The Economic Perspective: “Education’s Role After the Virus”

Mary:  I’m Mary Walden, with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at education’s role after the virus.  Mike, most experts expect the coronavirus will have long lasting impacts on our lives even when it is gone.   One of these impacts will likely be on education.  How will education change?


Mike: Summary Answer

  • Two changes
  • One is how education is provided – specifically, the mix of at-school education versus at-home education using on-line tools
  • Many think there will be more of the latter for higher grades – college and possibly high school
  • Some are skeptical if on-line is as good as in-person for elementary and
  • Second impact will be on re-training
  • Virus moved forward the future – where machines and technology will take the place of many workers – often less educated workers
  • See less educated workers have been hit hardest by the virus
  • So big role for re-training
  • I’m MW


Mary:  And I’m Mary Walden for the Economic Perspective, an NC State Extension program from the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.