I have long thought – and hoped – that the days of the school house were over.
Now that laptops contain almost all of human knowledge, there is no need for the brick and mortar schoolhouse or the public library anymore. They just devour tax money as quickly as Jerry Nadler at an all you can eat buffet. And what do we get for it? Students seem to get dumber at every testing session.
One of the results of the coronavirus lockdown may be that the way students are educated is radically changed.
That’s the belief of Sean Brooks at the American Thinker. He writes:
“Many students across the world have been receiving an education online in recent weeks for the very first time. They are gaining new experiences with their families, along with new experiences with their neighborhood peers, and hopefully reading books to further their own independent education. Many students have always done this, and many more are now discovering it for the very first time. But when students return to their brick-and-mortar schools which they previously attended, student-to-teacher conflict will inevitably rise.
“Upon return, students may see many of their teachers as lazy or unprofessional, now that many students personally and individually know that factual content is widely available on the internet and said information may not be widely shared, nor allowed within brick-and-mortar school settings. The restrictions that are placed on students within school settings may continue to hinder their learning, and without pushback, students will fall back into the same trap where they existed before. The games and gimmicks that previously existed within many school-based settings may now be seen as the waste of time they truly are, and student participation in such events may dramatically drop, much to the dismay of many educators and administrators themselves. However, this awakening among the student population may create a chain-breaking event that will undoubtedly create public and verbalized conflict within such school-based settings.
“I seriously doubt that today’s students will take the return to such dogmas lying down. For example, many school district administrators, including superintendents themselves, are encouraging or requiring their teachers and other school employees to engage in what are being called ‘Vehicle Parades.’ These parades are made up of school employees who collectively drive in a giant line of their own cars, and honk their way through their students’ neighborhoods to remind the students that they still exist and that the teachers are still there to teach them. Or, perhaps school employees are engaging in this activity believing that if they do so, they will not lose their students to an online homeschooling environment that is far healthier.
“Put yourself in the shoes of a middle school or high school student for one moment. Would you want your teachers and administrators showing up in your neighborhood honking their car horns loudly by your house, as you are learning quietly within the safety of your own home? The irony and ridiculousness of these vehicle parades, and other activities like them, are palpable.
“Now that American students, and frankly students across the world, have experienced the true nature of self-driven learning, their willingness to return to their schools of old will be met with hostility between students and their parents first. This interpersonal home-based conflict will be inevitable. Many families will now be grappling with what to do for their child as they witnessed their child experience a formal education beforehand, where violence, depression, indoctrination, politicization and conformity routinely dominated their school-based environments. Now that those very students have had the chance to breathe on their own as an individual, while still learning and receiving an effective education where the content is limitless and free from the above distractions, many students themselves will take the initiative and suggest to their parents that they remain a homeschooled student within an online environment, with a self-driven attitude. If this is met with resistance from their parents, conflict will inevitably exist. If these students who prefer the homeschooled online environment are forced to return to their old school, this reintroduction into the brick-and-mortar school environment may set in a newfound level of clinical depression among America’s youth. This is not an exaggeration. At this stage of the game, what kind of student would really want to return to their formal brick-and-mortar school, knowing what they know now about receiving an education, and having the time to compare the two environments from a healthy and objective standpoint?”
Consider, too, that parents may like it that their children are not being indoctrinated into the liberal mindset. They can have clearer oversight on what their kids are learning. Many of us who had kids in school in the 90s and 00s have been horrified to learn the propaganda they absorbed, even with conservatism at home. Maybe they’d learn to think for themselves if they were away from a progressive soaked agenda.
What about bullying and gangs? If kids are learning in home group environments, the chances of that plummet.
Could it follow that school could go year round with students better able to keep the learning they’ve ingested rather than have a loss from a three months’ absence?
No worries about racial quotas or inequality either. Each student would have the same plan and opportunity to learn. Discipline? Either they learn or they fail. The quality of the teachers would be the same across the board.
Of course, the teachers union will fight this.
Bean concludes that “The educational revolution and awakening that is taking place right now will create a snowball effect that will positively impact generations to come. More questions will be asked. More answers will be sought. However, more conflict will inevitably erupt between students and their instructors — because if restrictions on learning factual content are placed on students, in particular in America, such divisions will not stand unless one side gives way. My hope is that students and parents positively engage in this fight, and my hope is that teachers, administrators, and professors learn — that they may not be the ‘experts’ they think they are.”
And then there’s this comment from from the teachers’ side:
Teaching is a dying profession. The job is low-paying, stressful, and widely disrespected. Young people avoid it like the plague, choosing more lucrative careers in healthcare or technology, where they are respected as adult professionals, and not berated by helicopter parents or used as target practice by unruly students. The turnover rate – especially in the first few years – is devastating. Worse, the pipeline of education majors has largely dried up. The Peter Pan collar “Suzy Cream Cheese” suburban white girls who once made up the bulk of the profession have moved on to bigger and better things. The few who remain are mostly Pre-K or Elementary Ed majors looking for a position at Sweet Apple Grade School in Pleasant Valley, USA. When they find out that all they’ll be offered is a classroom full of severe behavioral disorders in the ghetto, the bloom goes quickly off the rose. Who wants to teach junior high or high school thugs in the inner-city these days? It was always a tough sell and relatively few were ever able to handle it – and this sort of self-sacrificing “beat me/whip me/treat me like dirt” martyr-type is practically non-existent among this me-oriented generation. And, again, most of those who DO go into teaching, run like hell within 5 years. AND warn off prospective hires. This lockdown has shut down schools, shut down teaching internships, and given ample opportunity for interns to investigate other avenues of employment (like healthcare) that provide steadier employment in adverse times. This quarantine will NOT go well for the teaching profession.