The Realities of Online Schooling with CGA's Penelope Barton

11/03/20246 minute read
The Realities of Online Schooling with CGA's Penelope Barton

In a recent article on, Penelope Barton, CEO at Crimson Global Academy (CGA), addresses the common myths encircling the realm of online schooling. Reflecting on the initial days of COVID-19, Barton touches upon the notion that many families' perceptions of online learning are still colored by those early, makeshift attempts at education during lockdowns. "That is not an online school – that was the best option in an emergency,” states Barton. So what are other common misperceptions around online schooling? Guided by Barton's expertise, we’ll look at the benefits that online education represents for families today.

7 Myths of Online Learning Debunked

Myth 1: The Social Void

One of the predominant myths Barton addresses is the concern over social isolation. Critics of online schooling often argue that students miss out on crucial social interactions. However, Barton rebuffs this by pointing out the myriad ways CGA fosters a vibrant community, "Students studying online now have a wide range of resources that enable them to develop close friendships with children who have similar interests and values – even if they are geographically spread out." This directly challenges the stereotype, illustrating how online schools like CGA are pioneering platforms for connection, not isolation.

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Myth 2: Distraction Overload

Another frequent assumption is that online schooling is a breeding ground for distractions. Barton dismantles this myth, emphasizing the personalized attention and structured environment that CGA provides to keep students focused. She explains, "The programs offered at online schools are individualized to meet the student’s academic level, needs, and interests." This approach ensures that students are engaged and less likely to be distracted, as they're learning at a pace and level that suits them best.

Myth 3: Online Learning Compromises on Quality Education

A pervasive myth is that online education cannot match the quality of traditional, in-person schooling. In reality, CGA ensures that students receive an education that is not only on par with but often surpasses traditional schooling in quality. Through a curriculum designed by experts and delivered by experienced educators, students engage in deep learning that prepares them for success in higher education and their future careers.

For a closer look at how CGA maintains its high educational standards explore our blog by Dr Jamie Beaton, the Co-founder and CEO of CGA, 5 Issues Solved by Online Learning.

Myth 4: A Refuge for the Misfit

Barton offers a broader perspective on the notion that online schooling is only for students who don’t fit into traditional education settings. "It’s more accurate to say that traditional schools do not fit the needs of all children." Online schools offer tailored education that caters to a diverse array of needs, from those in remote locations to students aspiring to prestigious universities, and even those with unique talents requiring flexible schedules.

Myth 5: Questionable Qualifications

Perhaps one of the more serious concerns parents have is about the legitimacy and recognition of qualifications earned through online schooling. “Online schools ensure the learning outcomes are designed to meet the requirements of universities and secondary institutions both in the country where the student resides and internationally,” says Barton.

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Myth 6: Lack of Personalized Attention

From the onset, students' goals and needs are assessed at an online school, with programs and support structures tailored to ensure every child thrives. "Online schools have an average class size of 10-12 students," Barton highlights, ensuring that each student receives the attention and guidance they deserve.

Myth 7: Lack of Real-World Skills Development

There's a common belief that online schools are too academically focused, neglecting the development of essential real-world skills. CGA’s curriculum offers students a holistic approach through critical thinking, collaboration, digital literacy, and self-management. Through project-based learning and various extracurriculars, CGA students actively apply their knowledge in real-world scenarios.

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