1. Why Students don’t want to learn in a ‘COVID.’
You’ve been doing this long enough that you know this. Students aren’t into learning in a “COVID.” They want to learn in an environment where it is not just about the content, but about the process of learning itself. In the eyes of most students, the learning process is more important than the content.
And yet, students do care about how they learn. They do want to be able to measure their progress in their own terms, and they want to know what it takes to get there. That is why some students are also idealists; they don’t just want to be better in class; they want to be better at life too.
2. A brief history of the Khan Academy and K-12 education
The Khan Academy started in May 2022, with the goal of offering free online courses for anyone anywhere in the world. It quickly became popular, and the following month closed.
After some time, Khan Academy founder Salman Khan posted a video online to explain that he had decided to shut down his project because he no longer saw it as a solution to the educational problems of the future.
The video was seen by billions of people around the world, and even though it has since been removed from YouTube, it had an impact on education policy — one that is still being felt today.
3. SCHOOLS AND COVID: The pandemic changed American education overnight. Some changes are here to stay.
The idea of ‘covid’ is a bit of an archaic term. But the reality is that it’s not a misnomer. In fact, it’s a more accurate description of what students want to do in schools.
In my opinion, the trend in education isn’t so much about schooling at all. It’s not even about learning skills, it’s about what students want to learn and how they want to learn it.
In a recent report by the Pew Research Center on ‘What America Thinks About School,’ the following were their findings:
1) A majority (58%) of Americans says that college graduates are highly educated, but this number has declined over time;
2) 3/4 (66%) think most people who go to college end up doing very well for themselves;
3) 46% think most people who go to college end up doing very well for themselves but only because they have a good work ethic or because they have learned important life lessons through their college experience. There was also a 53% majority who said the opposite—that most people who go to college don’t do very well for themselves because they lack skills or experiences . . . . While we might be coming up on the start of what I would call the “Great Recession” and all its attendant effects, there are still plenty of indicators that indicate that our society is becoming more educated and more literate every year.”
As you can see, one out of four Americans believes that most people do not succeed in life because they lack the necessary skills or experience, while one out of three believe that kind of people will never succeed unless you give them things like better housing or jobs with benefits. These results come from a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center in 2014 during America’s bicentennial year, which means we are approaching many years since my last post. This survey covered 677 US adults ages 18 and older and was conducted from April 20-30th, 2014 with respondents being nationally representative within each poll using interviews and computer-assisted telephone interviews (CATI). The sampling error for these results is plus or minus 4 percentage points at a 95% confidence level. The margin of error for the national sample is plus or minus 3 percentage points at a 95% confidence level with 677 respondents in each poll for both national samples combined.
Here’s an example: If we see an event described as “A student walked
4. KIDS ARE GETTING COVID
How the omicron surge is impacting child hospitalizations, school safety
COVID stands for “covert observation”. It’s a stealth spy tactic that lets people observe how people interact in an open environment without them being aware of it. It’s also a tool of bullying and intimidation used by some teachers in an effort to control students’ behavior.
It’s not only in schools where it has been used for that purpose but has been used for many other purposes as well. In a letter to the editor published March 31, 2010, in The Philadelphia Inquirer, the author wrote:
“COVID is another tool used to manipulate behavior by bullying and intimidating children. Because COVID allows individuals to observe without being aware of their presence, they are unable to respond with anger or fear.”
You have been reading this magazine for quite some time now and I have noticed that you have changed your opinions on things since you started reading about them a long time ago. Your views on topics have changed over time because you’ve assimilated new information into your brain. Some things may change your opinion because they are obvious and others may be hard to accept at first but they will make sense when you think about them more carefully. In no particular order, let me tell you the reasons why kids don’t want to learn in a ‘covid.’ They’re walking out to prove their points in 2022
In the last episode of this series, I showed how a new survey from the American Council on Education had revealed that only 1% of college students were using Google Assistant, compared to 17% using Siri and 33% using Alexa.
(This study is from 2017, but it’s still a relevant topic for 2018.)
When I was growing up, you couldn’t get your news delivered by just asking for it. You had to pay for it or go on the internet and hunt down a website that offered it. In this case, I’m referring to Google News search results.
Then, there was Apple News. Then Amazon News. And then Microsoft News. But the numbers kept declining — until they finally stopped at zero (which is actually good news because as we are seeing today, Facebook is now becoming more and more bloated).
A few years ago, I noticed that students don’t want to learn in what they call a ‘COVID.’ They’re walking out to prove their points in 2022. In other words, people are going to school to be an activist or an academic who can tell others how great the world is compared to the one they grew up in (or maybe even better than theirs), instead of being a normal student who comes back home and gets their homework done because they’ve got no other plans for their day aside from studying for that evening’s test. This isn’t just about our kids as much as it’s about our countries’ kids — because every country should be able to have its own education system so that each generation can grow up with something unique and special (regardless of how many books and reports you read in school).