In future years, students will be asked to look back on the Pandemic and write about it, perhaps for a college application essay.
Why wait? Imagine that you are a student living in the future, perhaps a few years from now. How might you answer questions like the ones below?
Today's students, with help from their teachers, would benefit from thinking about these questions, and forming their own.
School cannot afford to be boring — especially now.
As classes shift online, some teachers may be tempted to ask students to stay focused on their textbook, as if nothing has changed. This would be an error. It would be awful for teachers to simply step to the digital lectern and drone on like Cuthbert Binns, the Hogwarts ghost professor so utterly boring that he died while lecturing — and failed to notice.
We hope teachers are learning about ways to keep classes interesting online, and thinking creatively about how to connect their lessons to what is happening now.
School cannot afford to be boring — especially now. Questions like those above, taken seriously, can serve as a bridge to serious academic work. They can be a starting place for creative writing assignments, historical research, scientific inquiry and who knows what else. They may also help students remember why they are deciding for themselves to put up with precautions that already may feel onerous.
Some students, creatively inspired, will produce amazing work in the coming months. Some of that work will be of lasting importance. It might just change the world.
Stay safe, everybody. Wash your hands.
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