Predicting a Post-Pandemic Future: Remote Working and Distance Learning?
This week Politico printed predictions from 34 “big thinkers” about what the longer term can be like after the coronavirus pandemic. (An affiliate professor of presidency and politics on the University of Maryland argues that “The Reagan era is over. The widely accepted idea that government is inherently bad won’t persist after coronavirus.”)
Others predict a future with voting from cellular units (and presumably larger voter turnout), and one creator even predicts a society that accepts “restraints on mass consumer culture as a reasonable price to pay to defend ourselves against future contagions and climate disasters alike.”
But a number of additionally predict the rise of telemedicine, together with the editor-in-chief of Reason, who additionally argues that the epidemic “will sweep away many of the artificial barriers to moving more of our lives online.”
The resistance — led by lecturers’ unions and the politicians beholden to them — to permitting partial homeschooling or on-line studying for Ok-12 children has been swept away by necessity. It can be near-impossible to place that genie again within the bottle within the fall, with many households discovering that they like full or partial homeschooling or on-line homework. For many faculty college students, returning to an costly dorm room on a depopulated campus won’t be interesting, forcing large adjustments in a sector that has been ripe for innovation for a very long time.
And whereas not each job will be completed remotely, many individuals are studying that the distinction between having to placed on a tie and commute for an hour or working effectively at residence was all the time simply the flexibility to obtain one or two apps plus permission from their boss. Once corporations type out their distant work dance steps, it is going to be tougher — and costlier — to disclaim staff these choices. In different phrases, it seems, an terrible lot of conferences (and docs’ appointments and lessons) actually might have been an e-mail. And now they are going to be.
Not everybody agrees. Author Sonia Shah argues that “The hype around online education will be abandoned, as a generation of young people forced into seclusion will reshape the culture around a contrarian appreciation for communal life.”
But the president of Vassar College even wonders if the pandemic can be a boon to digital actuality, hoping for a program that helps self-isolated individuals socialize. “Imagine putting on glasses, and suddenly you are in a classroom or another communal setting, or even a positive psychology intervention.”