academic and social implications

Updated: Jul 23, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic inevitably has caused a worldwide wave of destruction, both physically and mentally. Hospitals are beyond exhausted with their nonstop treatment to their patients, disregarding their wellbeing for the benefit of others. The priority of our frontline doctors is to keep the patients alive; their time to supply emotional support goes untouched. Tens of thousands of lives each day forced to prepare for the worst as scientists scramble to find a cure. The economy, taking a drastic punch to the gut as oil prices hit negative and DOW futures become bumps on a hill. Job losses are at a new level of demolition; every state invested in creating a refreshed life for their cities. Political rampages take place in forms of news presses, while reporters grapple with keeping their own safe. The POTUS, running less than smooth, fires his contradictions by the second at all possible targets.

Yet, Newton’s 3rd Law gives us a relieving sense of hope; For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Daily doses of kindness from communities are keeping the world alive during this pandemic. In every town, neighborhoods ban together to create a barrier for their communities. Friends put their tattered masks at use to furnish first responders in hospitals with meals and gloves. Small businesses, struggling to maintain their own financial stability, continue to deliver ingredients to shelters, their warm meals with a side of optimism. Santa Clara County’s apparent lack of immunity has given the community a stronger need to provide for us. Gratitude sprinkles the air as our city grows in the fight to get to those days when we can tell our grandchildren that we not only survived, but thrived in the pandemic, thanks to the generations who stop at nothing to attack the virus and its repercussions from all sides.

How will middle and high school education be a driving factor of the educational board’s response to the pandemic? Should administrators providing students with online facilities resemble even half of real, tangible learning? School education has nonetheless been a priority for district supervisors across the US. As soon as districts across California released their announcement to close schools for the rest of the 2019-20 school year, students raced to confusion for the future. Yet, while Phase III of mandatory school work reaches the end of its second week with the many resources provided, questions have continued to be left unanswered and unaddressed. Palo Alto Unified School District Superintendent Don Austin’s efforts to educate students and parents on his plans via Zoom only partially answer his own questions; what about the community’s? Various schools in other districts have maintained the letter grade policy, and San Francisco even ponders handing out A’s freely, just as the coronavirus has done to us. Still, Austin’s communication to the public has grown moderately, and teachers have given excellent resources on multiple platforms to keep their active academic minds beyond par for the future.

Lastly, something that we’re all anxiously discussing; the future. The necessary ingredients for the recipe of peace during times; confidence and positivity, especially in the discussion of education for us students. If we incorporate sanguinity into our daily lives during the shelter-in-place, we find ourselves in a beneficial position. Sure, taking up painting with a canvas and replacing ice cream sundaes with carrots may make an impact on your mental health, but we aspire an instructional approach. Using this time for youth and millennials to focus on perfecting their soft skills is crucial at this time. Soft skills are said to be essential for the future, especially the workplace. While communication and adaptability are increasingly becoming more indispensable with our families, it is nothing short of essential to practice these to have a successful future for us, the incoming generations.

So, while you and your community unify together to contribute what you can for the community, consider the academic implications of the future, and what you can do to continue the process.