In light of the ongoing world-wide Covid-19 pandemic, schools nation-wide have transitioned to remote learning protocols to ensure students are still able to receive their education.
Remote learning, In simplest terms, it is an educational practice where the student and educators are in different locations as opposed to a traditional classroom setting.
The protocols for remote learning differ greatly by school across the nation, but they generally include students receiving work that they are given a certain amount of time to complete.
How effective is this method of learning? If you ask me, I say that remote learning is extremely ineffective at giving students meaningful information or an education comparable to the one received in a traditional classroom setting. The current method of remote learning feels more like completing work before midnight to get credit, not necessarily to learn something new or meaningful.
TAEHS Senior Kiya Legall said, “I don’t think remote learning is effective because I’m not learning anything. I’m simply just submitting assignments so I don’t fail.”
Cherilyn Diaz has two small children at home and is struggling to maintain the children’s work. “It’s hard to keep them focused and engaged in the work for the entirety of their lesson,” she said.
Carolyn Gibson has also has a child who is educated through remote learning and said, “ It’s an everyday struggle of making sure my son actually finishes all of his work before it completely loses his attention and he’s on to something else.”
There are still two months remaining with remote learning. Now is this time to be assessing and understanding ways to make it a more enjoyable experience, but also a meaningful learning experience as well. This should take into account the older students who do not feel like they are learning as well as younger children struggling to stay engaged.