Schools all over the world are closed due to Coronavirus and, suddenly, distance learning is the norm. All students on primary, secondary or university level are learning from the comfort of their homes. But, for some people, this was already a reality.
There are going to be students that find that they enjoy studying from home a lot more than actually going to school. They get to decide their own school hours, work at their own pace. And as an added bonus, they no longer have those annoying classmates that keep interrupting lessons.
But is distance learning something we should keep in the future, for a majority of students?
I talked about this briefly in my post on my journey as a freelancer. I studied from home to finish my degree in English translations from beginning to end, with only a few days where I would have exams or meet teachers and other students.
And as someone who’s been there, done that, I can definitely say that distance learning isn’t for everyone. You have to have enough self-discipline to keep going when you don’t have any motivation. Distance learning has a lot of cons: you no longer have teachers telling you what to do and when to do it by. You have to do it all on your own, and if you don’t, it’s your money that you’ve just thrown away. Even if distance learning is (in general) a lot cheaper than going to a university and taking classes there.
There’s also a huge difference between university and primary and secondary school. Looking back at my time during secondary school, I would’ve much rather done everything from home. Part of me still mourns that this wasn’t an option. But I’m also very aware of all the things going to school gave me. My art classes (that I absolutely adored), quickly going to the shops in between lessons, hanging out in the hallways with friends… So many things that are an important part of growing up.
It’s a difficult topic and maybe we should look at distance learning on an individual basis. But would people miss out on too much? (Some would say I missed out on the whole “going to uni” experience that I was never really interested in.)
Let’s just say I’m glad I’m not part of the government and don’t have to make any decisions regarding education.