Social and Economic Impacts of COVID: Education (2023)


In this series, we discuss diving into some of the broader impacts of COVID-19. This week, we talk about the effects of the pandemic on education.

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The covet 19 pandemic is first a health crisis, but there's, no denying that this pandemic has had huge effects on other components of life today, we're going to address the toll covet 19 has taken on education, both k-12 and university remote schooling has highlighted.

Some of the existing inequities in the education system.

Not all k-12 students are able to access the internet at home, particularly in rural areas where broadband internet is not available.

Some districts responded by distributing mobile hotspots to students some had to have buses with wi-fi parking areas where parents could reach and their children could log into the internet.

For example, the austin independent school district has been deploying 261, wi-fi equipped, buses across 40 neighborhoods with little or no internet access.

But not all districts had adequate digital devices to distribute to students as is often the case students from underserved communities have faced the highest barriers to learning many students also experience distractions at home like loud, family neighbors or surroundings, but we're, not always conducive to learning in families with multiple students, taking remote classes and potentially with adults working at home as well, greater demands for space and privacy at home created challenges for many families teachers and parents have also had to work together more than ever to support students during this pandemic fans have had to make sure the students are able to properly navigate webcams and learning software and teachers have had to find ways to keep tabs on students often without having them there in person and parents and teachers have had to adjust to these new roles and demands despite their own stresses about adapting to remote work, trying to manage the fears of their own students and children when trying to stay healthy and safe themselves.


Meet many needs beyond academic ones, students facing food insecurity.

Faced a big risk when the pandemic first began according to feeding america during the school year, 22 million children rely on the national school lunch program for free and reduced lunch programs clothes in schools raised many questions about how these children would be fed when the pandemic hit school nutrition programs found innovative ways to ensure that in-person virtual and hybrid learners would continue to have access to safe and healthy meals, virtual and hybrid.

Students were able to receive meals delivered at home or along bus routes, or were able to pick up meals at designated pickup sites students, attending school in person received meals in the cafeteria or in classrooms.

But with social justice and measures in place, ensuring that students had continuous access to meals helped a lot of children dealing with food insecurity.

Students with special needs, faced additional challenges, special education, encompasses a range of needs from children who could use some help with reading to children with visual and hearing impairments to children with multiple disabilities.

For many students in special education.

Structured routines are very important to their well-being.

This was disrupted during this pandemic special education.

Students also have individual education plans or ieps, which are legal contracts between schools and parents that set goals for a child and outline the special education services to be provided in march 2020.

The government released a document that outlined the state's responsibilities to students their families and staff.

However, guidelines were not consistently enforced, which left the students and their families struggling to navigate this new normal.

This left many families with outdated ieps struggling to keep up with the quick changes made in their schools and their districts remote learning posed special challenges for english language, learners for deaf and hard of hearing students it's hard to tell what a teacher is saying or to pronounce a word after them.

If you can't see their lips moving over your video connection or behind their mask for deaf and hard of hearing students when lessons are pre-recorded, sometimes they are made available without adequate captioning transcription.

English language, learners might also come from families where there isn't a fluent english speaker at home.

And that can make it hard for families to stay informed about changes at school.

One thing the pandemic has made clear is that there is no singular experience and that what is good for some may be bad for others.

For instance, without impressing school, some students who are victims of physical or verbal bullying at school have found reprieve at home, according to the national center for education statistics in 2007, at least 20 percent of students ages 12 to 18 reported being bullied at school on the other hand for students who experience instability at home school can be a haven where there are supportive, adults and predictable routines.

Students also, don't all respond the same way to remote learning for some the independence and relatively lighter oversight can make it hard to stay on track and make progress, but others have been able to self-pace, which can be great for an over-scheduled high schooler students are also able to get more sleep since they no longer have to wake up to an early alarm clock to make an early morning bus pickup students of all ages have missed out on time with friends.

And in many of the extracurricular pursuits that they are passionate about the end of high school is usually filled with memories of bomb graduation and a fun summer before heading off into adulthood, but seniors of 2020 and 2021 have been robbed of these memories.

Some students, especially those from low-income families have had to take on more responsibility, either at home while parents are working or by getting their own jobs to help with economic distress.

While college students are older and more independent than their k-12 peers.

