Your kids. They mean the world to you, and you can keep their attention for an hour or two, but it gets exhausting. Good teachers are heroes!
In these times of full- or part-time “remote learning,” parents from sea to shining sea will continue to be on the hook for the organization of their progeny’s pedagogy. From three days a week in Montgomery County, Maryland to the full five in Fremont County, California, the burden is real for many parents and guardians, not just in the USA but in large parts of the Americas, as well as in western Asia and North Africa.
For those of you lucky to have access to computers and the online world, you didn’t need COVID-19 to know that our modern devices are valuable assistants in child minding when used responsibly. Who hasn’t experienced a calm weekend afternoon thanks to a well-placed episode or two of Dora the Explorer or Blue’s Clues?
The year 2020 has been an odd one. Sometimes it seems like we are living in a perpetual ‘now,’ forced to adapt day-by-day to new, unforeseen conditions. But make no mistake: if we get to reap the benefit of so many high-quality educational tools and of so much good knowledge-sharing around educating our children, it isn’t the result of the business world figuring out they could make money during this pandemic.
The apps, sites, and ideas that will make educating at home easier for everyone are the products of years of research and development by activist pioneers, great educators, and field experts, supported by some of the biggest charitable trusts in the world.
A Bit of Theory
You know about the Khan Academy and you can figure out the best education apps in a few minutes. But at times your children will need more than the best apps can give. They will need meaningful time off-screen. They will need time to roam, figuratively if not literally. And they will need time with you, their primary educator.
For you, how you spend that time can make the difference between having a good time or feeling frustrated and depressed. Three recent trends in education can help you build a ladder up to the fun stuff.