By Nathan Wayne
Many people on opposing sides of the political spectrum are in agreement that online schooling has been challenging for teachers and students. In an ideal world, a vaccine approved for all ages would be available and accessible now, and kids would be full-time learning on campus. Until the ideal becomes a reality, teachers must figure out more innovative ways to improve their hectic semi in-person and/or online classes.
When COVID-19 first started to manipulate the structure of modern society, many (if not all) schools went completely virtual. Some school districts recently decided to start holding in-person classes, while still providing the online option. Teachers with both virtual students and in-person students are finding it hard to focus on both groups at the same time. Trying to engage with in-person students, while parents are watching their children being neglected on-screen. When children on-screen are doing something distracting to the in-person students, it causes one thing; confusion.
Schools and their districts face three very tough options. First, they can continue supporting confused partial in-person and online classes, giving little focus to either. Second, they can put students fully online, angering parents who feel their child is lacking proper education. The schools final and most preposterous option is transferring students almost completely in-person, eliminating online classes, and increasing the chances of children getting infected and spreading it to their family.