Online Education: Tug of War between Students and Parents

The coronavirus has also affected the educational environment: teachers are forced to give lessons via Online Education.

Online Education

Currently, some of us are still in lockdown. Every house is a world, they say, and it is so. The doors of the interior develop lifestyles, personality styles and relationship games, among others. Online Education is new for everyone.

There are people who break schedules, collapse over meals, swim too much, get disorganized and lose track of isolation. Others are more rigid: they strictly maintain the organization of meals, hours of sleep and meals, even reinforcing the routine.

There are also single people who experience this moment in a very special way.

In any case, with or without children, alone or with a partner, the crisis caused by the coronavirus is absolutely subjective, like all the experiences of all beings on this blessed planet.

The confinement also forced changes in the lifestyle of the elderly, but also of the young. More specifically, the latter have moved from real school to virtual lessons in order to continue their education. The question that comes to mind then is: What does online education entail?

Online Education: Let's Start the Lessons

Online Education: Let’s Start the Lessons!

Technology, still so criticized by adults for its sedentary appearance, the lack of communication and the isolation it generates in children, is now a front-line element in successfully communicating and maintaining a routine. While our body remains locked up, our mind flies to different places.

As a university professor, virtuality has always helped me to teach in other countries or provinces without traveling, and today more than ever. Currently, virtual lessons are essential to continue the school year.

Primary Education Online

Primary Education Online

Online education is a complicated subject. Despite its short existence, it has already created innumerable parental-filial conflicts, between couples, between brothers, between fathers, mothers and teachers… It is therefore a source of conflicts between all.

On the one hand, we find families with one, two or more children in different elementary grades. And the more children there are, the higher the level of complications. Especially since some homes do not have more than one computer.

Parents get angry with their children because they don’t know who to prioritize for computer use or they get angry with teachers because they organize classes for different groups at the same time.

Online Schooling

It is also common for children to fight with each other over computer use, among other emotional triangulations. Conclusion: this situation generates a real battle.

Better organization of classes would be a big help (which does not happen). For this, it would be ideal if the lesson times were not the same for all children.

Another detail, and not the least, is that most parents are from a generation that did not grow up with the computer, that is, they are not tech-savvy. So there are many children who teach their own parents how to surf the Internet.

So, many of these children are empowered and disqualify their parents because they only manage Word, a little bit of Excel and, of course, Facebook, not even Instagram. And as you would expect, these reactions from children prompt a response from parents.

None of the schools organized teaching through the networks. So they had to go to the arena to cover classes that had started in person and are now live.

As a result, the school with satisfied parents turned chaotic. Not only because they have to surf networks to impart knowledge, but they navigate in the uncertainty and disorganization of the attempt to organize lessons, and therefore in chaos.

The Challenges of Online Education

The Challenges of Online Education

Learning platforms were born: Jitsi, Webinar, Sakai, Moodle, Ed Modo and, of course, Zoom, the king of all systems. The school had to learn each of these systems, and then teach them to their teachers and parents. Parents had to do the same with their children. In this whole chain, it is impossible that there are not problems!

Students must therefore not only learn the content of the subjects, but also to use these learning platforms. In addition, they need to help their own parents understand these platforms, and sometimes even their teachers. Then come the written tasks which must also be uploaded to the platform …

Disoriented children and disoriented parents try to guide disoriented children and parents. To which are added disoriented teachers who try to guide the disorientation of parents and their students. Everyone then ends up being disoriented. Add to all this fact that the connection is failing. All of this results in explosive chaos. Yes, a day of fury.

In addition, children, beyond school tasks, also want to play, talk, activate games on the tablet and PlayStation, etc. And during this, the bad mood and intolerance of parents increases because they are exhausted.

Now We Need Another Way

Now We Need Another Way ….

Please stop! Because if we don’t stop the chaos, it will dominate us. And to get it all in order, we need to organize and set limits. What can be done must be done. And if the job is not done, the teachers and the school need to be understanding. It’s an absolutely special time.

Let’s not forget that the stress of life in quarantine adds to the stress of children’s online education. Therefore, reducing this stress means slowing down to improve learning processes. And I’m not talking about learning the content of the topics, but rather learning to manage this new online systematization.

Let’s not pretend to be cyberspace geniuses, YouTube gymnasts, kitchen chefs, reading scholars, or superheroes.

Conclude Online Education: We just need to learn from this historic moment. Show tolerance, don’t demand too much of yourself, just build a better life. With that in mind, our children and we will be better during this Coronavirus Pandemic.

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