Sifting through the mass of phrases, essays, long thoughtful (and not very thoughtful) pieces, one finds some sentences that clarify the picture. A sip of clear water in the middle of so much mud.
One such sentence was a comment by Bernardo Recamán to a facebook post of an NPR piece titled “4 In 10 U.S. Teens Say They Haven’t Done Online Learning Since Schools Closed”. Going beyond the details, the massive reasons (technological, cultural, sociological, psychological, economic) why in the United States (where online education has been seriously pushed and where one would think resources are not a problem) almost half the students are not following their online classes, Bernardo’s reply was perfect:
They are going through history, live!
Yes, absolutely. And we as faculty need to remember that and (hopefully) make some good use of this. Students worldwide are going through history, live, to a degree we older people only vaguely fathom.