Corona, an opportunity for new ideas

A few weeks ago when my son was physically at school, but his day ended at 12pm, I asked him how much he was in fact learning in a much shorter day?
He said because of the shorter format, it forces the teachers to be more efficient in their use of the time available.

I don’t think this is a criticism, it’s simply reality. I think it will force us all to be more efficient no matter what our profession is.

Business meetings are happening over zoom, school and university lessons. For youngsters, I would use it in conjunction with physical school definitely not instead of, and maybe only from about age 15.

The UK House of Commons conducts discussion, debate, and questioning of Govt. Ministers over Zoom.

Imagine if we had been doing it this way for the last decade or more. The streets would be less crowded, fewer vehicles on the road, the air quality would be better. Commercial office space would be cheaper to rent.
The ozone might be less depleted, etc.

I heard this week that bad air quality is the 3rd or 4th biggest killer of the world’s very young children. Yes, we need social interaction, but perhaps we don’t need as much as we thought we did? It’s really an open question for now… how much do we really need?

Covid-19 has presented us with very many questions. Questions that very very few people could even have comprehended would be asked until corona hit us all.

I’m an Art College graduate.
Printed textiles and surface pattern design.
“Art College teaches you to think outside the box.” 
At least that was the claim of my very first lesson at Art College in Manchester Polytechnic.
My art tutor said, forget about how you were taught art in school.
I’m going to teach you a new way to think, a more independent way of thinking and as a result, you will ask questions you never even thought to ask in your high schools and grammar schools.
To rethink your automatic fallback thinking.

During the pandemic, we are being advised by all the psychologists and the therapists to read more, do some artwork, try some creative writing, learn how to play a musical instrument, exercise more….. all the subjects in fact that Government after Government everywhere, have failed to support, year after year reducing the funding for the Arts and Sport.
Yet here we are in 2020, now being told that these areas are extremely important for our mental health. Who would have thought it?

I have been saying for many years that if more people learned how to be creative the world would be a better place.
I believe in it PASSIONATELY.

Corona asks of us many many questions.

I believe within corona there are answers too.

IF we look hard enough and rethink our outdated pre-corona thinking.

About the Author
Northern Ireland born & bred. Made Aliya in 1990 just before the Gulf War. WUJS in Arad (World Union of Jewish Students) graduate. Worked and lived in Baka Jerusalem since 1992 I'm a Centrist because the distance between Left and Right is too great, and I want to know what they're up to! Whether I'm writing about the state of world politics or a couple having a cuppa, my real aim is to close the gaps between us.
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