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Online school’s benefits versus its detriments

Minnesota has seen a spike in freezing temperatures, and perilous weather conditions––which has resulted in several online school days this year.

February 19, 2019

Online school is beneficial

To some, online school may be the end of the world––staying at home on a snow day with homework to do isn’t ideal. Nevertheless, I believe there are many benefits to it. First, you have the driving situation. With the past three online school days we had, it would have been rather hard to trust your car on the roads. Also driving in the snow and ice is not a risk worth taking. There is the benefit of staying in your pajamas the whole day and doing work from the comfort of your own home, which doesn’t cause anxiety. You also get to sleep in, which allows for you to get a good start to the day and it allows our brain to work better. This also goes into how we can take our time learning and working at our own pace instead of working against the clock which allows us to understand things a lot better. And when you need a break, you can just take one with no consequences. Furthermore, I felt like I completed all of my work much faster than I would during a whole school day, giving me more time for the rest of the day. In addition to that, PowerSchool Learning maede it pretty easy to use to find homework. It was almost easier that finding homework on regular school days. Online school to me was pretty great, I got to sleep in and and have a relaxing day while getting all of my school work done.

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Online school is disadvantageous

To me, online school is a waste of time. Although it’s great to be able to sleep in and not have to drive to school, students are still assigned as much work as they would have gotten on a normal school day. On top of that, a lot of students don’t even complete the work they are given, due to not knowing how to complete it or simply not being motivated to do it. This ends in the student getting behind in class, and not being able to catch up in good time. Teachers should be more inclined to give less work in order to help their students succeed, rather than choosing that day to challenge them and see if they are responsible enough to get their work done. The point of cancelling school for a snow day is to give students a day to relax and get themselves together for the next day. Because we are given online school, I feel like I am even more stressed out than I would have been if I just came to school. In the end, students should either be given a full snow day or be required to come into school at 8:00 AM, and teachers should abstain from giving students online assignments.

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