Pause, Reset, Play: Reimagining education 2021
23 Mar 2022
Futures , Inclusion
Answering the questions that COVID-19 has asked of education systems around the world requires building on what we know works, but also looking ahead to what we anticipate children will need. COVID-19 has upended schooling around the world. The pace has been frenzied and urgency has overtaken strategy as remote learning, planning how to reopen schools, and supporting children academically and emotionally took centre stage. There has been little room for deeper reflection. Yet there are possible silver linings on the horizon, and it is important to sit back and think long and hard, and longer-term, to create a better education for every child. This thought-process starts with some old but key questions: What are we trying to achieve? Who for? And who by? How? And why? We will explore a number of contributory aspects, from technology to equity and equality; education versus schooling; 'more than a school'; and if every child is everyone's responsibility. The aim: to find some answers. Is it easy? No. Is it worth it? Absolutely!