The Pros and Cons of Virtual Learning
By Benjamin Blazel
In the wake of a global pandemic, nearly every facet of our society has been modified. The perception of these alterations has varied from person to person. The online approach to academics is no different. Students of all ages have a multitude of differing opinions, many of which believe that the continuation of virtual learning presents both positives and negatives. “Online school has not been very ‘cash money,’” Conner Poster (12) said. He goes on to add that he feels more focused in an in-person environment, and yearns for “the social aspect of school” which now is gravely lacking. Outside of those unfavorable effects of online school, Poster later specified how much he enjoys the liberties he is now afforded with his newfound free time. “I have way more flexibility in my schedule” says Poster, which he utilizes, like many other Seniors, to apply to colleges and prepare financially for his future. Additional free time and the ability to stay in bed during class truly are the few benefits of this new age of learning. It is undeniable that schools and the education sector have been hit extremely hard by COVID-19, which has left districts nationwide scrambling. On October 16th, 2020, the district announced that we will remain online through January 22nd, which is the end of first semester. It is apparent that online learning has presented a variety of challenges stemming from social isolation to lack of engagement. Here at The Lance, we encourage you, the student body, to embrace the few positives that can be found in this truly bizarre school year. Embrace the abnormality of 2020 and pursue hobbies you were never able to before. Regardless of what happens in the future, the 2020-2021 school year will always be one that is viewed through a lens of disillusion. Stay safe Lancers!