While there is no denying remote learning offers numerous benefits, I believe that returning to in-person learning is preferable. In-person learning really helps to not only make up for the disadvantages of remote learning but also provides other benefits.
The main downside of remote learning is the difficulty in interacting with teachers and friends. Without being physically present with your teachers it can feel unengaging. Cynthia Choi ‘21 remarked, “It’s hard to be engaged in a lecture during class, I feel online learning takes away the personal aspect of learning.” I agree as retaining information can be a lot harder online.
However this isn’t to say that remote learning is all bad. For many with long travel times to Whitney Young, being remote can be a saving grace. As Nico DeGrazia ‘21 said, “Without the added stress and time of commuting to school, I have had more time to work on homework.” I for one also appreciate the flexibility teachers have provided and the ability to use downtime at home.
While remote learning offers some bonuses, it also comes with emotional costs. Looking at a screen all day can be very draining. Andrew Elysee ‘21 noted, “It becomes difficult to stay focused during the longer classes.” Additionally with moving classes now being a click instead of a walk, I also feel less active than before.
While some aspects of remote learning are nice, there are more benefits to returning to in-person classes. Especially senior year, I want to see my friends before I go off to college.