Updated: Sep 16, 2020
Pupils across the world are returning to school after an enforced break because of the global pandemic. This break has given educators a chance to evaluate and rethink why they teach, how they teach and what they teach
So, what would you change about education in the post Covid world? (Comment below, I would love to hear your thoughts.)
Having reflected on this question throughout lockdown, two things kept coming back to me. Improved mental health provision and Improved ambitious financial guidance for pupils.
Improved Mental Health provision
Firstly, having been a teacher for over 15 years now, I have seen my young people’s mental health rapidly decline in that time. According to the World Health Organisation (1), 1 in 4 of us will suffer from a mental health disorder at some point in our lifetime.
The rise of social media over the last decade or so has been a key catalyst for this decline, add in Covid 19, and it is clear that we need a proactive approach that will empower our young people to take control of their mental health and give them the opportunity to build their mental fitness in the same way that we have seen a transformation in the way that many of the younger generation have taken control of their physical fitness.
Ambitious financial guidance
Secondly, I would like to see ambitious financial aptitude programs taught in schools to all pupils, that meets the needs of the 21st century, fit for this ever-changing world we live in. We are about to see one of the worst recessions in global history as countries grapple with the economic impact of Covid 19; add 10 or so emerging technologies and there are going to be clear winners and losers.
By adding in high quality ambitious financial aptitude programs, we can ensure that more pupils get to benefit from the opportunities ahead, and less of our young people get left on the scrap heap as the world heads towards the automation of many occupations.
There is a clear link between income levels and life expectancy (2) so let’s empower our young people to go on and earn well so they can take control of their lives. At Future Action, we are driven to help educators improve the life chances of young people through health, so that they can achieve their life goals.
Here at Future Action we have created CPD courses and resources to empower educators to achieve these two objectives. Please take a look at www.futureaction.co.uk, share with colleagues, and get in touch if you would like any more information about our courses.
Neil @ Future Action