Ryan Hooper, a high school social studies teacher in Baltimore City, recently wrote an article for The Dispatcher which addressed issues with virtual learning, especially those in “urban public-school districts.” In his interview today with C4 and Bryan Nehman, Hooper expanded on his article and thoughts about continuing virtual learning.

“In my view, we’re looking at a generational catastrophe here,” Hooper said in his interview. “I’m not exaggerating when I say that. This issue may seem like it’s a short-term problem right now, however, it’s going to have long-term consequences that will be detrimental for our society in the future.”

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Hooper addresses some of the issues with virtual learning, like students watching their younger siblings while still having to do their own work or having connection problems. Hooper also said he sees the number of students attending class decrease every week, and that some students choosing to work instead of going to school due to virtual learning.

“I feel that we are backpaddling to the days of the industrial age before child labor laws when low-income students go to work instead of going to school. That’s not the kind of America I want for our future.“ Read more at WBAL