There are many victims of the Coronavirus. Unquestionably, the health and economic consequences pose the most significant challenges. But education is next. There will be a huge educational gap between students who used this time effectively and those that don’t.
In the geographic areas that we serve in Connecticut and Westchester Counties, we, for the most part, do not have wide socioeconomic inequality. But we certainly have student disparity within each school, So, for example, we work with the best and brightest in Guilford, Madison, Old Lyme, Essex, Old Saybrook, East Lyme and so forth but we also work with those who are far less motivated. From the early reviews of distance learning, those who are not naturally motivated are doing the bare minimum to “check the box” for assignment completion. But few are really learning.
As for the more motivated, they, too, face great challenge. Some will be competing for spots in top colleges. They will need to learn material related to SATs, SAT IIs, and AP exams. The current distance learning format is not adequate for most.