As a student, I can say that students across the country either sank or swam during this period. For me, I kinda did both. In terms of learning, I absolutely sank. We have professors trying to explain how to calculate convection rates of various liquids through a 144p webcam and a mic pulled straight from an MW2 lobby. I'm also taking a surveying class where it's vital we go out into the field to set up equipment and actually survey a physical area. Instead, the professor does the surveying for us, gathers all the data, and sometimes we literally just upload the data they gathered back to them for a 1OO. Im not learning shit. In terms of grades however, they're offering everyone the opportunity to change grading to pass/fail so it can't negatively affect your GPA. Also most tests are easier and open notes. And since assignments are online there's more opportunity to uh find answers elsewhere. So it's a weird thing where I'll end up having a higher GPA while at the same time learning less. But a lot of people need that face to face component even if it's same material so a lot of people aren't doing well. I don't know anybody that's actively benefiting from learning online. It's either worse or about the same.
My brothers in high school have it worse. They're teenagers and need that social interaction that comes from high school. I mean my brother is spending senior year online. That's fucking terrible. So kids around the world are definitely having a huge blow to their development. Also college professors are better at operating technology than high school boomer teachers. These teachers can't even full screen a youtube video and now they're in charge of designing an entire course online. Not to mention they're not getting the support they need because everyone thinks this is temporary. It is temporary but they haven't invested anything in terms of material the teachers need to effectively teach.
So by the end of this thing at least a whole year of children and college students' time would have been wasted and I'm really concerned for the mental health and development of younger kids who need to be with others