Classist assumptions during distance learning is harmful

It’s crucial that the administration at St. Paul Academy should understand that not everyone has the privilege of technologies and their counterparts.

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Adrienne Gaylord

Not all students have such easy access to the resources to pull off complete distance learning.

Distance learning is a new phenomenon throughout the world when it comes to students. A lot of places all over the world—especially in the United States, as a result of our poor reaction towards COVID—are now becoming very familiar with “distance learning”: the main way to continue education while in quarantine. This changes the whole game All previous systems in play of how we came to school and did our work are not applicable anymore. While many accommodations have been made for SPA students to proceed with school while socially distant, the school is neglecting one thing. Not all students have such easy access to the resources to pull off complete distance learning.

While SPA is a private school, it’s easy to overlook that not everyone is financially well off. Being in distance learning without compassion over this understanding is difficult. Some people don’t have a good wifi connection at all times, which makes online courses unavailable. Instances like that are being brought to the forefront because of changes being made, but this issue is not new. It’s crucial that the administration at St. Paul Academy should understand that not everyone has the privilege of technologies and their counterparts.

The assumption that being rich and having lots of money at this school is not uncommon.”

The assumption that being rich and having lots of money at this school is not uncommon. While not having certain resources to do certain tasks is very debilitating and difficult, it’s just as bad that many social norms have been put into place that support classist ideologies. It’s significant to understand the perspectives of a variety of people in a community. Not everybody is going to have the same privileges as others, and working towards a greater understanding helps strengthen the community as a whole.