(TargetLiberty.org) – According to the CDC, there are many reasons why schools should open. Some of the benefits of in-class learning are that it:
- Offers face-to-face educational instruction
- Promotes the development of social and emotional skills
- Provides a safe environment conducive to learning
- Provides nutritional needs
- Facilitates physical activity
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, schools all across the US are moving to virtual learning. But is that really what’s best for our children? Millions of students can’t do online classes, meaning they’ll fall behind in their education.
Kids are at a lower risk when it comes to COVID-19. Keeping the schools closed isn’t about the virus. It’s become political. President Trump has announced he wants the schools to open this fall. That alone makes many people, including those in teachers’ unions, immediately want to do the opposite.
Many parts of the county have already shown that virtual classes don’t work for millions of American students. Children who can’t do it will be hurt educationally, socially, emotionally, and nutritionally. And, millions of them simply cannot do online learning — so they’re checking out. That hurts the students, but it also hurts us as a nation.
Here are five reasons why online schooling may not work:
1. No Internet Access
Not all American homes are ready for online learning. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), 14% of kids aged 3-18 have no access to the internet at home. That means more than nine million students won’t be able to participate in school this fall. There are also over 10 million kids who don’t have a device to do their schoolwork.
2. Some Students Are Essential Workers
Some high school kids have had to take on jobs during the pandemic. Many of them are working in places like grocery stores. For some students, the job means helping the family to put food on the table. It’s hard to juggle online classes when they have a full-time or essential job.
3. Lack of Grade Incentives
Some school districts in states all over the nation have switched to a no grading or pass/fail policy with online school. They’re doing this because they didn’t want to punish kids who couldn’t attend all classes. But without the incentive of grades, why would some students show up at all?
4. Many Students Are Taking Care of Their Siblings
Millions of people are still working during the pandemic. Many parents are essential workers. That means that with schools closed, they have to depend on their older children to take care of the younger kids.
5. Lack of Space
Many kids also don’t have a quiet, safe place at home to sit down in front of their computers for class. This is particularly an issue for families who have multiple children. When kids don’t have space where they can focus they’re much less likely to connect with their teachers.
Given that the risk is minimal, it seems that keeping schools closed has become nothing more than a political statement — one that’s hurting millions of American children. For the health and well-being of our kids, it’s time to get back to the classroom.
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