That's great it's working for them but they are the exception. What's more, they are still going to be set back when schools do re-open. The teachers are going to have to go back and review a lot of what has been taught - you have to teach to the class level. Then there's the toll on the kids - depression from all the isolation, especially High School kids, is rampant. Adolescent suicide due to COVID shutdowns far outpaces adolescent deaths due to COVID. It's not even close.I disagree with this. My 8th and 9th grader have been remote all year. Our choice. Both kids have been engaged with class. My 9th grader's teachers have told me in conferences about how engaged he has been. I do have to stay on top of him with homework but that has been the case since he was in 5th grade so nothing new. My 8th grader has exceled more with being home then at school. She has no drama to deal with to distract her. Both have learned the same amount as they would in school. I am not saying that this works for everyone because I know it does not but that there are kids that are engaged and paying attention to what is happening in there class even though they are remote.
This does not happen here. My kids do not have access to work ahead of time. They get the work as the kids in school get it. They are in the same classes as the kids in school just online. My DD has had 100% in Math both quarters this year and has had none of the work early. She is getting all A's and maybe 1 B. DS is getting all A's and B's and does great on tests. He gets none of his work early. They both do great on test because they study and do the work that is given to them. They have changed none of their school habits either with being home except for eating when they want. They have 10 minutes between classes so they have time to grab a snack.
For every kid for whom remote learning is working, there are dozens who are like my DD15 - withdrawn, barely talks to us, failing classes they would have otherwise aced, unmotivated to the point of not even bothering to take exams. It is a daily, sometimes hourly struggle for me to keep her engaged at all. THAT is the norm.
The real bummer about all of this is it is so unnecessary. Florida has had schools open from the start and they took a lot of flack for that. Well, turns out they got it right, as now every expert is demanding that schools re-open, and many are of my mindset - they should have never closed in the first place.