Parent’s Perspectives On E-Learning

Melissa Hickey

E-learning is hard on lots of students and teachers, but I think we all forgot about the parents. How do the parents feel? My mom and dad have some different and some similar opinions and perspectives about e-learning. First, when I talked to my mom I asked about her overall opinion and how she thinks it’s going. She thinks it’s fine but there’s always going to be problems. Whether it’s internet problems, Zoom crashes, or not being able to get logged into anything. I asked her if she thinks kids will have more successes or more failures because of learning at home. She explained how she thinks that kids will have more failures and how she believes that it’s setting us up for failure. For example, for the kids with special needs it could be even harder on them because they’re used to having a teacher’s aide, or just another person with them. But in general, lots of kids need that one-on-one personal interaction to be able to understand material. To add to that, some parents aren’t home to help and aren’t teachers, so kids are missing out on teacher help and/or parent help some days. For the kids who lack discipline and responsibility, they might struggle more due to frustration and laziness. The kids who fall behind being in school are going to run into more problems from not being able to go to school at all. Some kids are more patient and responsible so they probably adapt better and succeed more, but not all kids are like that. For the days kids need to go in after school to get help, not all have transportation, so missing out on extra help is an obstacle too. Lastly, I asked how she thinks it has affected us at home. She doesn’t have any problems or negative things to say about it here at home because it’s just me. I don’t have other siblings as distractions and I do my work. I then talked to my dad. He thinks that if it’s not spreading a virus, then it’s a more positive thing. And I quote, “It sucks, but if it’s for our safety, then it’s a good thing.” When it comes to successes and failures, he believes that it’s an individual thing. Some kids need the classroom to focus because households can get too distracting. He also believes that being home is creating bad habits, like not having a structured routine. He thinks that in general with being in quarantine and staying safe we’re being distanced even further. It’s creating more distance between individuals because we lack the elbow-rubbing hallways or the struggles of going over the bridge and just the lack of seeing people face to face in general.