CHS teachers question the value of an online education

According to the teachers at Canfield High School, the pandemic had negative effects on the students’ learning.

Just like anything, there were ups and downs in regards to online schooling rather than being present in the classroom. We asked math teachers Walter Hurdley and Joyce Stoffer for their perspectives.

“It was just too difficult to tell whose work was whose,” said Stoffer.

When students made the choice to participate online or were in quarantine, it was clear to teachers that the work may have been duplicated off others. Students had a lower work ethic when at home versus at school.

Hurdley said, “I didn’t have any students take the test online because I would assume, from past experiences, that they would cheat.”

When asked if students had an advantage online, the teachers felt that their education was compromised.

Stoffer replied, “They might have had an advantage to get a higher grade but they didn’t have an advantage to what they actually learned.”

“When it comes to learning, I think they were at a great disadvantage,” Hurdley stated.

He believes that teachers give the benefit of the doubt and cut students a lot of slack in most situations leading to not learning as much.

Students definitely found ways around the system. Whether it be using other resources, making up excuses, or having extra time on assignments, there were multiple loopholes. 

In conclusion, Joyce Stoffer and Walter Hurdley believe that students who went to school blossomed academically compared to students who either did online school or got quarantined.

“I don’t think you can judge the validity of anything that was done online,” Stoffer concluded.