Due to the complex ongoing of the pandemic, school graduations have been canceled and classes are carried out through virtual learning. Students can’t see their friends and teachers face to face. But they’re used to with this learning method and wait for the time the class starts to see their friends. The story below of a 5-year-old-boy response to his virtual class will melt the heart of millions and also shows the difficulties of distance learning during the pandemic. Take a minute to read and think of it.
When Jana Coombs’s 5-year-old son returned to his virtual learning last week, she saw him struggling.
Her 5-year-old son is a kindergartener at a school in Coweta County, Georgia. The boy was so frustrated with the remote back-to-school learning experiences, that he put his head down and cried.
Seeing him crying, Jane knew she needed to do something. So she captured a photo and shared it online on August 17. The mother hoped to raise the awareness around the difficulty some students face not being in a classroom.
“I just took that picture because I wanted people to see reality,” Coombs told CNN affiliate WXIA. “And then he came over and we hugged and I was crying right along with him.”
A new school year has begun. It has led to educators and parents nationwide clashing over starting in-person classes amid the pandemic. As of Tuesday, the coronavirus has infected more than 5.7 million people and killed over 178,000 nationwide, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
Most of the school systems nationwide decided to start the school year completely online, but some schools organize traditional full-time classes. A handful of schools are doing a mixture of both.
Some studies — including a report published in August by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association — have shown how easily children can get and spread coronavirus.
But some pediatricians also caution that distance-learning has negative consequences for students of primary age and for working families. Many families don’t have childcare.
Jana told CNN she believes her son and many other children are suffering without an option to learn in-person.
“Education is essential for these children, and it’s more than one plus one equals two,” Coombs told CNN. “Socialization and hands-on experience is how elementary kids learn best.”.
The mother of four said she also feels for other families.
“Juggling a household, having an infant in the house, getting 5,000 emails a day from all their teachers, trying to keep up … different apps, different codes, different platforms, some links don’t work,” Coombs told WXIA. “You’re running from one laptop to another.”
Still, the mother said what she is thankful for is the teachers who have gone “above and beyond to make this as painless as possible.