For many kids the most difficult part of this thing is how far it is removed from normal life as they knew it before. If you take away all attempts at distance learning, you aren’t just taking away the education portion.
You are also stripping away the connection with their teacher, their classmates and their regular routine.
As a mom, and a teacher‘s aide (at the moment), I do think we need to be careful about the work load, but I also think if my kids were told that they weren’t going to see anyone from the school till September, it would make life more difficult for them, not easier.
Also, as far as inequity goes, there is always a large divide between academic levels within a single grades… which is why I think that grades should be based on academic level, not age. This pandemic would be a great time to shift to that nationwide… but it isn’t likely to happen.
Plus, in some strange way, my kids play better when they have schoolwork than they do on days without it. It fills their day partially and makes the breaks more fun than them walking around bored by lunch. In addition, those zoom meetings go a long way towards me getting my work done for the students at my school.
Sorry to write a small essay, but even though there will always be some who just check out in this situation, for many others, some school is better than none.