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Snow Days Replaced by Online Learning?

Kathryn Young Thompson

When snow is forecast the night before, the first thing I do in the morning is check email on my phone to see if school has been canceled.  If it has, I say a quick prayer of thanks and roll over for fifteen extra minutes of sleep.  Being a stay-at-home mom, I love snow days. I know this isn’t the case for all parents, especially those who need to worry about childcare, those who live in places where snow days happen more than once or twice a year, and those whose kids are annoying.

But my leisurely snow day morning might one day include a quick emergency tidy of the living room, considering Laylee and Magoo’s teachers could be joining us there via webcam.

A recent USA Today article said that schools around the country are opting for connecting teachers to students online, rather than sacrificing school days in the name of bad weather.

I really like this idea but I wonder if enough families have the technological infrastructure in place to make this a viable reality or if it will just add to the economic divide in education.  Those with access to webcams and high speed internet will be able to participate and those without will be left in the cold.

What do you think?  Is online learning a decent substitute for snow days or would you rather just cuddle, drink hot cocoa and add more days to the end of the school year?

Kathryn Thompson is a mom to two school-aged kids, a toddler, and a deceased betta fish. She can also be found at The Parenting Post, and occasionally the gym.

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