As children many of us recall watching the evening news or listening to the morning weather radio reports to find out if the white flakes wafting from the sky would cause officials to close school for the day. One or two days were a dream, but an entire week brought about severe cabin fever from being away from structure and near-amnesia when we return to the books.
With technology comes the opportunity to inject some learning into those days of snowball fights and hot cocoa. At least two metro Atlanta systems — Gwinnett and Forsyth — have begun implementing a program where teachers teach from afar and students still have access to much of the support they need.
Although face-to-face interaction is idea, proponents say it’s better than adding an additional half hour to some days or tacking on time to the end of the school calendar. Critics say the “lessons” amount to nothing more than busy work and it does little for students.
What do you think? Should all school systems have plans in place to allow students to keep up with curriculuum when acts of God keep them out of the schoolhouse?
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