271 - What the Pandemic Taught Gen Z

Posted August 23, 2021 by Mark Perna

Episode: 271

Episode Title: What the Pandemic Taught Gen Z

Did the pandemic weaken Generation Z—or teach them resilience? A new study provides some insight, coming up next on The Perna Syndicate.

 

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Hello and welcome to The Perna Syndicate! Every school year starts with a lot of unknowns, but this one more than most. One of the biggest questions is this: how are students going to cope with yet another disrupted year?

 

The pandemic has created huge difficulties for students, parents, and educators—and they’re not all behind us. The COVID learning loss is one of these challenges, as the sudden switch to remote learning was a tough transition for many. But there are also some positive things coming out of this whole experience. 

 

The textbook publisher Pearson recently surveyed 6,000 college students and parents of school-age children about their outlook on the future. And the responses were, in many ways, very positive about how the pandemic influenced their thinking, future goals, and personal growth.  

 

According to the study, 80% of college students believe their generation has become more resilient because of the adversity they faced during the pandemic. They’re truly earning their new nickname: Generation Resilient. 

 

Resilience is forged out of difficulty. It’s the ability to bounce back, to get stronger, and to use challenges as springboards to accomplish your goals. And it’s a critical life skill.

 

If you’re tempted to worry about how the next generation is going to navigate their education and career in a post-pandemic world, remember their resilience. 2020 was a formative year for them, and they are embracing what they’ve learned to create a better future for everyone. 

 

So how has the pandemic affected young people’s educational plans? We’ll talk about it tomorrow on The Perna Syndicate. See you then!


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