Covid-19 hit the United States February of 2020, and just like our economy and President, the education system didn’t know how to handle this situation. How will our future generations be affected by Covid-19?
The first recession that many people remember is the one after 9/11. “For Gen Z, which is defined as comprising those born after 1996 by the Pew Research Center, this is the first time they’ve experienced something of historic proportions.” This is the first time Gen Z will experience any type of recession. But not Gen Z, since they were so young many don’t remember how greatly they were affected by 9/11. Covid-19 is this generations first recession and we are greatly affected. Covid-19 has affected many areas such as employment, traveling, the economy, and education.
High school and college students are greatly affected. “Whether they just graduated from college or are early in their career, members of Gen Z may have to rethink their path.” In order to limit the spread, many schools and colleges have chosen to go completely online. Freshman that are currently enrolled have opted out completely from the college experience. Either attending a state or community college instead of a private and expensive school or choosing to take a gap year.