Inside Opinion: Sheridan’s New Online Days
February 24, 2021
In lieu of the massive snow showers that have hit our area, we have had a lot of school days off. With all of these days spent at home doing nothing, Northern Local decided that we would use snow days as online days, so we can learn during the times we can’t come to school.
Opinions on this matter are very mixed, one side in support of this idea so we don’t have to have extra days of school near the end of the year, and so we can retain information over long breaks of school; and the other side against, typically because they are reluctant to have to do work on a “snow day.” So, let’s see if they are really worth it.
Online Day Pros
Though they aren’t very fun in the slightest, the online days do have some positive effects. Here are some:
- With many days of off school in a row, it’s important to keep up with new content
- If we don’t keep with it, we will ultimately forget important information
- If we have online days, we don’t have to add extra make-up days at the end of the school year
- It gives us something to do if we are completely snowed in
Sure they aren’t fun at all, and it is a pain to take some time out of your snow day to do school work, but the overall long term benefits of having online days are to great to overlook. It is important that we keep up with our schoolwork, especially since we have recently had so many days off in a row now. I don’t like them as much as the next guy, but you have to admit that they are useful.
Online Day Cons
Along with its pros, having school online also has its cons. Here are a few:
- It’s annoying to have to take time out of a snow day to do school work
- Keeping up/doing online work is difficult
There aren’t as many cons as there are pros, but one of them is very important to look at. Yes, it’s annoying to have to do school work on a snow day… but I have already covered the reason why we need to keep up with it. The big downside is, online work is hard.
Not only is it hard to keep up with all the work, there is just a lack of motivation. In school, you are there for one reason: to do the work. At home, however, doing work is ridden with so many other distractions, and it’s easy to get sidetracked and lose motivation. So we get a bunch of work dumped on us at the beginning of the day, have to soak it all in a take it on, and try not to be tempted by all the other things we could be doing.
All of these factors make doing work virtually really difficult. It always seems like there’s so much work to be done, and it can get overwhelming very easily. This is a major downside to online days, and it is the main reason why people don’t like them in the first place.
There are a lot more pros to online school, but the main downside to it is very large. Overall, I do not like online learning. It would work better if it was made less stressful, but I’m not sure how that would be accomplished. It is far easier to learn in person, and takes a lot of stress off of your shoulders when it’s not online. Though online work is more practical when we have to have a lot of days off of school, it is still very hard to do. This may be different for other people, but in my opinion, it is very difficult to keep up with.
Written By: Matthew Hilliard
Edited By: Kirstyn Gray