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The Wall Street Journal has a lot to learn about remote education

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Joel Belz Joel is WORLD's founder. He contributes regular commentary for WORLD Magazine and WORLD Radio. Joel has served as editor, publisher, and CEO over three decades at WORLD and is the author of Consider These Things. Joel resides with his wife, Carol, near Asheville, N.C.


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I had experiences with teachers that were technologically challenged.  There were several meetings and sessions coaching teachers how to use Zoom or other technology.  They were slow to learning and slow to get things going, it was awful.  They just were not prepared.  Now that they have some training and know what to do, most teachers I've talked to do not like it, and prefer hands-on.  This says nothing about dedicated homeschoolers, not everyone can or should be expected to do it.  


I don't think I remember the WSJ article, so maybe I have no cause to comment. But I have three boys in public schools. The online experience was a disaster. Homeschoolers have parents involved, teaching at home, I presume. But whole counties of children often have parents that are working, or not involved. The instructions from teachers were confusing and came in like a flood. Most children couldn't have navigated it alone. It was truly a disaster.I think the "moving public schools to online" thing has really no comparison to the homeschool model. And I wonder if the WSJ article stated they were related? I hope not.