We have truly entered a period of new normal, meaning that all those activities that we used to do with ease everyday are no longer allowed. This is due to the COVID-19 pandemic that severely affected the way of life of billions of people worldwide. Five months into this pandemic and we have already seen the clear picture of how a microscopic virus was able to shut down the entire world. In spite of the threat of catching the novel coronavirus that causes this severe pneumonia-like illness, the governments of every nation are determined to get their citizens back on track.
One of the biggest problems that we face today is how to proceed with educating the students when the coronavirus is preventing our children (as well as their teachers and educators) to be inside their classrooms, without the risk of catching a serious disease. As physical classes are no longer safe to be conducted amid this pandemic, remote learning by the means of online lectures and classes is being suggested as the solution.
Unfortunately, even the educators themselves are worried that shifting to online classrooms this coming school year would affect the quality of learning. Another factor is the accessibility of this kind of learning set-up, putting some children at a disadvantage.
Many Students In The United States May Opt To Drop Out If Learning Will Be Purely Online-Based
The top concern among the parents with this remote learning option for this school year is the accessibility of the online materials, which will play a huge part in teaching the students. In the traditional classrooms where teachers are physically present for the students to teach them, we know that the lessons are being delivered clearly. However, in an online setup, computers and electronic devices are needed to make sure that the kids would really understand their lessons. A stable Internet connection is also required so that the interactions between the teachers and students are uninterrupted.
Unfortunately, not all children in the United States have access to reliable electronic devices and Internet. At the very least, some students may have owned an ordinary phone with modest Internet connectivity, which would not suffice if the teacher would like to ensure high quality of learning through her online-based lectures. We can expect from this scenario that the performance of these students during exams would be poor, and the issue is not because the students did not do their part. It is because they have the disadvantage when it comes to remote learning.
We are also not sure if students will really use all their time at home to learn and go to their online classes. There is a good chance that the kids would just use the Internet at home to visit kiss anime and watch their favorites shows.