Leah Ritchie is a senior at Michigan State University with majors in finance and journalism, and a minor in media photography. Her journalistic experience includes social media and blog content creation, as well as research assistance on the topic of crisis communication strategies and media theory.
Remote learning meant to protect students and slow the spread of COVID-19 has spurred another condition: burnout. Online class formats and the widespread cancellation of extracurriculars are hurting students’ desire for school.
Classes are still in session, but students do not believe they are learning with the same quality they did face-to-face. Some say it is difficult to engage enough to fully comprehend the material.
Joslyn Kaiser, a senior at Gabriel Richard High School, attributes the problem to a lack of focus. “I do struggle especially because I’m in my own home and I’m mostly likely still in my pajamas,” she said. “So, it’s pretty much like I roll out of bed and join a class.
In January, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she wished to see Michigan K-12 schools return to in-person instruction by March 1. Several of the state’s best K-12 front-line instructors, designated as top teachers in various award competitions, say how they think that can happen safely. Some have already been teaching in person. Others are waiting to return. Janine Scott
Janine Scott, Davis Aerospace Technical High School, Detroit, Michigan, Region 10 Michigan Teacher of the Year 2020-2021, 11th grade math teacher
“So, I am teaching virtually now, no in-class, and the governor said that she would like for all schools to have something open for kids.
Michigan high school athletes and supporters rallied at the Capitol Jan. 30, appealing to the governor to end the COVID postponement of sports
A young crowd, mostly masked, was peaceful, in contrast to recent rallies at this and other Capitols. The students said that sports keep them engaged in school, lift their mental health in dark times and help some of them get into college.
Several who attended said they would like Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to acknowledge their #letusplay #letthemplay peaceful demonstration and their demand for a quick return to sports.