The limits of learning kids in crisis

13 Jan 2022

Surveys show that the majority of German students feel hopeless listless and even depressed as a result of the long lockdown Homeschooling is overwhelming for many of them and some families are struggling to cope We visited students at home Every morning 14-year-old Catharina sits down at the dining table and tries to study Latin Math or English Her 10-year-old brother Philipp sits next to her He also has to study and likes using Catharina as a teaching assistant How are either one supposed to concentrate Their single mother can t help because she is a doctor and has to go to work Anna has it a little bit easier She is 16 years old and considers the time she has spent in lockdown to be the most productive of her life so far She can finally concentrate and work in peace Leandro is 14 and can't understand this He feels completely overwhelmed by the massive heap of tasks What should he tackle first and how should he do it He can't provide the structure and guidance he used to get every day in the classroom for himself and often has trouble getting out of bed in the morning an indication of early-onset depression Axel Rowohlt visited Catharina Philipp Anna and Leandro and also spoke to Felix their student representative He conducted a survey among students in Berlin with alarming results

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