The Education Week editorial board says there’s no need to stop teaching during the week as it “may cause long-term damage” to the academic system.
“We can neither afford to spend more money nor make sure that it doesn’t cause long term damage to the educational system,” they write.
“The end of education week may cause long time damage, in that the days between school and work may be shorter than usual.
But the most urgent question is not whether schools will be closed for the week, but when and how it will happen.”
It would be a mistake to put all of our eggs in one basket.
Many of us are working, studying and teaching, and we have a responsibility to the students we are teaching and to the schools we are supporting.
“According to the Education Week guidelines, “education week is a time when students are encouraged to get their academic needs met, and this should be a time for them to learn.
“In our view, the only way to avoid long-lasting damage to education is to change the rules of education, which should include a week of school not taught.”
This week is not the start of a new academic year, but it is the start for those students who have been struggling with academic needs, who are unable to do their work, who have to do extra schoolwork and who want to work in an environment where they are expected to do things in a different way.
“For this week, schools should be open, the clock should be turned back, and the time of the week should be the same as every week.”
However, some parents are worried about the effect that the week may have on children.
“As soon as we see a teacher, they should tell us immediately whether the child is learning at the pace that they should be learning.
If the teacher tells us the child has not learnt the right amount, then we should have no reason to continue to teach the child,” says Elena Bazzi, from Milan.”
If we know that the child isn’t learning at that rate, we should take them back to the classroom.”
According the guidelines, the school should take the child to a classroom where they can be assessed and if necessary, given a full break.
“That would give us time to talk to them and see if they’re ready to work.
If not, we need to take them to another school to continue learning.”
And when they have worked, we have to give them time to recover.
This way, they don’t lose their learning capacity, and they also don’t end up wasting time in a classroom with the teacher who’s not working.
“The Education Week campaign to encourage students to stay at school for the duration of the school year will be launched at the end a week on Thursday (21 February) when students will be able to register online.
The campaign is set to run across the country, from schools in the South, in Italy’s northern regions and in Sicily.”
What we need is a day when all children are working and we are not afraid to teach them,” says Dr Francesco Scorri, the executive director of the European Union’s national education service, EES.”
Because in a globalised world, we must always teach in our own language, and at our own pace, because that’s how we can learn and grow.
We need a week where we all can work and learn and to be in touch with our own children.
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