The Pros and Cons of Continuous Learning
In the past few months, continuous learning has become the new norm. For the most part, we have adapted to the lifestyle changes that it poses, yet some still lament the loss of what was once a normality. This semester, several changes have been implemented to provide more structure for students, but some aspects that simply cannot be replicated virtually.
There’s no doubt that continuous learning comes with a list of benefits. For one, it allows students more time to finish schoolwork and unwind due to the lack of commute time, which is particularly helpful for students in Gurgaon or other places that are far from school. Additionally, students have the opportunity to wake up significantly later than they would before continuous learning. This, in conjunction with the fact that teachers have the option to end classes early once there’s no more content, allows for a considerable increase in free time, which can be helpful not only academically but also personally. Some students may also find it less intimidating to participate in class over Zoom; however, that is a slightly more debated pro of continuous learning. Many students could argue the opposite. The extra time that students have been granted everyone from freshmen to seniors. It may facilitate the adjustment to a new workload for freshmen, while seniors are given more time to find a balance between schoolwork and college applications.
Despite these significant benefits, continuous learning is bittersweet due to the inevitable cons of continuous learning. Most importantly, the social aspect of school cannot truly be replicated online. Eating lunch with your friends, walking to class together, and even bumping into one another for a second throughout the day; each of these can be an uplifting experience that can only happen in person. In particular, seniors are at a disadvantage because they were spending their last year at AES without their friends and off-campus. Another aspect is group work during classes. While breakout rooms are a good substitute for working collaboratively, there is an inevitable awkwardness that accompanies them. Furthermore, having to reorganize our schedules to accommodate new club slots is slightly difficult to manage. Within the topic of clubs, coming to terms with the fact that MESAC may not happen as it usually does is also challenging.
Overall, there is a fair share of both pros and cons to continuous learning, but there has been a considerable amount of effort put into ensuring that it is as realistic as possible. With hybrid learning on the horizon, it may even be difficult to adjust to a lifestyle even more novel than this one.