Schools have closed because of the Coronavirus. That means we get an experiment in different types of study during the pandemic. Lots of school are doing online classes to keep up social distancing. Will school be online in the future?
The Prussian Model
Today, most people think that we need school, or no one would learn to read and write. Most schools today are public,which means they are run by the government. Until the 1850s, most schools in America were private, they were owned by people in the community. Kids still learned to read and write.
The current public school system is called the Prussian Model. It was invented in the 18th century in Prussia, which is now part of Germany. The rest of the world started using the Prussian Model, and it hasn’t changed much since.
Technology and School
Computers and the internet have changed schools. An example is the flipped classroom. In the flipped classroom, the teacher records a class for students to watch at home, then the students spend their class time working on their own. A lot of students say they like this method, and they can get better grades.
Since the government controls public schools, most follow the Prussian Model. That’s what the government knows. Coronavirus is changing things. Many schools are closing their physical classrooms and turning to online lessons.
When things go back to normal, millions of pupils will know what online classes are like. Will they to want to keep doing homeschooling and online classes?