Remote Learning Will Fail Our Children
Remote Learning Will Fail Our Children
“The kitchen table will once again serve as a makeshift desk for millions of students when they head “back to school” in the next few weeks. Seventeen of the nation’s 20 largest school districts have said that they’ll reopen with zero in-person instruction. Nationally, only about 40 percent of schools have announced plans to reopen in-person (with another ten percent planning for a hybrid model that includes some in-person instruction).
In short, close to half the nation’s K–12 schools may begin the new year remotely, a figure that will be far higher in the systems serving the most students. This painful reality, combined with teacher resistance to reopening and parental concerns about student safety, has prompted districts to work overtime promising that remote learning will be much better this fall.””
Here in Colorado, many of the K-12 schools are starting remotely, or with a combination of a pretzel schedule of remote and in-school learning. One district that I know of will have first graders start remotely. The schedule that those first graders face will, in my opinion, have a negative effect on their short and long-term learning abilities. Why?
A. A total of fifty minutes of breaks through the day, including lunch
B. SEVEN hours of instruction
C. Total teacher/student engagement time during those seven hours? One and One-Half Hours.
Yes, you read that correctly. A first grader is supposed to have the mental and physical capabilities to stay in his/her seat in front of a computer and learn/absorb the assignment without oversight by the teacher, and presumably without necessary oversight and encouragement from the child’s parents.
Can we say FRUSTRATION and FAIL? Because that is what is slated to happen with those children.
There are very good teachers who worked overtime to ensure their students were education last spring. Sadly, there were a great many other teachers who literally phoned it in. I know, as my grandson experienced a combination of both.
Our children NEED interaction with their peers and direct interaction with their teachers. It is a hugely important piece of their growth process.
Instead, we have teachers unions operating out of greed and fear. This is the letter the school board of Denver Public Schools sent out when it became apparent that parents are working to find alternatives to ensure their children actually GET an education this fall. Learning pods are bad, remote learning by teachers is good. Equity, money, and social justice are even better! That’s the gist of that load of bullshit peddled by Denver Public Schools.
Education – REAL Education? Not a priority.
For those parents who plan to monitor their children’s classroom time? Don’t. Per Rutherford County School District in Tennessee:
““RCS strives to present these opportunities in a secure format that protects student privacy to the greatest extent possible, however because these meetings will occur virtually RCS is limited in its ability to fully control certain factors such as non-student observers that may be present in the home of a student participating in the virtual meeting,” according to the form.
“RCS strongly discourages non student observation of online meetings due to the potential of confidential information about a student being revealed.”
The form asks parents for their signature and warns that “violation of this agreement may result in RCS removing my child from the virtual meeting.””
And from the Chicago area:
Srsly, wife and I have to sign off that we acknowledge this. Going to be recording their classes this year. pic.twitter.com/nZuOUuQyZC— DependableDan (@Archangel5847) August 17, 2020
There is so so much wrong with these “requirements” by school districts.
There’s something else to consider regarding remote learning at K-12 schools, especially elementary schools.
Amen from my son’s occupational therapist. pic.twitter.com/OsO1nxQZKE— Bethany S. Mandel (@bethanyshondark) August 19, 2020
Furthermore, the statistics are incredibly clear. Children are the lowest of the very low risk for this virus.
There are 45 million U.S. children in pre-K, kindergarten, elementary, or middle school. Only 28 children aged 1-15 have died of #COVID19. Not 28 million—28. https://t.co/nUzIiUu8YC pic.twitter.com/owAyqwm6Wm— Avik Roy (@Avik) August 7, 2020
How will the single parents who have to work navigate and manage this? How will parents with jobs in healthcare, grocery stores, restaurants, and big box stores ensure their children are learning when they aren’t there to monitor and keep them on track? Broward County School district shows that 52% of students in 6-12 grades had no motivation to complete assignments, and 45% never received adult assistance at home with their assignments.
What about the families that have multiple children in multiple grades, but not enough laptops or internet bandwidth or even space at home to set up their desks in a functional manner? Are the teachers unions, the teachers and college professors who are demanding hazard pay, and the teachers who’ve been conducting sickouts considering any or all of this?
No, no they aren’t.
There are some amazing teachers out there who are getting creative, some on their own dime, to design their classrooms in such a manner that brings children back INTO school and learning. I applaud them for that, as those are the teachers who will be making a positive life-long impact on that child’s life.
As for the parents who are exploring the ideas of learning pods, beware, you may have the woke scolds go after you for daring to exercise your privilege to the detriment of others.
Yes, there are other risks to consider regarding learning/pandemic pods, however if teachers AREN’T wanting to go back to school and teach – what is the solution?
Children want and NEED to go back to school. Yet that won’t be happening this fall for far too many of them. Our children’s education is being blatantly hijacked by the unions with the full consent of the Democrat party. Remote learning will fail our children unless parents and the teachers who WANT to teach stand up and say ENOUGH.
UPDATE: Another failure of remote learning is the limitations of system capacity. In North Texas, a hardware problem caused the online system to break down for nearly three hours. This breakdown negatively affected FIFTY FOUR school districts across nine counties. One teacher ended up teaching her class from her CAR.
According to the Frisco school district, something like this “will happen from time to time.”
That’s small comfort to the students who lost valuable education time, and the parents who’ve been told that remote learning is awesome!
Feature Photo Credit: KokomoCole via Pixabay, cropped and modified