Home schooling our kids during a pandemic. Yeh, that.
Schooling our children at home when it’s not our lifestyle choice is a huge challenge for everyone involved. Teachers, parents and children are all trying to wade through the treacle and find an imperfect way to make this work. We are basically trying to squeeze a square peg through a round hole. Parents aren’t home schooling in the true spirit of home education, because the values that underpin that are entirely different from mainstream education. Parents are effectively a link between teachers and their children, facilitating what the children would be normally be provided with in person. We are basically the hook trying to hold on to the progress our children would be making if the situation was normal.
There are a few key issues that makes this pandemic home schooling situation precarious for families (and I’m not saying it shouldn’t be happening at all, we’ve got a medical system and lives to protect, but just acknowledging the challenge) and why so many parents are finding it overwhelming:
So, what’s the solution? Well, I honestly don’t think there is one. The saving grace is that this is temporary. The positive to take is that we are all doing our best.
There are some things though that can help relieve this pressure cooker situation.
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