6 Reasons Why School From Home May Be Okay

Aug 12, 2020 by

With the pandemic closing schools down, many families have turned to school from home in many varieties. Whether your school district or university has opted to suspend education, go online for the foreseeable future or is considering returning to in-person learning in the near future, this may bring about many concerns both in the realm of public health and educational wellness.

There’s no doubt that teachers and professors are the most qualified people to teach, with their training and expertise taking years to master. But that doesn’t mean that school from home can’t work and have benefits, especially with the state of the world at the moment. Especially if qualified teachers have the opportunity to deliver education to students online, it can often provide the best of both worlds through modern technology. 

Different life situations call for different solutions, and there are ways to make school from home work as well as possible, whether you’re a college student at home for the semester or a parent with kids staying home this school year.

1. Public Health

Before kids can be properly educated, they need to be kept healthy and safe, which includes being protected from illness and the spread of illness. If you, your children or other members of your family aren’t healthy and stable due to risks and virus exposure, education can’t feel like a priority simply because so much focus will need to be devoted to safety and precautions, whereas at home and through online education, that focus can be devoted to actual curriculum. 

Safety must come first in schools, and there’s no other way around it.

2. Students Can Learn at Their Own Pace

One of the beauties of online learning, remote learning or homeschooling is that kids can move at their own pace through their education, which allows them to learn, process and remember material much more effectively. Some kids love to skip ahead because the regular pace of a classroom is simply too slow for them, while others need to take their time and ask questions. No pace is wrong for a child, and customizing their education to their needs is one way that they can get the most out of it.

3. No Distractions

No matter the age, students function best when they can focus on their schoolwork without distractions. Both within the classroom and in the surrounding lifestyle, a calm, simple environment is the best for learning. When it comes to college students, the culture of campus life can often be unhealthy, causing distractions from the actual education students receive. Activities like drinking, partying and staying up late can distract from classes and studies, and taking a bit of a break from that can give students the rest they need.

When it comes to younger kids, being in classes with friends can sometimes be a source of distraction that lowers grades and academic performance. While socializing and learning to work with others is a part of any school environment, there are other means of intentional socialization that you can explore for yourself or your kids.

4. Increased Family Time

School from home and online learning take less time than going to a physical school, which means that it frees up more time and energy for important family connections. If you have young kids in school, this is an opportunity to cherish the extra time with them and become more involved in their education. Plus, it’s no secret that older kids and teens are often stressed out from the high demands of schoolwork and activities, and alleviating some of that pressure can open them up to spending more time with loved ones.

When it comes to college students, this can be especially prominent, as being away at school often takes students away from their families for months at a time, and getting to catch up with parents and siblings can be a wonderful blessing.

5. More Room for Hobbies and Passions

In addition to having more time for family interaction, homeschooling and online school opens up so much more room to explore passions, hobbies and ideas that may have previously fallen by the wayside. Arts, reading and other solitary extracurriculars are beneficial to learning and can help students better develop their specific strengths and talents. With more time on their hands, students can delve more into their interests and become well rounded, self-actualized and happy individuals. 

6. Teaching Responsibility

In kids both young and old, more solitary learning can teach a better sense of responsibility and accountability. Online learning and other forms of school at home require self-discipline and time management. In college and high school students, those skills may arise naturally, though in younger kids, it may require a bit of direct conversation. Obviously, since online school is a bit more flexible, this may come along with communication skills like asking for extensions and working with professors and teachers to meet the educational needs of each student.

Get Learning!

Remote learning may not be everyone’s first choice, but it certainly doesn’t mean that all hope is lost. In fact, there are a lot of benefits to be found when you dive a little deeper. Learning happens everywhere, and home is one of those places.

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