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Virtual Learning Has Its Pros and Cons

Updated: Nov 24, 2020

Sophomore Savannah Mack works virtually from home under the watchful eye of Darwin the Cat. (Courtesy Photo)

By Emma Duncan--Eagle Staff Writer

Virtual learning is a new journey for many, and just like everything else in life, there are two sides to this schoolwork story.

Freshman Colleen Sweeney is taking on her first year of high school from home and seems to be enjoying it more than if she were in the classroom.

I get to do my assignments for the day on my own schedule,” said Sweeney. “I can go outside whenever I want and get fresh air. Also, I don't have to wear a mask. If I was at school, I would have to wear one all day.”

Emma Cox, junior, also enjoys learning from home.

“I can work on different things in one sitting because I’m not on a school schedule,” Cox said. “This and not having to wait for other students gives me more free time.”

One student, sophomore Savannah Mack, loves virtual learning so much that she doesn’t want to stop.

“Overall, I prefer virtual learning 100%,” said Mack. “If it were up to me, I’d do online for the rest of my high school experience. I’m able to sleep in a little because most zoom classes don’t start until after 10, and I can eat and use the bathroom whenever I want.”

While Mack prefers virtual learning, it doesn’t mean she doesn’t feel challenged.

“It can be overwhelming--self teaching yourself,” she explained. “My WiFi isn’t the most dependable, so there are internet issues. Also, I have limited contact with my peers.”

Sweeney is also upset she can’t be with her friends.

“Some people you go to school with may not live near you, and you may not have a way to keep in touch, so you won't see them,” she stated.

On the other hand, Joseph Spencer, senior, thinks being away from his friends is a pro.

“I like getting a break from the bus,” he said.

All in all, Spencer is enjoying virtual learning, except he isn’t getting as much instruction.

“Since we aren’t in class, I think it's harder for teachers to teach,” he said.

Mack seconds Spencer’s opinion by adding the importance of bonding.

“I don't have an in-person relationship with my teachers, which is upsetting,” Mack explained. “I think creating a bond builds for a better work experience.”

Cox isn’t as worried about her bonds with teachers. Instead, she's concerned about keeping in touch with them.

“I cannot ask questions to my teachers directly,” started Cox. “I have to email them, get it to send, and then wait for their response when I am in need of a quick answer.”

However, this doesn’t stand in the way of Cox wanting to keep learning virtually.

“I prefer virtual learning,” said Cox. “I have all day to work on assignments instead of a single class period. It’s generally easier all around.”

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