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Distance Learning (Opinion Essay Example)

Mantas Vilčinskas

Distance learning has proved to be beneficial and can easily substitute the ordinary school routine. What is your opinion?

Remote or distance learning has existed for a long time, however it has never been used nationwide to substitute traditional learning. It became necessary after most of the world went into quarantine. While I believe that distance learning can work for some people and in some cases, I also clearly see its flaws and would rather go back to what was once “normal”. Why?

One of the many things determining our behavior is the environment. The psychological effects of staying at home cascade and affect our productivity. Some are more fortunate than others: if you live in an urban area, you may have great internet, but not nature and fresh air like in the countryside. Some are fortunate enough to be able to set up their workspace for success. Unfortunately, not everyone has a dedicated room or an interruption-free space. These problems — the feeling of being out of control at your own home, almost trapped, lonely — are important to be dealt with, but did not exist before quarantine to the same extent. The school — as an institution — ideally puts in the mood for working. It is the great equalizer. As such, students’ results are dependent on their financial and family situation more than ever, increasing inequality which is already a problem in countries like Lithuania.

On the other hand, online learning is sometimes better than traditional learning. Assuming your environment is suitable for work, what you need is determination. Some teachers continue to lead excellent classes and listen to their students’ feedback, while others, like expected, did not adapt to this new way of learning. I started going to high school in 2016 — when Brexit and Trump came into the spotlight — and will end high school in 2020 — in the midst of a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic that could have been softened with worldwide cooperation. My generation has seen enough obstacles and with the right support everything is possible. In fact, you are forced to learn how to find information online, work independently, ask questions, and now is a good time to experiment with going paperless, for instance. There is hope. Therefore, you might learn valuable life skills and pave yourself a different, but not too shabby, path for life.

To sum up, it is possible to both love and hate online learning, but my opinion lies somewhere in-between. If home is a place where you can work just as, if not more, efficiently, that could genuinely make this experiment — this leap of faith — even better than ordinary in-person learning. Otherwise, you have to try your best and understand that this too shall pass, adapt, and ask for help. That is what I am doing.

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