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Discuss: Coronavirus and Online Education

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April 8, 2020 at 05:05:49
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Hi all,

This week's poll question is about news that more and more schools are attempting online education during coronavirus shutdowns. Discuss here if you think most schools are prepared to educate students online, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.


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April 8, 2020 at 05:26:38
Even if the schools are ready, it's unlikely the students are. Far too difficult to even work from home with all the distractions; I'd suspect that level is even 10x for teens and children. Plus, a large portion of the country doesn't have the infrastructure to support "distance-learning"....

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April 13, 2020 at 18:32:52
Day 4 of Homeschooling: 2 students suspended for fighting and 1 teacher fired for drinking on the job.

Day 5 of Homeschooling: One of these little monsters called in a bomb threat.

Day 6 of Homeschooling: My child just said "I hope I don't have the same teacher next year"... I'm offended.

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April 13, 2020 at 19:02:00
From the company "yammer" discussions, it shows how problematic it gets to set up a home-office. Beside finding a "quiet" space with internet access, wireless is not always a reliable media if you have to connect over VPN to the company.

And many parents have discovered raising kids is far more difficult if you have to do it all by yourself, without the support of school teachers or daycare centers!

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May 17, 2020 at 11:31:19
The fact that schools are coming forward to offer online classes is definitely to be welcomed and highly appreciable as well. Today's kids are already very tech savvy, with many already using different apps for their studies. So, I think that these online classes are an additional boon to them. Will they feel distracted studying from home? Yes, but we all know that situations are going to change and things will be back to normal, so it's only fair that we cut them some slack.

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June 1, 2020 at 11:16:15
re: "Today's kids are already very tech savvy, with many already using different apps for their studies. "

True, but there is a lot of inequality across the population. Some kid's have all the tech they need (and then some) while others don't even have an decent internet connection, if they have one at all.

Aside from the technology issues, there is also the supervision/involvement (and actually caring) of whatever type of adult is present in the student's life. In many instances, the school employees are the only real "adults" in their lives.

I was speaking to a school social worker the other day. He works for an inner city district that has a 50% HS graduation rate in normal times. Current statistics are showing that only about 20% of the students are actually doing all of the work that the "schools are coming forward to offer". They expect graduation rates to drop over the next few years because of this situation.

My daughter is a social worker in an elementary school and her partner is a 5th grade teacher. (a different city than the example above and in 2 different schools). Their voices break when they tell me about the things the kids tell them when they call the homes. Kids that want to learn but whose parents either can't help them (not every one can teach) or (worse yet) don't think it's their job to teach them. "Call your teacher."

We can cut the kids all the slack we want, but in many cases it's the parents that are failing to (or can't) carry their part of the load. All the tech in the world isn't going to solve that issue.

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September 18, 2020 at 02:44:24
For my kids it is not really easy. Some schools really needed to much time to change from normal school to online classes. I mean my wife and I tried helping them but on some topics we are clueless... Needed to pay for extra classes otherwise they could not get any help from the teachers...

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September 29, 2020 at 21:22:54
In my opinion, though online education is suitable in this sudden situation, it's not a complete solution. Most of the kids feel idle and they show carelessness for education. They need their community and friends for happy learning. Online education is best for adult learners but not for young learners

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