The pandemic has changed the education experience in a different way.

Some students have had to move back home, which means leaving their social connections as well as foregoing privacy while living at home, others have worried about traveling to and from campus, which could expose older relatives to the disease.

This has been an especially big worry for those who live in multi-generational homes students taking online classes can miss out on the in-person support and relationships that are more easily available in a physical classroom.

Many extracurriculars that are normally a highlight of the college experience have been unavailable.

Graduating students have missed out on celebrating their achievements at commencement.

And while many of the essential aspects of the college experience have changed during the last year.

The tuition bills happened raising questions for many students and families about whether the cost is worth it to them.

The effects of the last two years are sure to reverberate through these students lives for years to come, academically, socially and emotionally tackling the inequities that the pandemic has exposed and worsened will be an enormous job.

Fortunately, vaccination rates are increasing every day.

And with the recent announcement that the fisa vaccine will likely soon be approved for the emergency use in children as young as 12.

We hope that fall 2021 will have all students return to a safe in-person learning environment.



What are the potential impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on education? ›

A May 2022 survey found more than 80% of public schools reported “stunted behavioral and socioemotional development” in their students because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” a 56% increase in “classroom disruptions from student misconduct,” and a 49% increase in “rowdiness outside of the classroom.” All schools surveyed ...

What is the economic impact that COVID-19 is having on the world? ›

The crisis had a dramatic impact on global poverty and inequality. Global poverty increased for the first time in a generation, and disproportionate income losses among disadvantaged populations led to a dramatic rise in inequality within and across countries.

How does education affect the economy? ›

Education tends to raise productivity and creativity, as well as stimulate entrepreneurship and technological breakthroughs. All of these factors lead to greater output and economic growth.

What is the socio economic impact of COVID-19 summary? ›

Social distancing, self-isolation and travel restrictions have lead to a reduced workforce across all economic sectors and caused many jobs to be lost. Schools have closed down, and the need for commodities and manufactured products has decreased. In contrast, the need for medical supplies has significantly increased.

How has COVID-19 affected the education sector in the US? ›

In response to the COVID-19 , schools in the U.S. began closing down in March 2020. This was a historic and unprecedented upheaval of the U.S. schooling system, that forced schools to a near shut-down. At the very peak of school closures, they affected 55.1 million students in 124,000 public and private U.S. schools.

How did COVID-19 affect education around the world? ›

The World Bank estimates that before the pandemic, more than half of students in low- and middle-income countries were living in “learning poverty”—unable to read and understand a simple text by age ten. That number may rise as high as 70 percent due to pandemic-related school disruptions.

How did COVID affect economic development? ›

The pandemic was accompanied by historic drops in output in almost all major economies. U.S. GDP fell by 8.9 percent in the second quarter of 2020 (figure 3-3), the largest single-quarter contraction in more than 70 years (BEA 2021c). Most other major economies fared even worse.

How has COVID-19 impacted the US economy? ›

From 2020 to 2023, the cumulative net economic output of the United States will amount to about $103 trillion. Without the pandemic, the total of GDP over those four years would have been $117 trillion – nearly 14% higher in inflation-adjusted 2020 dollars, according to our analysis.

How has COVID-19 benefited the economy? ›

Temporary policy changes made during the pandemic — in the Child Tax Credit, unemployment insurance, and food assistance, health, and housing programs — boosted the economy overall, shortening the recession, and drove significant gains against poverty, lack of health coverage, and hardship.

What impact does education have on society? ›

Those who get an education have higher incomes, have more opportunities in their lives, and tend to be healthier. Societies benefit as well. Societies with high rates of education completion have lower crime, better overall health, and civic involvement. Lack of access to education is considered the root of poverty.

Why is education more important for today's economy? ›

Education, innovation and technology

Today, there is agreement that education, independent of innate ability, helps spur innovation and technology, and it contributes to productivity and economic growth. A key element in this process is that education is important to adopt the technology that produces innovation.

How does economic inequality affect education? ›

Recent studies show that the earnings gap between workers with a Bachelor's or more advanced degree and workers with a high school diploma has been widening. And this widening of income inequality is said to negatively affect higher education.

