As concerns about the well-being of children have emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic, education has proven a particular area of focus because of the transition to remote learning and the absence of unseen services provided by public education.
Kennesaw State University professor Sherrill Hayes, executive director and professor of conflict management in the College of Computing and Software Engineering’s Analytics and Data Science Institute, says it’s hard to quantify the impact of public schools because they offer children so much more than education—things sorely missing in the current environment.
“It is worth pointing out that educational institutions … also act as proxy service providers for nutrition, mental health, and physical well-being,” he says. “The COVID-19 shutdowns and return to school have highlighted many of these unseen services like meals, school nurses, and school counselors.”
Click here for Hayes’ thoughts on the importance of public education.