With the CoVID 19 pandemic, a lot of governments have taken the decision to close schools. And probably the majority of them will follow over time. The children (776.7 million of them) are now at home, and I’ve been informed by a newsreader on Irish tv that “homeschooling is the new norm”. But is that really true?
Different schools, and even different teachers within schools, have approached things in different ways. Some are providing online classes via platforms such as Zoom. Some are utilising online learning tools for subjects like math. Some are emailing children work to do. Others have sent the kids home with “school packs” to keep them busy. All have at the very minimum made the kids bring home all their textbooks to complete. Some have told the kids to do what they can, when they can. Others have to kids to log in at specific times and keep to the school schedule.
This is not homeschooling.
It’s not the online classes, the schedule, the textbooks, the curriculum etc that’s the problem. Many homeschooling kids have all of these things.
The problem is that WHAT the kids learn, and WHEN and HOW are all being dictated by the schools. Instead of by the kids and/or their parents. This is “school at home” or “school in a different physical setting to usual.”
Schools are still very much calling the shots. And that really is muddying the waters. The number of homeschoolers is still only around 2% of the world’s children at most. And homeschooling is definitely not “the new normal”.