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Online learning has uses — and abuses

It is with much interest and some concern that I read your Dec. 19 editorial “Online classes in schools aren’t just a way to save money,” regarding online learning at high schools in Manchester, N.H. As a high school teacher who uses “blended learning” environments, I can attest that online learning tools help many students, especially those who struggle in traditional classes. However, we must not lose sight of the bigger issue: Teachers are not being provided for students, and online learning is being used as a substitute for human interaction, and not an enhancement to classroom learning.

I teach history, which is probably what you meant by a “lecture” subject. However, to present my class as an online lecture section would go against years of research-based best practices and deny students the interactions and deep conceptual learning that my blended-model lecture videos make space for during the traditional school day.

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