Pros & Cons of In-School Learning in Light of the Coronavirus

02/11/2020

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, the Coronavirus pandemic has changed how we live, including the methods and techniques of learning.  Where many parents are opting for online learning as opposed to in-school learning, keep in mind there are many benefits and challenges to each.  In our previous article here, we highlight the pros and cons of online learning.

 

Due to the pandemic, educational trends have been changing drastically.  For one, parents are having to take on some teacher roles – especially with younger children.  Another trend is how many are relying more and more on technology.

 

In this article, we will highlight the pros and cons of in-school learning in light of the Coronavirus.

 

Pros of In-School Learning

 

  1. In-school learning makes it easier to manage students.

Holding the attention of a student (especially the younger ones) can be a tedious task.  Add zoom into the mix and, to be honest, it can be a futile mission!  Engagement, with some students, require a classroom setting.

 

  1. Some lessons can’t be taught over zoom calls or remotely.

Gym class, public speaking, performances, wood and shop class, driving, social and moral skills, dancing, and sports (as related to teams) can’t easily be taught over zoom.

 

  1. Easier for one-on-one time with the teacher or facilitator.

Some children do better in a classroom setting.  It’s also easier for a teacher to give some valuable one-on-one time with her/his students when they are in front of them rather than trying to give it over a virtual platform.

 

  1. Security isn’t as big of an issue.

On virtual platforms, like zoom, there have been instances of people jumping onto group calls and yelling profanities or showing inappropriate images.  This isn’t something that regularly happens in a proper school setting.  Especially at LHS school in PJ, we take security very seriously.  No one is allowed on the premise unless they are a student or faculty of LHS.

 

  1. Parents don’t have to multi-task work and teaching.

In-school learning means parents can go about their day as normal.  Whether they work from home or are allowed to go into their office, parents have that luxury with in-school learning.  Online learning may mean needing to chaperone their children and help them study and learn which pulls their focus away from their chores and responsibilities.

 

  1. Social interaction is limited.

With online schooling comes a lack of socialising with other children.  This is a very important skill for them to have later on in life and it’s important to foster it while young!

 

Cons of In-School Learning

 

  1. Time and financial costs associated with commuting and travel.

Online learning can be convenient.  In fact, it can save a ton on gas and time.  Instead of having to leave the house at a certain time to beat the morning traffic, you can make your cup of coffee and get your children ready for school in the living room.

 

  1. Increased risk of Coronavirus and other viruses and bugs.

The more people you have in one place the more they are likely to pass bacteria and germs around.  This is especially risky for children who are more at-risk than other segments of the population.

 

In summary, there are definitely pros and cons to in-school learning.  Some countries, like the United States, are fusing the two:  Half in-school and half online learning.  Depending on your needs and the needs of your children, choosing between in-school learning or online learning is simply a matter of what works best for you and your family.

About Little Human Scholars School in PJ

Little Human Scholars is an all-in-one childcare solution.  It is a preschool, playschool, kindergarten, nursery and full-day daycare centre (with extended hours) located in the heart of PJ.

 

In fact, the location is one of the things which makes Little Human Scholars so sought after – it is conveniently nestled near Jalan Gasing, University hospital, PJ Old town, PJ New town, Jaya One, Jaya33, and the PJ IT Mall.

 

The best part is LHS school in PJ has premiere services many other schools in PJ don’t offer such as full-day daycare with extended hours, CCTV access for parents, and a nifty little phone app which provides parents with automatic updates on their child’s development, behaviour and health checks.

 

With full-time guards always present at each of their locations, access to CCTV (which is in every room except the office, bathroom and kitchen areas), and very strict pick-up and drop-off rules, Little Human Scholars treats every child who walks into its hallways as one of their own children!

 

This place has it all:  location, safety, health, IGSCE curriculum and play-based learning.  What more could you ask for?  Did I mention they also have transportation services and offer meal plans for students?  It doesn’t get any better than that.

 

If you are interested in a tour of one of our centres (that’s right, there’s more than one), all you need to do is fill out the form here or call +6017-7303-025 and an LHS administrative staff will get back with you shortly!

 

Cheers,

 

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