Online or Distant Learning is Paying Dividends

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For some, the closure of school and being forced into online learning has been a drag. But for others, it’s been a blessing.

If there is a silver lining to any of this, it may cause some to rethink the need for, or emphasis of the brick and mortar school.

Here’s just one example.

from the Blaze:

NYC 8th-grader has advice for Mayor de Blasio and other leaders: Here’s why I’m learning so much better online than in my out-of-control city school

‘Something is wrong with our system’

Veronique Mintz is a 13-year-old eighth-grader who attends a New York City school.

And she’s fed up — fed up with her classmates, her teachers, her education.

Well, she was — until the coronavirus pandemic hit, closing the schools and forcing New York City students into online-only education.

Now Veronique says she’s thriving.

In an op-ed for the New York Times on Tuesday, Veronique told the world her educational woes and how her schooling has markedly improved since the forced closures.

What’s her story?

The young teen wrote that the biggest obstacle in her education has been sitting in classrooms where students misbehave and teachers can’t or won’t get a handle on it.

Veronique said an observer could be excused for thinking any of her classes were filled with 9-year-olds rather than teenagers:

Talking out of turn. Destroying classroom materials. Disrespecting teachers. Blurting out answers during tests. Students pushing, kicking, hitting one another and even rolling on the ground. This is what happens in my school every single day.

You may think I’m joking, but I swear I’m not.

Based on my peers’ behavior, you might guess that I’m in second or fourth grade. But I’m actually about to enter high school in New York City, and, during my three years of middle school, these sorts of disruptions occurred repeatedly in any given 42-minute class period.

But since she started distance learning on March 23, Veronique has found that she has been learning more — and learning it more easily — than she ever did in class. For her, it’s easy to understand why.

“I can work at my own pace without being interrupted by disruptive students and teachers who seem unable to manage them,” she said.

She said that instead of taking tests on subjects the class hasn’t mastered because teachers are unable to get through the necessary lessons, she’s able to focus, learn the material, and appropriately master a subject before moving on. It helps that at home, things are more peaceful, rather than in the various classrooms at her public school where “only a few teachers who had strong command of their classrooms — enforcing consistent rules, treating students fairly and earning their respect.”

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