Content-type: text/html ~ Stephen's Web ~ Ottawa families give mixed reviews for online schooling

Stephen Downes

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This article focuses entirely on two families, so it should not be taken as in any way representative. Overall, in Ottawa, " about 27 per cent of elementary students and 22 per cent of high school students chose online learning. The Ottawa Catholic School Board says roughly a quarter of its students are online." But there are interesting tidbits that fill out and give complexion to the story of learning from home during the pandemic. In one case, being online offered an escape from being bullied at school. In another, there's "the 'chill' morning routine, compared to the stress of physically getting to school." Nobody thought that the sudden pivot to online learning would be perfect. But getting 'mixed reviews' is far better than the disaster it could have been.

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