Not Attending School This Year due to Covid-19

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Skipping 2020-2021 school year?

  1. My child/siblings WILL attend school

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  2. My child/siblings WILL NOT attend school

    2 vote(s)
    5.7%
  3. I know a friend/relative who will SKIP this year

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  1. isaak

    isaak Active Member

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    Initially we were considering skipping school this year for my kids (incoming grade 7 and grade 12). My concern was that schools will be experimenting on online classes, and that learning might not be optimized. However I realized that it is ultimately better than doing nothing. So we're pushing with enrolment this year. My only beef is that my kids' school is charging almost the same tuition fees despite the online set-up.
     
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    Schools are incredibly profitable businesses right now. They save on their monthly electric bills (which used to be at least 500k a month), and yet they still collect 100% of the tuition, and in our case plus a 5% increase.

    My 5th grader and 9th grader can study online unsupervised because they're old enough, but surprisingly the most tedious for us is our youngest who is in Kinder. His assignments really make my wife and I feel like we're in school. So again, you're paying exorbitant tuition, and yet you do all the 90% of the work teaching too.

    As my wife and I both work, we don't know how our youngest will do in August or September when school starts.
     
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    We are considering skipping the year for our son who is 6 years old. We tried an online tutorial with one of his former teacher just to test how he will respond to online classes. So far it is not going too well, he keeps telling us that he wants to study but doesn't want to do it online. Plus, my wife and I will probably need to go back to the office soon. For his age, I don't think it will affect his academic growth that much, the problem is how he will spend the time at home.
     
  4. oldtimer

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    NO expert here, but you can get the textbooks used for Kindergarten and Grade 1 and get your son exposed to these books. There are workbooks and worksheets (downloadable) that you can get. Get some sort of a schedule that he can easily follow, just so he won't be disconnected from the routine of school.
     
  5. ice

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    just read this article this morning and remembered how difficult internet is outside the city.

    my cousins (up north) who lives outside the city can only get cable internet which is not even stable enough for Facetime.

    It's also been a constant complain by my daughter that her classmate's internet (in Manila) are not stable enough at night when they have to do group works.

    AMERICA’S INTERNET WASN’T PREPARED FOR ONLINE SCHOOL | The Verge
     
  6. oj88

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    We never entertained the idea of skipping school this year for our kids. Remote learning is, for the most part, still not ideal, but I think it's better than doing practically nothing. Anyway, they are stuck indoors.

    Besides, we figured that skipping a year might demoralize our kids when they realize that most of their peers could end up being a year ahead of them.
     
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    It's not just the learning that they will miss, it's also the socialization and interaction with classmates that happens during schooldays. Hopefully their schools also provide online venues for the children to interact, both socially and academically (e.g., group work), especially since they are cooped up in their respective homes.
     
  8. Seven Leaves

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    This pandemic might be a learning opportunity for kids to learn new computer skills. Thanks to online classes, my children learned and mastered new useful computer skills that they normally won't learn, or even if they learn, won't remember during face to face classes like Google suites, Zoom, email, etc. Normally most kids today won't touch those apps because they play with their tablets all-day. Sure they are great at Mobile Legends and Facebook but do not know how to create a survey form or a Google suites presentation. For me, stopping would not be such a wise decision despite classroom education not being 100%.

    Looking at our current unfortunate situation it seems like we have another year like this. If you are waiting for a vaccine or for the virus to clear up, it will be a long wait, and your child will be left behind while their classmates advance to the next level.
     
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  9. Seven Leaves

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    Electric bills are lower but so is enrollment. I doubt private schools are profitable right now, I have friends who work as admins for certain big schools and they told me that their enrollment dropped a lot: 30 to 50% down. In fact, many of them had to lay off teachers and staff because of this and a few private schools had to close. Many parents have been hit hard economically by the pandemic and lost their jobs and their livelihoods so a lot of private schools students are now enrolling in public schools.

    Even in normal times, DeptEd mandates that a minimum of 70% of tuition fees must go to teachers. (Can easily be Googled) Personally, I prefer my children's teachers to be well-paid for their difficult and thankless work. Many parents want cheap education but forget that teachers need to eat and take care of their families too.
     
    #29 Seven Leaves, Oct 28, 2020
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  10. tweek

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    They want the money that would go to teacher's salaries to instead be used for their next conspicuous consumption trip abroad to be posted on social media.

    Look at us! We're in Iceland!
     

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