The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Forced to Stay Home

Apr 20, 2020

As the days drag on under COVID-19 isolation, youth are being pushed in front of electronic devices for school. Only a few weeks ago, these students were walking the halls of high schools, gearing up for prom, SATs, spring break plans—in the blink of an eye it was stripped away.

For most students it probably seemed fun, at first, spring break a little early. But as the days and weeks have passed, the reality is settling in. For high school seniors, all of the memories, good or bad, created in those final months of your formative schooling, are gone.

For many students, working through high school provided income for them to go to college or begin a life on their own, but that has all been shattered.

For students as well as the older population, social interaction plays a vital role in the development and stability of the brain. Colleges are already looking to start school in the fall with no students on campus. Online communication and education are not an answer for everyone, and should never be a long-term solution.

Restarting or reopening businesses is going to happen, we’re not sure how or when, but in a capitalist system, profit will always be put before lives, as it has done for hundreds of years. What does this do for the students and elderly stuck at home? For them, reopening the economy doesn’t mean much. They still will not have a place to go.