It is true that due to the unprecedented pandemic, everyone has shifted online. From online stores to online classes, everyone seems to be looking through the screens of their computers, laptops and mobile phones for countless hours. As a student, it is tiring to learn through the use of gadgets, to do homework, projects and even bond with our friends through screens. Almost all of us want to go back to physical or
face-to-face classes, mainly because it is really hard to concentrate when you are at home — not everyone has a conducive learning environment and a gadget to accompany them with online classes.
A lot of things became easier to do online but we neglect to look at the other side such as the effects of online learning on students. Traditional classroom learning offers public speaking and interaction with teachers and classmates that help with interpersonal skill development. This allows them to have the opportunity to learn how to carry themselves in the professional world.
Because online classes do not provide these experiences of working and communicating with others, its value for students significantly lowers.
Let us be honest: Government and schools are not prepared and properly equipped for this. Although we have to adjust to everything that has been going on, face-to-face classes should be a top priority. Online classes motivate students to finish the degree but not to learn. Having the chance to have a discussion with professors and peers helps motivate students to develop their own ideas.
The bond that students form with classmates and professors in a traditional classroom setting is already a learning experience that cannot be obtained through online classes. While it is argued that online classes are convenient and safe especially with the new surge of the virus, we cannot take away the fact that some things should remain the same even though society continues to evolve, and education is one of them. If malls and other establishments are slowly opening, perhaps government can also look into slowly opening schools. Students like me disclose their frustrations over online classes on the internet, some of them jokingly saying that they only enrolled for attendance.
That made me think of the real purpose of education. Do we really enroll to learn and develop skills we will need or just to get a diploma? — Kim Luna, University of Santo Tomas