Pro – Online schooling offers options, flexibility

Disclaimer: Given the current global Covid-19 pandemic, we understand that all SASD families had a terribly difficult decision to make last August. Parents had to choose between sending their children to buildings for face-to-face learning or enrolling their children in the Souderton Area Online Academy. While The Arrowhead’s Pro/Con is typically a friendly duel over a two-sided subject, this issue’s Pro/Con will be a little different. We will not be focusing on which type of learning environment is a better option; rather, we will be exploring the value of both educational environments.

Creating an easier, more comfortable learning environment, online school can help many students thrive. The work is, often, more manageable and comes with more options.
With components such as a more fluid schedule and time for other activities, online schooling is a great choice of most students. Why not learn from the comfort of your own home?
When you’re learning from the comfort of your own home, you can wear whatever you want and not have to worry what others would think.
Don’t feel like doing your hair and strapping yourself into that one outfit that’s never comfortable to wear but it’s too stylish not to? Don’t! You can just turn off your camera in classes and relax in more comfortable clothes.
Not only do students not want to have to get up and get fully ready at 6 a.m, with online school, they don’t have to worry about a long commute to and from school.
In a study conducted by Urban Institute, researchers found that, in the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years, the average high schooler in New York had a commute of 31.3 minutes each day. This is an hour of the day wasted on sitting in a bus doing nothing productive.
With this extra hour gained from no longer having a daily commute to and from school, students can have more time to focus on their passions and extra curricular activities.
Take some time in the day and dedicate it to a creative outlet of some sort: painting, drawing, making music. Maybe switch it up everyday; you can have fun with it.
Additionally, participating in online schooling can create an overall more fluid schedule to your day. Let’s face it: routines don’t work for everyone.
Sometimes, students need a more fluid schedule to add some excitement, independence and real world experience into their life.
Having the same, predicable schedule everyday can become boring and monotonous and won’t teach students how to effectively plan their day and how to adapt to a changing schedule day-to-day as they may need to in the real world.
By far one of the best things about participating in online school is that students can move at their own pace. If a student needs more time to focus on one subject and less on another, they have the freedom to do so.
According to an article from the Christa McAuliffe Academy School of Arts and Sciences (CMASAS), online learning can help to make the student’s learning experience more “well rounded.”
“With online school classes, students are able to choose how much time they devote to classes and assignments, and thus can study at their own pace. This makes learning easier to manage, less stressful and more well rounded,” CMASAS said.