Public schools across the U.S. have seen a dramatic drop in attendance during the latest surge in COVID-19 cases, which has been blamed on the number of cases among students and parents concerned about exposure.
“There’s never been anything like this,” Arthur Goldstein, a teacher at Francis Lewis High School in Queens, N.Y., told The Wall Street Journal.
The paper pointed out that Goldstein has been a teacher for nearly four decades and experienced the 2001 terror attacks and superstorm Sandy in 2012.
New York City’s attendance rate fell below 70 percent after the winter holidays. Attendance issues are not limited to New York.
The Los Angeles Unified School District reported a 66.8 percent absentee rate, and Boston Public Schools has seen attendance at around 70 percent since school resumed after winter break, the WSJ reported.
Hundreds of students in Chicago staged a walkout on Friday over the city’s decision to resume in-person learning.
“We need to be remote,” a high school student said. “I need online school because I don’t want to die.”
The Journal’s report said thousands of public schools have temporarily moved back to remote learning.
Mark Racine, the Boston district’s chief information officer, told the paper that the virus seemed to hit staffers as hard as it hit students and online learning allows students to communicate with tutors at any hour of the day.
TREND FORECAST: As they go online for less expensive education, fewer and fewer students will be attending college in person.
And, the homeschooling trend will grow as more parents work from home, are out of work and at home and/or they want to homeschool their children rather than have them indoctrinated in the woke new world of “public education.”
Thus, the “Interactive-U” online learning megatrend first forecast by Gerald Celente in his book, Trends 2000 (Warner Books, 1997), will sharply accelerate.
The current education model was invented by the Prussians at the onset of the Industrial Revolution to teach workers in mass production facilities how to read, write, do math… and follow orders.
With interactive education, students will be able to access the best and most accomplished experts in selected fields of study rather than the one-size-fits-all, outdated educational programming that is now the norm.
Trends are born, they grow, mature, reach old age, and die. The Industrial Age education model is dying, and the Interactive-U model is still in its infancy.
Thus, the Ontrendpreneur® opportunities that seize on its growth will provide great rewards.