Editorial: The long-term effects of COVID-19 on education – The Daily Tar Heel

Imagine being a student in 3rd grade. You’ve never used Zoom before, and your teacher with poor internet connection is struggling to share her screen. All the while, you’re trying to learn multiplication and division. 

You would probably struggle to learn under these conditions, much less retain the material. Because these are such essential skills to have, your overall foundation in those areas takes a massive hit.

The start of the 2021-22 school year will see some aspects of education return to normalcy, including the resumption of in-person classes and the return of students to campuses across the nation. Despite this return, the effects of the pandemic on education — both positive and negative — will extend for years to come, especially for students in primary school. 

One benefit of the pandemic is the expansion of virtual classes, as they allow students more