No Change For Some Students During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Rob Hart
June 12, 2020 - 1:15 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Online learning has been exotic territory for many parents as school buildings shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the academic year winds down, parents are reflecting on remote learning practices that oftentimes forced parents to play the role of teacher while they were doing their own jobs from home.

Students at virtual schools watched the evolution with a sense of curiosity.  Chicago-area native Nicola Peck attends the Apex Learning Virtual School, which is an online curriculum founded by Microsoft's Paul Allen in 1997.  Peck joked that she went from curiosity to pioneer in a matter of months.

Peck told WBBM Newsradio that her curriculum has few deadlines and is guided by teachers.

"There was no significant pressure on parents to be like, 'Okay, I have to help my kid with this now, because they don't understand this.'  There are so many other resources that parents didn't have to be pressured with that in my opinion," Peck said.

Peck, 18, said the online curriculum does not have certain experiences that are unique to the classroom.

"I do think there are many benefits of classroom learning.  Like spinning ideas off of other students and your teachers that really enrich your life experience and expand your worldview, which you can't really get online," Peck said.

Many school districts said they will resume in-person learning in the fall, with restrictions in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  Many will develop an online learning curriculum in the event of a second wave of the virus.