COVID-19 has changed the lives of students, parents, and teachers

A 2020 student's entire education on a laptop

A 2020 student’s entire education on a laptop

Aidan Garvey, Staff Writer

Through this interesting time in everybody’s lives, perceptions of society have changed drastically. Grocery shopping is different, hanging out with friends is different, even going for walks is different. 

Masks are now mandatory, 6 feet apart at all times, sports drafts are online. But there is one absent thing dreaded by children everywhere, that now is missed more than anything else… School. Teachers miss their students, students miss their friends, and parents miss the silence. 

As school is seemingly out for the remainder of the year, and online schooling seems like it is here to stay for the time being. School is missed more and more everyday.

 Students don’t miss everything about school however. They don’t miss the textbooks, they don’t miss the notes, they don’t miss the climb up to C5, and they don’t miss the early wake ups. What they do miss however, is their friends. 

Junior Kyle Boller, claims that “Not being able to got to school and actually interact with teachers and classmates really affects learning and makes me miss waking up everyday and going to normal school”. 

Social Interaction, often taken for granted, is what gives regular education the edge over home education. Human beings are extroverts and people need people. 

Teachers miss their students, as even though they annoy them, they form emotional ties with them and build relationships over time. Although it is often said by students that “that teacher hates me!”, this pandemic has shown all students that their teachers really do care about them. Teacher Nikki Garvey says, “[she has] never worked so hard for kids to learn so little.”

Parents however, are sympathized the most by society. Normally they would be at work, and even though it is work, they secretly like the break from their kids from 9-5 everyday. Now, with everybody stuck at home, tensions rise sharply between people in the household, and the parents have to deal with it all. Parent Bill Garvey says, “[he is] happy that [he gets] to see [his] kids more often, but [he] also feel[s] bad for them because [he] know[s] they miss their friends.”

So even though school is often complained about in the United States, I am positive that students, teachers, and parents all want 180 days of school this year.