Is Online Schooling Really Effective?

It’s no secret that in these past few weeks life has been different for everyone. Many people find themselves staying home from their jobs every day, practicing social-distancing rather than going out with friends, and staying 6 feet away from others while in public. This is the era of coronavirus, the pandemic which has shaken the world. 

Yet in these strange times, life continues to go on, even for America’s youth, who must continue to learn every day, from home, through a laptop screen. I decided to take a deeper look into how PV’s student body is adapting to the sudden change from traditional to online schooling, 

“I thought it would be easier but I’m really stressed,” said senior Erin Beal. It seems to be the consensus among many teenagers throughout PV that online schooling has been more difficult than previously expected. 

However, some students have found this method of learning to be more beneficial. Like junior Julia Gerberich, who has found that online schooling has worked better for her learning style, “I would say I’m definitely less stressed because I can manage my time better at home”.

Although for many teenagers, online learning has worsened their mental health as well, adding more stress to their lives during an already stressful global pandemic.

 “My mental health has drastically decreased and has affected my ability to do work, and online school is an added pressure on that,” explained Janey Huston, a junior at PV.

There seems to be a lack of motivation to complete assignments among the student body as well.

“Most of the time I have zero motivation… a lot of my teachers don’t post due dates and are giving out a huge workload,” Erin Beal also commented.

So with all this going on, one must ask, are the students even learning anything at this point? 

“It [online schooling] doesn’t provide proper education because without any accountability through tests it’s up to the students about what they want to learn…it’s just a lot of busywork,” said Janey Huston.

Although the classes have been effective for some, it seems as though a lot of the students aren’t being accounted for properly. Many teenagers who don’t live in healthy environments during the quarantine, who suffer from mental illnesses, or who experience learning disabilities, are unable to receive the proper education they need.

Every student deserves an equal opportunity to succeed in school, but many of these struggling kids are slipping through the cracks.

“My learning support teacher does check in with me, but she seems to have limited time because she has to take care of her children, who are home,” said senior Joey Dinnocenti, who has struggled with learning from home, since the quarantine began.

“I feel like if they made it more strict with making us sign into a class every day and being taught something every day it would be different…I would love classes throughout the day, not just them sending us work and we have to do it,” he explained.

It’s a difficult time for everyone. The switch to online schooling was unprecedented, with the coronavirus impacting Pennsylvania so suddenly. It’s understandable that the school is entering new territory, and is still working on developing a better method for teaching students. 

However, if the pandemic continues to worsen, and online classes spill over into the next school year, a better system should be put in place to accommodate all students at PV.