School of the air – advantages and disadvantages

A big thank you to my dynamic group of year 9 for their active contribution to this page!


 – The pupils do not have to get up very early to go to school (Perrine).

– They live in the middle of nature (Justin).

– They don’t have to carry heavy schoolbags all day long (Médina).

– They do not have a rigid timetable, they can organize themselves and become autonomous.

– If they are tired or bored, they can have a break, have a drink, have a snack or even a nap (Maud)!

– They can cheat during tests (Enzo).


 – It’s difficult for pupils in isolated areas to catch up when they miss a few days of school.  Remote (=isolated) communities do not always have the adequate technologies (for example : access to the web)

– New technologies are not always reliable, especially in the outback.

– There may be problems with their computers or their Internet connection (Médina).

– Poor families can’t afford (= don’t have enough money) to send their children to their school three or four times a year to meet their schoolmates (= school friends).

– Optional subjects are limited.

– Pupils can’t train properly, especially in vocational subjects.

– Very few teachers want to teach in virtual schools.

– Rural pupils are expected to work on the family farm, school is not always their parents’ priority.

– They can’t meet their schoolmates or their teachers because they live too far away (Nathanael)

– They haven’t got any social life because they can’t meet their schoolmates(Camille).

– They may be tempted to play on their computer instead of working (Romain)


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