COVID-19: How our educators and the education system are adapting
By Ozzy Lang
Everyone interacts with the education system, whether you are a student, parent, manager or colleague. The education system works to prepare young people for their futures but also plays a role in shaping the future itself. How the education system operates will have a marked effect on our society’s structure and how we take on the uncertainty of climate change.
In the last eight months, we have seen our education system rapidly adapting to the changes forced by the COVID-19 pandemic. Society at large can learn from some of the solutions and adaptations that educators have employed. Like so many other moments of unrest, this pandemic is one where we can look to our educators for leadership. We have been watching how the education system has been morphing during this pandemic. Educators of all kinds changed and adapted quickly to ensure their students’ safety to slow the spread of COVID-19. They have moved classes online, created outdoor classrooms, and developed new activities to ensure physical distancing. These changes have required educators to adopt new technologies and teaching methods to fit these unique circumstances.
The sudden stress of adapting to our new ‘normal’ has thrown the entire education system into a state of unrest. These rapid changes to teachers’ ways of interacting with their students have put pressure on formal and informal educators. Many teachers are now working in online classrooms, using video conferences and new tools to meet health restrictions. Understandably, many working in the education system are looking to get back to a sense of normalcy, returning to the way we were educated before the pandemic. However, some community leaders see the pandemic as an opportunity to build more resilient systems, including the education system.