Impacts Of The Pandemic On Education And Student Health

Impacts Of The Pandemic On Education And Student Health

With the sudden shutdown that the COVID pandemic had on a global scale, there has been widespread discussion of the impact on economies, businesses and E-commerce. However, little has been discussed about the implications for education, student learning, and potential effects on student health.

Students learn at different rates and in different ways. How a person learns has been understood to be in one of three ways: Auditory, Visual, and Kinesthetic.

1.    Auditory Learners: Some individuals learn more effectively by listening to how they receive information, meaning they learn by hearing.

2.    Visual Learners: another way individuals learn is known as visual. They need to see it to understand.

3.    Kinesthetic Learners: The third type of learning needs to physically do something to understand it.

Student’s can be isolated into one dominant learning method, or maybe a mix of multiple types. Remote learning does create hurdles to all three types of learning styles and should be considered how to adapt the lesson plans for all kinds of learners.

The Effects Of Remote Learning On Academic Achievement

Students’ displacement in traditional learning models has caused some difficulties for governments and bodies responsible for student learning. A joint private-public program for online education has shown some positives toward addressing inequities in student access to education. More collaborations may be the best strategy in dealing with the new normal of education.

Student learning is performing below previous years, as there are less time and resources devoted to education. Traditional subject matter retention, especially in long breaks such as summer recess, has proven decreased material and information retained.

The shutdown of in-person learning has heightened the inequities found in student learning. Factors that may be impacting student performance may be a lack of necessary resources to accommodate remote learning.

Other issues may stem from lack of additional learning assistance help, whether due to parents’ economic impacts having to work, or not understanding the material so that the parent can tutor the student, or even issues stemming from nutritional and food-shortages.

In some countries such as the United States, over 30 million students get at least one form of food assistance programs at school that are now scarce. Food insecurity is a major cause of learning issues as well as developmental concerns related to health.

Another factor that impacts student learning is the lack of access to health services traditionally offered on campus. Nursing services are often the first contact for students with their health, the first contact with potential child abuse instances, and other health services.

The lack of access to medical assistance and food assistance programs can have a harmful effect on student learning and may increase student pathology.

Increase In Pathologies Of Students

The problem with remote learning related to health is that having better access to educational resources like food assistance and easy medical access through school programs has a mitigation effect on students’ health.

As such, the impact that remote learning has on student health cannot be understated.

The correlation between student health and academic progress is between drop-out rates and graduation rates. Students that had a higher propensity to drop-out were also prone to be influenced by factors impacting their health, and the drop-out rates were higher in low-income and multinational households.

Perhaps due to the trend of student retention rates being lowered and the lack of access to health services offered in most schools, the rise of chronic disease should be seen as a hidden issue. Bringing to light the lack of adequate early screenings has contributed to this trend. Any discussion of remote learning benefits needs to consider the potential for adverse health effects for minority and sociodemographic groups. 

Pathology Explained

Pathology can be understood as the study of disease and its processes and development. By examining the cause of illness, how it progresses and develops, the effect of disease at the cellular level, and the disease’s effects, researchers have a better diagnosis and prognosis for future cases.

Perhaps due to the lack of institutional resources available to in-person learning, the increase in pathologies stemming from chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma, and others is rising. While those chronic diseases may be undiagnosed until too late, by focusing on remote or hybrid learning, the mitigation of COVID spreading has been, although not entirely, successful.

To better understand specific types of pathologies, the following list of the best blogs on pathology is organized for you to have quick access to all the most current important information.

The increase of remote learning and the uncertainty of when in-person learning will resume have led to an unseen issue. That risk is the increased risk of undiagnosed disease—before examining the student’s pathologies, understanding the underlying socioeconomic causes is crucial to understanding future risk with other students.

A discussion on the effects of remote learning on overall academic performance and student health needs further examination.