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What's Next For Schools After Coronavirus? Here Are 5 Big Issues And Opportunities

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We may need several deep breaths too, as well as thinking and reflecting deeply on where we've been and still are during Covid time, and the kind of futures we need to create ... definitely a work in progress, while this is a very good stimulus to getting on the road, no more than one would expect from Andy Hargreaves.

I think a silver lining of this frightening time is that many teachers have had serious time to upskill technologically, and explore many varied ways of delivering material to students, to try to tap/appeal to into the many different thinking processes our students have. I also think that it may focus the govts stragies to provide adequate time for planning and upskilling instead of ad hoc, uncoordinated , input. I agree about the vocational training and attitudes towards this. I redeployed from a relatively academic school to an extremely challenging poor/working class school two years ago. I had never really questioned the academic style education we were offering all students in Ireland, but very quickly i was seriously questioning a one size fits all education. It is so wrong. It is a form of abuse towards the students who are so unsuited to it , an a form opof torture for the teachers who have to contain them every day. There should be adequate vocational and skills training from about age 15 for anyone who wants it, based mainly in the workplace but with time spent in an educational setting for two days a week, with a small monetary allowance attached. This would go along way towards changing attitudes of a certain sector towards education, and potentially relieving pressure areas in some sectors. I am a firm believer of there being a niche for everyone in society, once there is a desire to work. This would have a knock on effect on the mental health of our society too. Hopefully this pandemic will cause some decisions to be reassessed, for example nurses have been a major export from Ireland in recent years as well as an unattractive choice of profession because of the poor conditions they work in in Ireland. My own husbands comment was 'not for my daughters'. I think that says it all. It will be interesting to watch how this all shapes up. Will we have learned lessons from it, or will global greed pick up where it left off and continue merrily along its way? Ireland has a track record of NOT learning from example unfortunately.

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