Common Sense in our Children's Education
The government has decided to open up the schools on May 14. Two weeks before the summer holiday without acknowledging the teacher's and principal's opinion even though they are the experts in the particular sector. Teachers and other school staffs are the ones in charge of our children's education as well as their safety, nutrition, and every other important thing that the children will need to make their school days a safe and supportive school environment.
However, the government will open the school for two weeks, which is only 40 hours for 1-3 graders, because they are worried about the minority of children who are at risk of exclusion
(syrjäytynyt). They explained how these children are vulnerable without school because the teachers are not able to locate them. They explained how these children are vulnerable without school because the teachers are not able to locate them. But how about the majority of times when these children are not in school, at the weekends and the coming summer holiday? Is it really the educator's duty to save them or is it the social and healthcare worker's duty to find them and keep them safe?
Remote Teaching and Classroom teaching
However, most of the children are doing well in distant learning. The teachers have made a remarkable transition from classroom teaching to remote teaching in a brief period. Remote education will not be an option, says Li Andersson, when the school opens its doors to classroom teaching. To some teachers, its a relief. But one must consider that if there is another new wave of the pandemic which is worse than this. Will our schools stay open, or do we go back to remote teaching? And can we develop distant learning to a level that the quality is more stable for all our children with the right tools and types of equipment?
For most, virtual learning is a welcomed option in these uncertain times. It helps some students to concentrate better; no one is disturbing, or bullying; no need to walk or ride to school, and learning happens at the pace of the student. The children get to focus on education. This also helps the children that are in need of classroom teaching, because they were able to go to school if their guardians have wanted them to do so. Some children with special needs have benefitted that most children are at-home learning.