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The coronavirus has made learning opportunities very difficult these past several months. Schools have closed and become online. Although this is a great solution, there are concerns about not fulfilling the benefits of an in-person class. One concern is how the coronavirus will affect environmental classes, especially for young children. Is it still possible to somehow incorporate learning about nature while everything is online or is it impossible?

No, the coronavirus will not make learning outside impossible Show more Show less

Nature is an important part of everyone’s life. Vitamin B is provided by the sun, being outside encourages outside, and relieves stress. After COVID-19 has caused countries to go into quarantine, being outside has become limited. This is especially critical for young children and students focused on environmental studies and naturals sciences. However, there are ways to continue outdoor learning.
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The coronavirus will die off in the near future, making life normal again

The coronavirus has swept through the world. It’s caused a lot of fear and pain. But people should hope for the best. Outbreaks have died down before, so the same will happen with the coronavirus.
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Context

COVID-19 (coronavirus) broke out in China during December 2019. In January 2020, the virus spread to other countries like Thailand and Japan. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 to be a pandemic. The virus continues to gain new cases presently.

The Argument

Learning outside has become nonexistent with the coronavirus became a pandemic. It has left a lot of students without the freedom of hands-on learning about the earth’s environment. But this reality will end eventually. Like many epidemics and pandemics, the coronavirus will eventually die down. The flu, once considered a deadly disease, has since been controlled. The H1N1 virus (swine flu) was also eradicated. It’s safe to say that the coronavirus won’t stay around for long either. Students will be able to learn outside soon enough. Scientists estimate that the virus will start diminishing by the year 2021.[1] There’s even a hunt for a cure. All the odds are in the favor of academic life returning to normal.

Counter arguments

Currently, the coronavirus has no end in sight. Although scientists hope for a change by 2021, there’s still so much that the world doesn't know about the virus, which suggests that defeating it will be harder than it seems. Even South Korea is expecting another spike in cases.[2] The consensus is that there’s no obvious end to the outbreak. This means that students will not be safe anytime soon. The virus will be an ever-present threat until there is a definite treatment plan. In the meantime, schools will have to remain closed or limited. There will not any outdoor classes soon. It’s an unfortunate reality that everyone must face. The coronavirus won’t be gone soon. Maybe it will still be a problem in year 2021. So for now, there won’t be any outdoor activities.

Premises

[P1] The coronavirus outbreak will soon die down. [P2] Students will be able to safely learn outside soon.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P1] The coronavirus outbreak has no end in sight. [Rejecting P2] Students will not be able to safely learn outside anytime soon.

References

  1. https://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/a31406983/when-will-coronavirus-end/
  2. https://koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2020/07/119_292810.html

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