One of the most unusual things about the COVID-19 pandemic is that it has forced schools to be closed and students and teachers have had to do their educating online. “Distance learning,” they call it. Thank goodness for the internet, right?

Well, it has enabled some education at least to take place, but from what I am hearing from my friends who are teachers and students, it is far from ideal. Of course not! Sure, we all whined and complained about “having to go to school,” but besides learning the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic, we also made friends and formed relationships, some of them having lasted a lifetime.

About the writer: The Rev. John Koedyker is pastor of congregational care at First Reformed Church of Grand Haven.

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