By Questioning citizen

If they cancel the rest of the school year, students would miss 2.5 months of education. Many people are concerned about students falling behind because of this. Yes, they may fall behind when it comes to classroom education…

But what if…

What if instead of falling “behind”, this group of kids are ADVANCED because of this? Hear me out…

What if they have more empathy, they enjoy family connection, they can be more creative and entertain themselves, they love to read, they love to express themselves in writing.

What if they enjoy the simple things, like their own backyard and sitting near a window in the quietness.

What if they notice the birds and the dates the different flowers emerge, and the calming renewal of a gentle rain shower?

What if this generation are the ones to learn to cook, organise their space, do their laundry, and keep a well-run home?

What if they learn to stretch a dollar and to live with less?

What if they learn to plan shopping trips and meals at home?

What if they learn the value of eating together as a family and finding the good to share in the small delights of the everyday?

What if they are the ones to place great value on our teachers and educational professionals, librarians, public servants and the previously invisible essential support workers like truck drivers, grocers, cashiers, custodians, logistics, and health care workers and their supporting staff, just to name a few of the millions taking care of us right now while we are sheltered in place?

What if among these children a great leader emerges who had the benefit of a slower pace and a simpler life to truly learn what really matters in this life?

What if they are AHEAD?!

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6 replies on “What if our children miss the rest of the school year?”

  1. Well QC, I am certainly for teaching children to save, and to teach them about responsible financing at an early age. Adults become selfish dependent on their situation and children suffer when their parents suffer. You could replace “what if” with “I have a dream”.

    1. RX they will need more than dreams, they will eventually need jobs, there are absolutely none now and there will be even less when they leave school. Where on earth do you think they will get money from.

  2. And in doing all that they may all benefit from staying alive when the virus could very well kill them.

  3. Anthony Cozier says:

    What if they go to the classroom and contract covid19, and eventually become a fatality, then what?.

  4. Betty Mc Kenzie says:

    ‘Falling behind’ of what or who? Teaching /learning still continues at home. It’s a pandemic, the rest of the world is in the similar educational situation.

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