Education depends on safe, orderly, predictable systems—something that the COVID-19 pandemic undermined. It’s taught many of us how interdependent we all are and how interconnected our systems can be.
It feels like chaos, and it isn’t just our systems that are falling apart—it’s people, too. The mental health crisis among children that was already occurring before the pandemic is at epic proportions, with reports that up to 80% of children are now suffering from depression, anxiety, and other issues. Articles that “the kids are not OK” were followed with articles of how “the teachers are not OK.” But what’s really not OK are the systems themselves.