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The Insufficiency of Distance Learning

The Insufficiency of Distance Learning

During the pandemic of 2020, online education and distance learning was the main way students went to school. To attend class virtually, students would learn on different platforms such as Zoom. On Zoom, teachers would provide lessons and lectures and students would communicate through the live chat. In addition, the teacher could have students join in on class discussions by unmuting themselves or having them participate in polls; they could even bring students into a separate room called a breakout room for one-on-one conversations or group work. Some enjoyed distance learning because they didn’t have to go to bed early as well as not having to get ready in the morning. Because of this easy-going and convenient format, many students want to return to this form. However, learning from home affects students in various ways, mainly leading to bad habits. Overall, distance learning doesn’t give you the same opportunities you get from learning at school. 

One negative outcome of distance learning is the lack of structure and accountability. Since students don’t have to get ready early in the morning, they may find themselves oversleeping and missing class time. They may find themselves sleeping later than usual and being exhausted when they wake up, making them unable to focus on class. Furthermore, without the teacher directly in front of you telling you what tasks to complete, many students may find themselves not doing homework or studying for important tests. Some may even resort to cheating since they are at home.

Being social is a big part of a child’s life and distance learning is the opposite. Students are staring at a screen for hours on end and not engaging with anyone; with distance learning, they won’t have the same experience as going to school and being able to collaborate with their peers and have quality time with their friends. Adolescents need to socialize with other people as not doing so could cause loneliness leading to depression, anxiety, and stress. 

With that being said, schools should never go back to distance learning as it will hinder students academically, socially, and emotionally.

 

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Olivia Gomez, Contributor
Olivia Gomez was born on February 17, 2010. Valentine's Day was a couple of days earlier. The people in her family include her mother, father, sister, and her dog. Olivia was born in Arizona and then moved down to Fullerton to be closer to her family. In her free time, she likes to sleep or just lay down. Her goal for the future is to get a job around 14 or 15 years old so that she can have some extra cash just in case. Olivia's favorite quote is “Sometimes it's best to judge a book by its cover." This quote means that if you think a person looks bad or you think they do bad stuff, sometimes you have to go with your gut and not talk to them.  
Jaylene Torres, Contributor
Jaylene Torres was born on February 10, 2011, the same day that famous American actress Emma Roberts was born 20 years earlier. Jaylene was born in Fullerton, California, and has been living in the same apartment complex her whole life with the rest of her family. Jaylene lives with her mom, dad, younger brother, and baby sister. Jaylene was transferred to Parks Junior High after being promoted from Orangethorpe Elementary transferred because her parents thought she would have a better experience at Parks than at her home school, Nicolas Junior High. Jaylene's favorite hobby is to hang out with her best friends. She also likes to call her friends in her free time. Jaylene doesn’t have any plans for the future, but she wants to be able to become organized with her items. Jaylene likes listening to music. She listens to it during school, or when doing one of her home chores. Jaylene doesn't have a favorite artist. She listens to multiple genres. A quote that inspires Jaylene is said by Bob Ross “There are no mistakes, only happy accidents.” Meaning mistakes are just mistakes waiting for the opportunity to be a happy accident.

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