As the new school session starts in the U.S. this Fall, my kids’ school district has opted for Hybrid learning model. Hybrid or blended learning integrates two days of in person classes with online education for rest of the school days.
There is a second option also for parents to proactively opt for full time digital or distance learning. Now, this is a difficult choice to make.
Messages are circulating on WhatsApp groups regarding what to choose.
I am writing this post to point out the facts so that it becomes easier for parents to choose whatever works for them. Every household is different and everyone has many things to consider before coming to a decision.
Pros and cons of distance learning:
- safety from the pandemic
flexibility in studies
more involvement from parents
less peer pressure
- too much screen time and less social interaction
no teacher present to supervise
self motivation to study which small kids lack
extra supervisory work for parents who would need to balance work, the household and child education
Pros and cons of hybrid learning:
social interaction and activities
best of both the worlds – in person and online
asynchronous learning and improved technology skills
- fear for safety due to the pandemic during in person days
brand new learning model (may face logistical challenges in implementation)
confusing for parents, students and instructors (the district is dealing with a lot of questions as to how the model would be implemented)
big and steep learning curve for all
So, there you go parents! This to-the-point listing might help you in making your choice between the two models of learning for your child.
Go for whatever works for you and your family. All the best and take care.
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