Don’t Confuse Schooling With Learning: Rappler

Leaders in the Philippines consider postponing all public and private school classes until a Covid-19 vaccine is available. Experts warn that a vaccine may not be ready until next year, and perhaps never. Educators maintain that putting a pause on learning would create another crisis. “Children must continue learning and if not in traditional schooling, then in some other way,” writes Juan Miguel Luz for Rappler. “Every year of delay in learning can have a compounding effect on children falling further and further behind in learning.” Learning does not require daylong face-to-face encounters. Parents, teachers, students and entire communities must share responsibility and pursue creative approaches including online coursework, volunteer tutoring and internships, book and equipment trades, and more. Education should not end during the crisis and, instead, Luz urges political leaders and educators to shift resources and support new learning initiatives. The crisis, so disruptive to economies and routines, requires students of all ages to learn how to learn. Learning to learn and enjoying the process may be education’s ultimate goal. – YaleGlobal

Don't Confuse Schooling With Learning: Rappler

Pausing education during the Covid-19 pandemic will lead to another crisis – parents, teachers, communities must learn how to learn
Juan Miguel Luz
Friday, May 29, 2020

bare classroom in Yemen, damaged by missiles, with students and teacher
Crisis: Students continue to learn despite all types of crisis, including the war in Yemen (Source: AFP)

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Juan Miguel Luz is adjunct faculty at the Asian Institute of Management and former undersecretary with the Department of Education in the Philippines.

Principal Learning Objectives by Grade Level

Kindergarten – socialization skills

Grades 1-3 (early primary) – simple literacy and numeracy

4-6 (late primary) – functional literacy

7-10 (junior high school) – learning to think along disciplines

11-12 (senior high school) – aligning long-term interests with the world of work

Critical Thinking and Learning to Learn: Goals by Grade Grades 1 to 3: Learn how to ask good questions (who, what, where, when, how, and most importantly, why) in any subject and develop an ability to describe the world and explain what one sees, senses and thinks. Grades 4 to 6: Learn how to think about causality, what explains a particular phenomenon, how events may connect and trigger consequences. Grades 7 to 10: Learn how to target root causes to explain, debate and analyze phenomenon, events and happenings. Grades 11 to 12: Learn to construct arguments, present ideas clearly, and defend positions in discussions and debates.
(Source: Rappler and Juan Miguel Luz)

Developing these skills give children new abilities: “To take apart situations even if they have never seen these before, to solve problems as these arise, to articulate what they feel are important to them and to be able to defend these with well-thought arguments, if and when necessary,” Luz writes.

Learning to learn is a progression in skill-building. There are similar progressions in problem-solving, communication, digital literacy and more.

There is a bounty of education resources online, and here is a sample:

UNESCO Education Resources

Online Education Resources

Resources for Families & Teachers

Yale Online Teaching Tools

Library Textbooks - temporary access for Covid-19

10 Online Teaching Resources for Parents

Best Online Education Resources for Kids and Families

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