Noliwe Rooks, a professor of literature at Cornell University, said school districts easily transitioning to online learning typically have students with the same skills and socioeconomic backgrounds.
“It would not seem to bode well for the New York City public schools, given the demographics -- but we don’t know how it’s going to turn out, but we know it [online learning] works best with students whose basic skills are intact,” she said.
Students who know the basics, have an innate curiosity, and often test at the upper levels of standardized testing will do well in online learning, she said. But for those who are grade levels behind and who don’t know the fundamentals, online learning “is often a complete disaster."
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