Virtual vs. In-Person learning, and the Church's Response in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic

The conversation has been ongoing and continuous on the impacts of COVID-19 on the education landscape. Concerns have escalated on both sides of the argument ON everything from safety issues to the lack of methods of implementing aspects of social emotional learning.

Social Emotional learning or whole child education, is an evidence-based approach that teaches children how to manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships and make responsible decisions.

Schools offer children opportunities for both education and socialization.

But as the coronavirus pandemic continues to keep children at home, some are forming their own neighborhood learning pods.

As a professional in the ministry, I’ve constantly challenged church leaders to seek ways to support families, still recovering from last spring’s sudden adjustment to home-based learning.

I have asked questions and challenged congregational leaders to investigate how their underutilized church buildings might be put to a new use IN A WAY that allows education to continue while freeing up parents to work and attend to other responsibilities.

Some congregations across the country are responding to this very important issue. In fact, some have found ways of reimagining children’s and youth ministry in some really amazing ways by serving families and meeting concrete needs,

Proposals range from hosting students during online classes to providing study hall space for them to work independently.

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