MSE Poll: How do you rate the online education your kids are getting?
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Poll started 19 May 2020
School's out for millions of children and young people across the UK (though not all), with many parents relying on online teaching and resources to keep kids learning during lockdown. This week, we want to know how you're finding the remote education your kids are getting. PS: Thank you to all the teachers working hard for our kids throughout this period.
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Personally I don't think we should get too concerned ( although I feel for those who should have had exams). There are other important life lessons kids can be learning. Cooking, housework, exercise, finding creative ways to pass time and learning to be grateful for what we do have.
The children are sent "cosy" video's from their teachers who are at home on Yoga mats etc telling the children to stay safe!! We are appalled by there PR attempts.
In an affluent town there is no reason not to teach junior school children if the Headmaster is prepared to arrange this. This particular school is open for the children of Key Workers and has not closed down during the pandemic.
State Junior Schools cannot be compared to the efforts being made by Private Junior Schools who are teaching their classes online all day and marking each pupil's work as well.
The private school teachers have adapted to teaching children online and it's incredibly hard work.
Apparently the Government gave NO RULING to schools as to what or how to teach, they can teach or not, during the pandemic, it seems.
State school teachers have not stood up to scrutiny during this pandemic. The Government's promise to supply a computer to all children who need one, has not come to fruition but in affluent St Albans where those children who need a computer will happily be given one, there is no excuse not to teach junior school children online.
The point I wish to make is that in an affluent area where the school's PTA offered to buy the 3 or 4 children without a computer, a computer each, and fund any internet costs, the Headmaster remained firm. No online teaching. The picture you paint of of happily creative children is hardly reality. Their parents are mostly trying to hold down their jobs working from home. Trying to earn money to support their children who could, if they went to private school, be attending a school day online with their teacher and class mates.
Son at Uni on a forensic computer course says his on-line lessons aren't at the calibre they usually run at. You've also got the added complication of whether they will continue on-line for next year and the issue of whether they can share accommodation which makes us not to want to pay his rent for somewhere barely open and on-line classes. He can stay at home and do that!
Words, words, they're all we have to go by!.
(Pity they are mangled by this autocorrect!)
Then there is the kid in my tutor group whose mother insists he grows up in a screen-free household. He's a nice kid but hardly completely any set work because he had no way of accessing it.
The government in its infinite wisdom, instead of providing laptops to the vulnerable, decided that we already had 280 of them (based on what?) so we didn't get any, even though their decision was completely flawed. Actually we had 20 and all were lent to the pupil premium students.
BT put up notices, signs and banners in my hamlet proclaiming that fibre to the property was coming. This was in April. On 27th May a nice man knocked on the door to ask if we minded them moving a telegraph pole in our hedge. Of course not, crack on with it was our response. It was meant to happen on 28th May. Nearly 5 months later, nothing has happened. Our connection is still crap (but the DC are back at uni so at least I don't have to share). BT won't tell us when this mythical upgrade will happen. Yet people like the OP expect state school teachers to work online. Sort out the infrastructure, get every kid a working device and we'll get on with it. Until then, stop carping and have some sympathy for those of us trying to do our jobs under difficult circumstances. If you could do better, get on with it and stop criticising me and my colleagues.