After a tough and unexpected year of challenging situations, journalists for EdSurge discussed how schools have been affected by the pandemic. Tony Wan describes how public school districts have been greeted with budget cuts, new expenses, and outdated school operations that are not able to protect students from COVID-19. Along with this, both teachers and students face huge mental health issues such as burnout, and some educators are considering leaving the profession. However, he says that seeing diverse leaders beginning to fund schools is promising, as these individuals may be more likely to understand the struggles that schools are facing, in comparison to corporate leaders who are disconnected from the school experience.

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Jeffrey R. Young talks about how the pandemic has completely ruined the consistent pattern that students and teachers have been accustomed to for numerous years. Young asked six colleges to send in audio diaries to gather information on how college students and professors have been affected by the pandemic. He discovered that students found it tough balancing studies with their personal life, and that professors had to exclude content – leaving students less knowledgeable than those who took their courses in person. 

Rebecca Koenig states that remote learning to many students felt like a last minute option that was not planned or thought out whatsoever. She discusses how learning and attending school or university in person offers more than just knowledge and lessons. The connection that is built between students and teachers is completely absent in remote learning which is extremely detrimental to how learners learn and teachers teach.

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