What are the social impacts of COVID-19? ›

Over the course of the pandemic, millions have lost jobs or income and have faced difficulty paying for expenses including basic needs like food and housing. These social and economic challenges affect people's health and well-being.

What is the education crisis in the world? ›

The global disruption to education caused by the COVD-19 pandemic is without parallel and the effects on learning are severe. The crisis brought education systems across the world to a halt, with school closures affecting more than 1.6 billion learners.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of studying online? ›

Summary: What are the advantages and disadvantages of online classes?
FlexibilityLack of face-to-face interaction
ConvenienceDifficulty staying motivated
Cost-effectivenessLimited access to resources and support
Access to a wider range of programmes and course offeringsTechnical difficulties
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What are the consequences of not going to school? ›

Major effects of lack of education include: poor health, lack of a voice, shorter lifespan, unemployment, exploitation and gender inequality.

What is an example of economic impact? ›

Economic impact studies estimate the total dollars, jobs, and household income generated in an economy due to a new activity; for example, a business coming to or growing in the region, a festival, construction of an event center.

What are the economic problems? ›

An economic problem generally means the problem of making choices that occurs because of the scarcity of resources. It arises because people have unlimited desires but the means to satisfy that desire is limited. Therefore, satisfying all human needs is difficult with limited means.

What are the effects of economic crisis? ›

A recession (fall in national income) will typically be characterised by high unemployment, falling average incomes, increased inequality and higher government borrowing. The impact of a recession depends on how long it lasts and the depth of the fall in output. The main costs of a recession will be: Unemployment.

How is the economy now? ›

How is the US economy doing? US GDP increased 2.1% in 2022 after increasing 5.9% in 2021. Year-over-year inflation, the rate at which consumer prices increase, was 6.5% in December 2022.

How did COVID-19 affect the health of the world? ›

The Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the global pandemic, causing Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Corona virus -2 (SARS CoV-2), has devastated the world resulting in several million infections and close to five million deaths till late October 2021 (1).

Why is the US economy important to the rest of the world? ›

Since America accounts for more than 30% of the world's economy, its consumers are very important. America is the biggest market in the entire world. Even Chinese companies plan to grow their economy by selling to American consumers.

How does the economy affect me? ›

Social and economic factors affect how well and how long we live. Social and economic factors include factors such as income, education, employment, community safety and social support. The choices that are available in a community are impacted by social and economic factors.

What are the negative effects of economic growth? ›

The negative effects discussed on the other hand include creative destruction, natural social tension, health challenges, increase in income inequality, increased pollution and a depletion of natural resources. Examples from various countries have been used to illustrate these effects.

Will the economy get better? ›

We now forecast that US GDP will expand by 0.6 percent (vs. -0.6 percent) in Q2 2023. However, the headwinds to future growth persist and are somewhat augmented by lower government spending. We now project that the US economy will grow by -1.2 percent in Q3 2023, -2.1 in Q4 2023, and -0.9 in Q1 2024.

Why education is powerful to society? ›

Education can help one form strong beliefs and appreciate the viewpoints of others. To contribute to modern society, people must learn about culture, history, and other significant topics. People who are educated can quickly distinguish between right and wrong, therefore reducing crime.

What is the most important way education can bring about social equality? ›

Educational institutions can also work towards equity by implementing policies and practices that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion, and by providing resources and support for marginalized groups. By addressing these issues, education can play a crucial role in creating more just and equitable societies.

How has your education contributed to who you are today? ›

Through education I've learned hard work, decisiveness, and persistence can lead to opportunities I never knew could exist. My education as a college student has shaped me to dig deep within myself and overcome mental boundaries. Additionally, education has shaped me to challenge myself at whatever I do.

How does the government affect education? ›

Students are therefore protected against discrimination based on race, gender, religion, or disability, or ethnicity through the 14th Amendment. The federal government also influences education by allocating funding only to those school districts that follow certain federal guidelines.

How does education help developing countries? ›

First and foremost, education needs to prepare young people so that they and their community can get out of poverty. Education in all communities, especially in the developing world, needs to involve parents, students, and teachers and address the needs of the local community first, and then society at large.

