For many students across the United States, their last day on school campuses was the week before spring break of 2020. Due to the rising concern over COVID-19, most schools across PK to higher education moved to remote learning. This article is a critical reflection by the author in which she shares her experiences as a professor in higher education at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The author questions the role of education, using a critical framework and a Marxist analysis of capitalism, to center the function of the education system during COVID-19. From the author’s perspective, economic interests superseded the interests of health and safety of the education community. The COVID-19 world pandemic demonstrated the essential roles of schooling beyond institutions of learning. According to the author, the key role of schooling is socializing students into existing socio-economic hierarchies.



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