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BOE Member Farrell Voices Criticism of Virtual learning

December 2nd, 2020 by WCBC Radio

Allegany County Board of Education member Robert Farrell says he wants to see kids return to the classroom, suggesting that virtual learning is simply not working. After a virtual start to the school year, the Allegany County Public School System was in the midst of a gradual return to the classroom for students when the COVID-19 numbers spiked dramatically. That forced the school board, on the advice of state and local health officials, to return to the distance learning program.  The board is now making learning program decisions on a week-to-week basis. Appearing on WCBC’s “Dave Norman Show,"  Farrell said he believes in-person instruction is necessary in order for kids to receive real educational benefit. He also said the term “virtual learning” is a misnomer because, in his opinion, students aren’t gaining anything from the experience…