This article shows how virtual school could prove a positive experience for students with Asperger:
– Some shy, hyperactive or highly creative kids can focus and perform better without the distracting or intimidating aspects of socialisation in school
– some students find it empowering, getting a taste of more independence, having the flexibility to study when, how and at the pace they want. They can take ownership of their learning
– some benefit from a lighter agenda with no overload of activities, giving more time to dedicate to school work.
– others find easier to learn without the pressure of regular testing and the fear of failing that goes with it
– Students who have been victims of physical or verbal bullying at school feel safe at home and their participation and focus in class is improved
– some students are able to get more sleep at night which has a strong impact on their performance.
Which raises the questions: Is our current model too demanding? Do students really need to follow six or seven classes a day? Does school day need to be so long? Couldn’t remote learning become an option?..