Students benefit more from traditional learning

Colin Kennedy

Traditional learning benefits students more than virtual learning. Students who learn traditionally have higher grades than those who learn virtually. These students have a consistent learning schedule as opposed to completing classwork at odd times throughout the day.  

Junior, McKailey Sauseda, recently made the switch from hybrid back to traditional learning. She was not getting the same quality education on days that she was virtually learning, and her grades improved when she came back to school traditionally.  

The teachers sent out everything I needed to learn the material, but it made it easier for me when my teachers explained everything face to face which made the quality of education better, said Sauseda. 

Face-to-face interaction is essential to teens in today’s world. Teenagers are used to communicating through social media and text messages, so they don’t have good in-person communication skills.   

I understand what’s going on more when my teacher explains it to me in person, which caused my grades [to improve],” said Sauseda. 

Traditional learners get to receive hands on learning as opposed to students who cannot physically come to class. Many classes at Starkville High School require hands on learning to help students better understand the material being taught.  

Anna Pike, Sports Medicine I & II teacher at Starkville High School, agrees virtual learners face more challenges than traditional learners, specifically in her class since it’s based so heavily on hands-on learning. 

 “I do think virtual students face more challenges by not having immediate access to me. Also, lack of a consistent schedule could pose problems. The structure of a school day makes it easier to stay on task...As we progress through Sports Medicine II, we learn to assess injuries, tape joints, and conduct basic first aid. I do believe this will pose challenges for the virtual students,” said Pike.  

Traditional learning has proved to increase grades, communication skills, and learning of students at Starkville High School.