Is Online Learning Really More Democratic?

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June 15, 2020


Greg Kaplan


When Covid-19 hit and schools across the nation shut down, parents and students of all ages, from 5-year-old children in Kindergarten to seniors waiting on college admission decisions, had to get used to learning in an all new way: 100% online. To some, online learning is a necessary evil. To others, transitioning to an online format appears to be a more democratic system for learning. 

A Forbes article from this past April* highlights the argument that, while we lose crucial aspects of human connection and in-person intellectual engagement through online learning, the virtual format is actually far less hierarchical than a traditional classroom environment.

In the end, whether online learning is “good” or “bad” wholly depends on the personalities of the individual students who attend these classes. What we do know for sure is that labeling online learning in a positive or negative light is inconsequential because it is likely here to stay for the next school year and, perhaps, beyond. 

We believe that this is an opportunity for students to build skills and perspective to engage with online learning and communication, because this may become more of the norm in both the classroom and workplace going forward.

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