What are the major causes of education disparities? ›

The causes of educational inequity
  • Equity and equality are not the same thing. ...
  • Teachers are key agents for learning. ...
  • Most countries are very diverse. ...
  • Disadvantaged students frequently encounter unfriendly or overtly offensive attitudes from both teachers and classmates.

How does education inequality affect society? ›

Inequality hinders education access and quality for marginalized students, perpetuating poverty. Overcrowded classrooms, inadequate facilities, and discrimination contribute to poor learning outcomes.

How does educational inequality affect the United States? ›

Educational inequality contributes to a number of broader problems in the United States, including income inequality and increasing prison populations. Educational inequalities in the United States are wide-ranging, and many potential solutions have been proposed to mitigate their impacts on students.

How did COVID affect students social life? ›

The pandemic caused disruptions in routines and social isolation for children, which can be associated with anxiety and depression and can have implications for mental health later in life.

What social impact means? ›

Social impact can be defined as the effect on people and communities that happens as a result of an action or inaction, an activity, project, programme or policy.

What are the negative effects of online learning on students performance? ›

E-Learning lacks face-to-face communication

A lack of face-to-face communication with the instructor inhibits student feedback, causes social isolation, and could cause students to feel a lack of pressure. A lack of pressure is a disadvantage because it causes students to abandon their studies more easily.

How did online learning affect students? ›

Students need human communication support in order to maintain their mental and behavioral needs. This support can be emotional, behavioral, academic, or physical interaction. The increased use of online learning makes students rely on technology instead of interacting and communicating with others.

How can a school social worker influence educational opportunities? ›

School social workers offer counseling to individual students, groups dealing with shared issues, and families. Separately, in instances where child abuse or neglect is suspected, counseling services can help shine a light on what students need to improve their lives.

How can we improve American education? ›

5 Ways Policy Makers Can Improve the Quality of Education
  1. Acknowledge and address overcrowding.
  2. Make funding schools a priority.
  3. Address the school-to-prison pipeline.
  4. Raise standards for teachers.
  5. Put classroom-running and curriculum-building decisions in the hands of the community.
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How has COVID affected online learning? ›

During the pandemic, the variety of students learning online “absolutely increased,” said Di Xu, an associate professor of higher education and public policy at the University of California, Irvine, who began doing research into online learning before Covid.

How does online learning affect social skills negatively? ›

They may also miss face-to-face interactions with fellow students. For some students, this lack of social interaction – and the accompanying need to be self-motivated to get their work done – can lead to feelings of isolation.

What are 5 disadvantages of online learning? ›

What are the 5 disadvantages of online classes?
  • Lack of face-to-face interaction.
  • Difficulty staying motivated.
  • Limited access to resources and support.
  • Technical difficulties.
  • Isolation.

How does online education affect society? ›

Digital learning can improve the performance of individuals, businesses, and society by promoting vital, future-ready skills, such as communication, collaboration, technology, and education. Making online learning accessible for everyone from preschool students to post-graduate learners is in all of our best interests.

Why is online learning an issue? ›

Lack of Motivation

Due to the lack of face-to-face interaction, some students find it hard to focus during online classes. The physical absence of teachers or classmates takes away the sense of urgency and motivation that students need to attend classes on time, meet deadlines, and make progress.

How has COVID 19 affected students behavior? ›

Those findings follow a May 2022 National Center for Education Statistics survey that found more than 80% of public schools had noticed slower behavioral and socio-emotional development in students amid the pandemic — and as educators on the EAB survey reported smaller but still notable increases in observed bullying ...

What social factors affect student performance in school? ›

Students' academic performance is influenced by social factors. These factors include romantic relationships, student cults, membership in clubs and organizations, and sports.

What is an example of how social influence works in you classroom? ›

For example, a student may alter his or her behavior to match that of other students in a class. The majority-held opinions of a group of friends are likely to inform the views of new members to that social group. Furthermore, we are influenced by the requests of people who are seen as holding positions of authority.

Why is education important to society? ›

It helps people become better citizens, get a better-paid job, shows the difference between good and bad. Education shows us the importance of hard work and, at the same time, helps us grow and develop. Thus, we are able to shape a better society to live in by knowing and respecting rights, laws, and regulations.

Who has the best education system in the world? ›

United States. The United States takes the number one spot on the list due to its large number of prestigious universities and well-developed higher education system.

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