Education systems need major reform in the light of lessons learned from COVID, according to a leading education academic.
Klaus Zierer, Professor of Education at the University of Augsburg, Germany, and an associate research fellow at the University of Oxford, U.K., has revealed ways in which the "collateral damage" from school closures is still hitting children and young people particularly hard.
He examines the evidence in his new book, "Educating the COVID Generation," published on May 17 by Routledge. The author believes policymakers are turning a blind eye not only to the physical, emotional and educational after-effects on children, but also to deep flaws in educational systems which have been exposed by the pandemic.
"The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the education system and at the same time exposed known weaknesses in a dramatic way. We are stumbling through this crisis from an educational policy perspective… It is hard to avoid the impression that educational policy is turning a blind eye to this," Professor Zierer says.
He suggests that three key flaws in education systems have been highlighted by the pandemic. They are:
The book sets out five key elements for a more joyful education:
Professor Zierer also describes how his own family struggled during COVID—he has three school-age children who were then aged 6, 9 and 11.
"We have not fallen as a family but we have stumbled many times," he says. "It fills me with concern that they have spent more time at home than at school between 2020 and 2022. How is a young person supposed to develop if they are cut off from the outside world, isolated from friends, quarantined again and again, and not allowed to do all the things that make life worth living?"
More information: Educating the Covid Generation: How We Can Prevent the Impending Educational Catastrophe after Covid. www.routledge.com/Educating-th … p/book/9781032528748
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