As all things are destined to change, schools are also in the evolution process. They can never remain the same. Along with safeguards in regard to any kind of epidemic outbreak, schools would also need to cater to the demands of equipping a student for the various crisis in life and society.
Even before the epidemic, a large amount had been invested in the growth and adoption of a new educational system based on Ed-tech avenues reaching the US $18.66 billion in 2019 and the overall market to reach up to $350 billion by 2025.
From audiovisual languages and online learning software to virtual tutoring, online learning has, in fact, seen a surge.
Changes to classroom
Though computer usage, online tests, and the like used to occur in student days, but these were quite rare and never on a daily basis.
Things have changed, and schools need to adopt a hybrid system of education, where students will start building on their assignments individually, on a remote basis. By 2021, the divide in learning needs to be bridged at any cost, lest it affects the future of the world.
Hygiene, physical and emotional
In 2016, NPR reported anxiety-related issues in students across the US. With the pandemic on the rise and the schools closed, more than 50% of students are either depressed or emotionally unstable.
Best Colleges surveyed homes with high school or college students, only to find that 44% are uncertain about future prospects.
At the same time, psychologists and psychiatrists across the world have opined that it is high time that emotional health is a pivotal part of formal education.
Different style of teaching
Some from the teaching fraternity have found it a struggle to get acclimatised to the current situation. Though the struggle remains, things have turned in favour of the student community who have always found online learning a very pleasurable one.
Being the tech-savvy they are, they get access to the countless possibilities and resources at their fingertips. Apart from imparting knowledge, teachers will start nourishing intelligent and responsible global citizens.
The fact remains that the landscape of education is changing. Educators need to address issues of the current pandemic and the uncertainties associated with it. At the same time, students are more open to the world around them than ever. They want to know more.
With the strong desire to grow, connect, and evolve, education has not stopped. Instead of shutting down, it’s now shifting to a whole new realm of the 21st-century model. The change was inevitable, but the pandemic has sped up the process.