Distance Learning Might Stick Around Post Coronavirus
Are we passed the days of going from classroom to classroom while coming in to contact with a large number of people each day?
It's National Teacher Appreciation Week and to celebrate our governor stated some strong opinions about our current education system. Is the current education system outdated?
According to the Hudson Valley Post, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a recent press conference that we can use this time to reevaluate how kids attend school. Cuomo would like to use this time to learn and adapt to a new way to educate students in a post coronavirus America. The Gates Foundation is apparently experimenting with alternatives to classroom learning using our advanced technology.
"As we prepare to reopen we have the opportunity to reimagine and build back our education system better," Cuomo said.
Though no one is entirely sure what a new plan would look yet some parents I asked to weigh in on my personal Facebook feed were not pleased with the notion of keeping kids out school:
"This is absolutely ridiculous. What am I supposed to tell my employer if I have to stay home all day now with my kids? These past few weeks have been a struggle and I can't imagine doing this for months."
Another friend was worried about the lack of social interaction in distance-model learning:
"I think that’s a terrible decision. Kids need the social interaction. Them being home schooled this short amount of time has been overwhelming for most importantly the children but also parents and teachers. I don’t have a degree in teaching because I didn’t want one. Lastly, when are parents supposed to work?"
Can remote learning replace social interaction in a classroom?