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How does online schooling compare with traditional schooling?

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With recent advances in technology, it is no surprise that schooling has changed as well. More and more students and partaking in online or homeschooling education. This has sparked a controversial debate: does online schooling match up to traditional schooling?

Traditional Schooling

Traditional schooling is defined by having a set area where students and a teacher meet face-to-face for education purpose. Most young adults attend traditional schooling at some point in their lives. This form of schooling is often less expensive and allows for students to learn how to interact with other people at the same time–a very important skill for all people. Traditional schools allow students to grow and explore ideas that interest them, without finding a community outside of their school district.

Traditional schooling can be less expensive than online, seeing as public schools are paid for with taxes and private schools have been dropping their general admission costs. These schools also provide resources such as libraries, public speeches, college help and financial aid for college. All for free.

However, there are downsides to traditional schooling as well. Traditional schooling requires students to be time aware and able to commute to a specified location. Cchedules are non negotiable and can cause a student to fail if it is inconvenient. Traditional schooling can also be a distraction in itself. While socialization is a good thing, too much of it can lead to lack of focus. Some students can also feel that traditional schooling is obligatory and do not to work hard at something they have no choice in.

Traditional schooling is also mandated by the state and has some classes that don’t prepare all students for some career paths or aspects of secondary schooling the student wishes to pursue. The classes also move at the teacher’s pace and not the student’s. Students can get left behind in work that they do not understand, and this can cause them to fail the class.

Online Schooling

In recent years, online schooling has become a more popular alternative. Online schooling provides flexibility and variety to a student’s education and can be tailored to fit their learning style. Courses taken online are often multimedia and can adhere to different learning styles. They can also been more widespread and have different subjects than would be offer in a traditional school setting. These classes can also be self paced which allows a student to work through assignments as their own speed and get a better understanding at the rate in which they learn. By doing online schooling, students can choose their location and times in which work best for them to learn. It has also been shown that students who participated in primarily homeschooling, received higher scores on standardized tests, according to an article by Tara Kunesh.

However just like with traditional schooling, there are cons to using online schooling. Online schooling’s  limited interaction between students and teacher can lead to miscommunication and problems if issues with the material arises. Issues can also arise with technology. It is not uncommon for links and videos to become invalid, or for the technology to not be up to date which can slow down the learning process.

Another issue with online schooling is the social aspect. In traditional schooling, students receive the chance to attend clubs and functions that can help further their interests and develop their social skills. Online learners do not receive the same benefits and have to go out of their way to find other organizations to participate in. Online learners also do not get the experience of dealing with peers and teachers on a face-to-face. In elementary school, these are very crucial aspects to a child’s development. Young students use the time as school to learn how to interact with each other and authority figures. Traditional school allow students to engage in hands on projects and learn through tactile learning, which has been shown to be the most effective way to learn. However, online schooling can also be a benefit to tactile learners who find themselves overwhelmed

“I work with many children who could benefit from homeschooling due to behavioral or medical issues, but it is only successful if the parent is willing to take the time to teach their child and not rely on the programming. Even then they miss out on learning how to interact with fellow students and adults,” Reading Teacher Nicole Swick says. “The best learner it works for is those who tend to be more visual and interpersonal.”

Time is also a con of online schooling. Students are forced to be time aware and make sure they are managing their school work responsibly. It is not uncommon for students to put off doing their classwork until the last minute. It is easier to get distracted by the internet and other objectives when doing online schooling.

Online schooling can also be expensive. Whereas traditional school is often paid for through taxes and donations, online schooling comes straight from the student’s pocket. This can become expensive, especially if a student strictly does online schooling.

In the end, it comes down to simply what works best for a student and their schedule. Each student learns uniquely and should find a method that works to their situation best.

 

 


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