All Our Excuses Are Out the Window

COVID-19 is the game changer schools needed.

Group of fresh graduates students throwing their academic hats in the air in front of a building.
Photo by Vasily Koloda on https://unsplash.com/photos/8CqDvPuo_kI
  1. Najib Razak, Jho Low and 1MDB (and clown posters of politicians),
  2. and a nonagenarian prime minister for almost 2 years.
An empty auditorium with rows of chairs facing a podium and chalkboard.
This has been the predominant format for lessons to take place over the past century. Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.

Educators aren’t alone in this

Technology is a tool to be wielded in the hands of someone with the know-how. But even in the hands of a skilled educator, other obstacles are standing in the way: parents and students.

  1. Teachers who used to complain they lack audio-visual and computer skills are now discovering that Google is their friend, more than ever before (if a granny at 94 can get started on Twitter, we can manage).
  2. It used to be that computers were not available in every household, but that’s not true anymore. Everyone carries one in their pockets now. No, it’s not the same as having a computer but it just takes a mindset shift to work around the limitations we face.

What does this mean for us?

I think we are now in an interesting time for education, as far as challenging the status quo is concerned. This pandemic has forced us to look past the shadow of a century-old approach.

Husband, father, child of God. I write about things I’ve learnt in my daily life.