Being a second grader in the 70s you cannot help but notice that anything and everything around you is changing. In fact, every time you turn around you are confronted with some sort of different technology.
Real Life Account Of Someone Who Had To Online Learning
Follow someone who went to this type of school, and read this column to find out what their stories were.
“Happily ever after” is for kiddos of sorts. Not everyone can afford to go to college. Especially not real-life, real-life college. This can be a major bummer, unless you’re one of the aforementioned “everyone”. Then, reading is your friend. Or is it your enemy?
Here’s an article that first came to my attention on Buzzfeed. And it happened to be written about a real-life account of someone who went through the process and was on the “side”. The essay in question, written by Laval Resina and titled “On Online Learning”, is worth reading, but basically it’s a story about real people and how real people learn (not how a faceless college tutor in Alabama is learning). The authorship doesn’t try to give up-to-date knowledge of college education, and instead, explores some basic social attitudes towards the issue.
“That’s the thing with higher education. We don’t think of it as something to write home about, but most people that are in post-secondary education are experiencing a bit of a crisis of sorts.”
The post is actually nearly 4,000 words long and for some reason, people seem to want to spend time reading it. The very first paragraph of the article states that people don’t talk about online learning; they’re always “shocked when I reveal the news to them that I’ve been taking classes online!” in a way that’s as though they’re the ones being shocked.
“[I’m] more surprised by how many people believe they don’t need to go to school if they’re able to send their child to college by parent-subsidized means, but then when you actually explain to them that their child’s academic talent can be found online, they just completely say, ‘I don’t need to go to school! Don’t worry about me, I’m well on my way!'”
I’m not sorry that Laval’s story resonated with a number of people, but why waste the time trying to make yourself seem like “somebodies”? There are people who understand what online learning is and can educate themselves and others on the subject. Just because you know a little about the subject doesn’t mean you’re “better” than anyone else and that your parents wouldn’t do just as well. If anyone doubts the quality of online learning, take it from Laval.
“[Online learning can] provide a better quality education than what most students actually get, where, students with small class sizes can actually get more individualized attention and are more likely to be prepared for college-level classes. Also, the ability to take more courses without paying for additional credit is something I wish more students knew about.
My whole story wasn’t in this post, but to be fair, I don’t think anyone would’ve expected me to write it or write at all about a topic that doesn’t seem as “cool” as I was taught it is. But I wanted to write this because learning the language and how to write about it matters. At first, it didn’t matter that Laval’s story was true. I thought it was a bit unrealistic and she was “shocked” when she let her parents know. My suspicion was that when parents revealed Laval’s story, she was ashamed. But since now that this post has gone viral, I’m seeing comments from individuals who have confronted the issue in a different light.
“Laval Resina: you deserve to live a meaningful life. You may have had more ‘a**holes’ [sarcasm] in college than your fellow students, but you didn’t deserve to throw a tantrum just because you were the one whose mom paid for your education.”
Despite the fact that we’re on the internet nowadays, and that adults have to post in comments about sharing this article or not posting it, I think Laval and her family matter. People matter more than their feelings! Especially after your life has been rocked by a horrific situation, such as losing a child, then it’s important to learn that you have a voice and that people do care!
Do you think online learning is for “real people”? Share your thoughts in the comments!