Education has been immensely affected by the on-going digitalization of everything the COVID-19 pandemic leashed upon the world. With schools closing down and universities moving exclusively into remote learning, teachers, and professors, as well as pupils and students, have found themselves working in completely new circumstances.
I want to step back for a minute and comment on the notion that (David Chard) I think most of the world has grown familiar with that education happens in places, right? In buildings, in schools, we call them schools globally; when in fact- learning happens everywhere- it happens on busses, in homes, it happens on playgrounds and fields etc.… It is the formalization of education that in some ways both interrupts learning- it says – “these things are not important, and these things are “and I think it is important to keep that in mind, because when disruptions happens to formal education-learning continues. Then the question is – how can we also have some of the high priority formal education continue as well? Well, I think we have to begin to think about how would we do that? How could we do that, in a way that would continue to advance learning in what we know is the best way to learn with real trial and error kind of fast failure and going back to drawing board trying things again. So, I think that is a precious priority to us.
Thinking of the post-Covid world, all across the world, not just here, there are young people, and there are teachers, who have had a spring like never before and probably will have summer like never before. Then in some point they will return to schools. How might they have changed, because of this experience?
I think their expectations are going to be different. I think their expectations are going to be higher, of when we are together, of when we make the effort to be in the same place together. I assume the expectation of the kinds of things you would accomplish in that space. If they do not, they should go up, right? We should not tolerate just listening to a talking head when we are together, because I can do that here, right, I do not need to be with you in a room.
It is hard to predict exactly, I would like to believe that teachers will learn some things about themselves that they did not think they could accomplish and because of that they will come back to schools with a whole new sort of outlook about how precious their time is and how it can be used differently and how they could engage kids with one-another, differently. I also think it will change how we prepare teachers quite honestly, I mean there are, you know, coming from college where that’s partly what we do, we are already looking at ways to think about how our teachers can use their virtual systems to spend time with students and learn that kind of tool to the trade. I think it could have a kind of revolutionary change.
I hope there is a renewed respect. I also think that there may be a change in expectations on the part of parents and families about schools and a little bit of pressure from them would not be a bad thing either. But I think now having a higher expectations for what good learning, but teaching and learning looks like, may be one of the most important outcomes of this.
Well, my worst fear is that the recession will be so deep that state governments and federal governments around the world will find themselves in a position where they can not fully fund education.
As we all see after a year being part of global pandemic, is that everything changes, and education is no exclusion. After the interview with David Chard, we understood that teachers will value their time with the children and students they spend with on another level. My opinion on this is the same as Mr. Chard, we need to see some new renewed respect from parents and children toward teachers and school facilities after the end of this crisis.
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