Dear students, Saint Nicholas is right: it used to be worse, but it will undoubtedly get better

Pupils have again been sentenced to part-time distance learning, which, despite all good intentions, may be placed in the corner of occupational therapy. Students have never been more grateful to be able to sit in class. If only because a classroom can be counted among the safest places in Flanders these days.

Students spend hours staring at a screen to listen to a flat explanation without any interaction with each other or the teacher. They are denied all the fun aspects of student life. Anyone who claims that studying used to revolve around books and blocks suffers from a special form of amnesia that is so beautifully called “Hineininterpretierung” in German. The biggest party animals of the time are now bald and round-bellied.

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