The Pressure Is On For Students And Teachers
With the Covid-19 Pandemic still causing fear among people in society, the reopening of schools this academic year is causing an even larger panic.
Schools across the United States closed early last year due to the spread of the coronavirus, forcing people out of work and forcing them to do the unthinkable task of educating their children at home.
Most schools offered online education until the final day of school, but this was not the case for everyone. Some districts throughout the nation do not have the funding to supply internet access, tablets or computers for virtual learning, or even enough printed curriculum to send home in time for children to complete before the end of the school year.
Parents, teachers, and students found themselves scrambling to finish the year in the best way they could with what was available for them. Obviously, in some cases, there was not much.
With the 2020-2021 academic year looming around the corner, the shadow of what the future of education will be holds a cloud of dread for many families who do not know what to do next.
The Face Of Education Is Forever Altered
Some school districts across the US have already gotten their plans in line, ready for the next step in education. Even if that means continuing with virtual learning.
Others, however, have decided that homeschooling is the best option for them; even though it was not their original choice.
Some families are switching their children from physical public or private schools to a home education program provided on the internet. Others have decided to just go ‘old school’ and teach their children at home from purchased textbooks, workbooks, and worksheets. Some are hiring tutors where it’s affordable, and some are creating home school groups with neighbors so that their kids can be taught in a mini-social setting that is safe.
No matter what parents are choosing to do to give their children the best education they can possibly offer and afford, education is changing, possibly for the better.
In this mid-pandemic world we live in, education is taking on a brand new meaning for a lot of people. It’s not just teachers, students, and parents that are feeling the affects. Entire families made up of all three are now working together to do what is best for the education of the children they care about.
This, in itself, could be the best thing to happen to education since the use of home education and one room school houses.
More parents are taking more time to find out what their children have learned throughout the years in physical schools so that they can continue educating them at home. More teachers are taking the initiative, some even coming out of retirement, to assist parents and virtual learners via the internet.
Children are not only getting the extra one on one education that they so desperately need since the old grading system was taken out, but they are also getting valuable family bonding time in the process. Kids are also learning to think on their own in some cases, rather than relying on internet compatible assistants to tell them everything they need to know.
More reading is happening, math is being done on paper instead of a calculator, hand writing is improving, logic and common sense concepts are doing better among children and young adults forced to learn ‘old school’ because parents have not taken kindly to the ‘trohy or certificate of participation’ like so many schools have.
The devastating toll Covid-19 has had on the world may very well be the best thing that has happened to our educational system in years. Kids are genuinely having to learn things they need to know without the use of a whole ton of ridiculus tests that have no baring on what a child will do with their life after school.
These points alone have been enough to make a lot of parents tired of the whole ‘Common Core’ system. More parents and teachers are in preference of giving the way education of children is delivered back to the parents rather than some complex and pointless system.
Although homeschooling was forced on a lot of families, some could not be happier about the situation because it gives children more time to learn and parents more time to spend with their children.
In a world where families rarely even get to see each other for a whole meal because of parents’ work schedules and childrens class scedules, extracuricular activities, and much needed quiet time, families are finally getting back to their own personal roots and getting to know one another on a deeper level. Parents, teachers and children are on a brand new learning curve that is caused by them learning about and from each other.