The Pros And Cons To Cyber School

The Pros And Cons To Cyber School

What are the positives and negatives?
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Pros:

1. Flexibility

Distance learning in education allows for a flexible school day. Rather than having eight hours of time taken from a student’s day, cyber school is a lenient schedule that allows the student to work at convenient times.

2. Self-directed

Education is all about working with a student’s individual needs, intelligence and learning preferences. Cyber school is all about the students. It is always accommodating and planning directly for the learner.

3. Better accessibility

A student is not restricted to only one school district to learn in that one setting. Distance learning in education is accessible to everyone and anyone from anywhere. A quality and consistent education is made possible for all.

4. You can learn wherever and whenever

Rather than being restricted to receiving an education in one setting during one specific time in the day, cyber school allows students to learn wherever and whenever they want. The time of day does not matter and students can learn from the comfort of wherever they please, even their own homes.

5. Lower cost

Not only is cyber-schooling accessible and flexible, it is affordable. School materials are provided for. There is no worrying about back to school shopping or packing a lunch anymore.


Cons:

1. No social interaction

Distance learning in education is exactly what the term is. Students are distanced from peers and other students. The social skills students gain from a school environment are not present in cyber school.

2. No instructor face time

Not only are the peers not present, the teachers are not either. Teachers interact through virtual chat and emailing. Students in cyber school are missing out on crucial teacher moments and interactions.

3. Effectiveness of assessments

In distance learning, assessments are not as effective as those carried out by a teacher in a classroom setting. A teacher can convey multiple assessments such as observational notes, group assessments, individual assessments, portfolios, written work, etc. In cyber school, there is only really one way to assess a student — by the work they submit online. While submitting this work, students still have access to books and notes. With this being said, online assessments are not very accurate.

4. No learning environment

A cyber environment is simply a virtual classroom, but it leaves out all of the stimulating features that a real classroom holds. Not only is a classroom a space dedicated to learning, it is filled with learners. Cyber school leaves out the aspect of creating a caring community of learners.

5. Higher risk of distractions

While trying to do school assignments on the computer, one can easily be distracted by a number of things: house duties, cell phones, online games and media sites and so much more. Is a student really capable of putting their best effort in with the constant distractions? The school environment lessens the distractions when it comes to learning. It engages rather than disengages.

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8 Struggles Of Being 21 And Looking 12

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“You'll appreciate it when you're older." Do you know how many times my mom has told me this? Too many to count. Every time I complain about looking young that is the response I get. I know she's right, I will love looking young when I'm in my 40s. However, looking young is a real struggle in your 20s. Here's what we have to deal with:

1. Everyone thinks your younger sister or brother is the older one.

True story: someone actually thought my younger sister was my mom once. I've really gotten used to this but it still sucks.

2. You ALWAYS get carded.

Every. Single. Time. Since I know I look young, I never even bothered with a fake ID my first couple of years of college because I knew it would never work. If I'm being completely honest, I was nervous when I turned 21 that the bartender would think my real driver's license was a fake.

3. People look at your driver's license for an awkward amount of time.

So no one has actually thought my real driver's license is fake but that doesn't stop them from doing a double take and giving me *that look.* The look that says, “Wow, you don't look that old." And sometimes people will just flat out say that. The best part is this doesn't just happen when you're purchasing alcohol. This has happened to me at the movie theater.

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4. People will give you *that look* when they see you drinking alcohol.

You just want to turn around and scream “I'M 21, IT'S LEGAL. STOP JUDGING ME."

5. People are shocked to find out you're in college.

If I had a dollar for every time someone had a shocked expression on their face after I told them I'm a junior in college I could pay off all of my student loan debt. It's funny because when random people ask me how school is going, I pretty much assume they think I'm in high school and the shocked look on their face when I start to talk about my college classes confirms I'm right.

6. For some reason wearing your hair in a ponytail makes you look younger.

I don't understand this one but it's true. Especially if I don't have any makeup on I could honestly pass for a child.

7. Meeting an actual 12-year-old who looks older than you.

We all know one. That random 12-year-old who looks extremely mature for her age and you get angry because life isn't fair.

8. Being handed a kids' menu.

This is my personal favorite. It happens more often than it should. The best part of this is it's your turn to give someone a look. The look that says, "You've got to be kidding me".

Looking young is a real struggle and I don't think everyone realizes it. However, with all the struggles that come with looking young, we still take advantage of it. Have you ever gone to a museum or event where if you're under a certain age you get in for a discounted price? Yeah? Well, that's when I bet you wish you were us. And kids' meals are way cheaper than regular meals so there have definitely been a couple times when I've kept that kids' menu.

So, all in all, it's not the worst thing in the world but it's definitely a struggle.

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Academics is definitely something important for students, but it seems that creativity is pushed aside too often.

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As students, we are heavily focused on academics. Some of us may also be heavily focused on athletics. Anything that helps or is integrated into our academic careers has a way of controlling how we live our daily life. We go to class, we study and do homework, we attend activities/work, and then we most likely have little time to relax.

One thing that seems to lack in the academic world is creativity. Many students may say "Well, I'm not creative." Why have students subjected themselves to being uncreative individuals? How does someone define "creativity" as the verbatim definition across the world? Creativity can be used widely if we are aware of how it can be done.

  1. In the classroom, students can find creative ways to approach a debate, a different way of understanding a topic, changing the argument and allowing different perspectives and voices to be heard, and so much more.
  2. Students can find different ways of changing the issues our communities may face such as homelessness, segregated communities, etc.
  3. Organizations can be created to fill in the gaps our communities may have (including in a university).
  4. Students can remain to do creative activities such as crafts, writing, art, etc. This can be done within different organizations or in the comfort of the student's home.
  5. There are different platforms that encourage creativity like photoshop, video editing software, websites like Wattpad to create and share your own stories, and more.

We cannot let academics take over every moment of our lives. It can easily result in a point where we have no motivation to do anything at all because we are in a constant routine that can drain us. We are more than school, although it is still very important. If we shall succeed, we have to embrace the things we love to do and not forget about who we are.

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