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Future of education may be
one of choice for students
DIOCESE OF PALM BEACH
During the pandemic students have learned to practice various safety protocols while at school.
It’s been exactly a year since our way of living was utterly rearranged by the coronavirus
pandemic. We are once again seeing a drop in numbers and this time, with the introduction
of vaccines, the trend is likely to continue.
As we attempt to go back to live the lives we had before COVID-19, we shall continue to
adapt to what coronavirus has wrought.
As our writer Ellen Gillette reports in “Lesson Plans” beginning on Page 42, the coronavirus
has forever changed education, making it far more flexible than before. A surge in the
use of technology and remote learning are just a few of the outcomes of the pandemic. Remote
learning reduces per-pupil expenses but at what cost will likely be debated for years.
As at-home learning becomes more widespread, issues arise concerning everything from
the length of the school day to whether extracurricular activities such as athletics and band
would be better as community-based programs.
All this leads to the question of what is best for the students. While educators disagree
over the effectiveness of remote versus classroom learning, the answer may be that it depends
on the student.
For some students and their families, it may be that family or personal circumstances
makes virtual learning more appealing one academic year while the opportunity for group
activities and socialization with peers makes it appealing the next. The only paradigm is
that there is no paradigm. Education simply becomes an adaptive process tailored for the
Coronavirus disrupted our lives, but it has also prompted us to think about how to live
them better in the future.
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