Is there a realistic scenario in which the next academic year (2020-21) looks like business as usual?
A tweet rant. 1/n
My advice to high school seniors: Take a gap year.
My advice to current college students: Take a leave of absence, at least for the fall, preferably for the whole year.
As a university professor, parent of a high school senior & college junior, & someone who spends most days tracking & analyzing #COVID19, I have been mulling over *every* possible scenario for how higher ed re-opens for business in Fall 2020.
School re-opens in the fall, students return to dorms & dining halls, professors teach in-person classes, and then it's winter break.
1. "But what if it's a regular school year after all and I've missed out?"
Response: Very small probability that it's regular, and college will still be there when you go back (minus some beloved people from your cohort, yes).
Response: Volunteer as a COVID-19 contact tracer for your local health department, learn a language or an instrument, earn money as...
Response: I hear you. It's a drag. But, less of a drag than starting school in Aug and coming home in Oct for (more) Zoom U?
Response: Behind...what? I really don't understand this one.
So, am I walking the talk at home?
Would I have required it by withholding tuition? I might have.
Will I refuse to pay for next year? Probably not.
I recognize the many places of privilege from which I speak. Also want to note my extreme risk aversion. Gap year/LOA seems like an attractive, well-priced insurance policy. fin