I Don’t Get It

What I really can’t fathom is people who put small children into online learning. There’s a tragic photo of a kindergartner crying in front of a computer that’s making the rounds. But why does the kindergartner need to be in a Zoom class at all? If your small child is at home, you are not working anyway. So what’s the point of planting the kid in front of a computer? If you don’t get to work and the kid doesn’t get to run around with other kids, then what’s the point?

I’m not trying to be polemical. I honestly don’t get it. It’s not like they learn anything that they can’t learn at any other time in these Zoom lessons.

I was in a Zoom meeting today. I’m an adult with uncommonly excellent powers of concentration. But I lost track of the conversation 10 minutes in. I grew bored, restless, fidgety, and just wanted to go away. If the exact same meeting were done in person, I’d actually enjoy it. The topic was interesting to me but now I don’t even know what was said.

6 thoughts on “I Don’t Get It”

  1. I have just started my second year of online education with my son. There is an hour and half of mandatory online classes per week, which my son enjoys. There is little enough of it that it counts as a treat. The rest of the work is a mixture of computers, books, and projects. It works for us because I enjoy doing the work with my son and he loves the attention.

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  2. Can’t we trot out our favorite Scandinavia stats and say “But Finnish kids don’t start school until age 7 and they’re fine, right?” …and just turn off the damn computer and send the kids outside to play.

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  3. I agree. I was in a department meeting yesterday and the information was interesting and engaging, but after 10 minutes, I was fidgety and ready to leave. I think it has something to do with physical chemistry and the energy people exude. It’s real. The batteries and other chemicals/components are not conducive to human biology. They zap our brains. I probably sound nutty, but I feel it so, maybe I am nutty.

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    1. No, I think you are actually the normal one. People are supposed to be in the physical company of each other. We are supposed to see each other’s faces.

      I don’t find it easy to read people’s facial expressions and I’m hard if hearing. When people around me are all masked, I feel completely lost as to what’s going on. I definitely can’t read the tops of their faces for facial expressions.

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