This Year’s Question: Online or In-person?

Photo By Juliya Shangarey, photographer for shutterstock

Photo By Juliya Shangarey, photographer for shutterstock

As COVID-19 continues to spread across the globe, students are either having to choose between in-person or online, if they get to choose that is. What would you choose? I hope these accounts help you make up your mind.

I personally have experienced both because I choose to do in-person, but due to a COVID scare, I ended up taking a few days doing online school. In my head, I have been debating whether I like in-person or online better. Online was not as time-consuming and rigid schedule-wise because you cut out time spent interacting or being slowed down by others. I was finishing all my work before 12:00 pm every day and I was waking up about an hour and a half later than I usually do. On the other hand, online was far more frustrating than in-person. There were a few times I almost broke my computer, and you could easily get off track, this in part was due to the lack of communication when doing online. This lack of communication not only limits your understanding of the lesson, but it also limits your social life with people you wouldn’t particularly make a real attempt to talk to. The only other problem with in-person is the risk of getting COVID-19. Personally, my grandparents are afraid of physically interacting with use since all five members of my immediate family go to school/work in different areas with high in-person interactions.

I asked Garret Horoax, an online student at L&N and a friend of mine, to tell me about his experience with online. Mind you, he hasn’t gone into the post-COVID-19 in-person school system.

I started by asking Horoax why he chose online and he said, “I picked online because, for one, I don’t know anybody at my new school, but also I don’t want to get sick and I like being at my house with my desk in my room.”

“I think I am more effective online because I can go at my own speed and I am in my room so I am really comfortable with my surroundings. I mean I can get all my work done except for the zoom meetings really fast compared to school,” stated Horoax when asked which he was more effective in.

Then finally, I asked what has been most difficult for him and if he has any concerns Horoax said, “The only really difficult thing is communication and internet speeds. My main concern would probably be extended power outages or damage to my internet connection.”

It definitely seemed like he preferred online and I can’t blame him for it.

I went to Lauren George-Smith, a teacher at Farragut High School, and my mom, to receive a teacher’s insight on the issue. George-Smith says she is already teaching one class online, but the rest are in-person.

“It’s hard to get used to all the online stuff just because it’s new to us, but the kids seem to have little to no problem with it,” said George-Smith regarding websites like canvas. She seems to not be quite fond of the idea of an all-online school world.

She has had to teach from home for a few days and she says, “It was difficult, but I had to make the best out of it.”

When asked what major concern she had she said, “I am primarily worried about kids that don’t have internet access and how I am going to get kids to interact and connect to the lesson and get outside and find stuff for themselves.”

In conclusion, both online and in-person have their pros and cons and everyone has their own opinion about the subject. According to The Washington Post article, “Fearing coronavirus and missed classes, many parents prefer mixing online and in-person school, poll finds” by Laura Meckler and Emily Guskin, published on August 6, 2020, parents seem to prefer a mix of both online and in-person. To be honest, I don’t think it matters how people feel it will be up to the statistics. In these challenging times, people must be able to adapt.