Popular Education sector Vocabulary of recent times

Once the nCOVID19 Pandemic triggered lockdowns and closure of schools, and other education & training systems. It meant that inevitably “going to school” was barred, and continues to be in most countries.

Many people invest more time to learn online, and also by reading, peer group interactions via Videoconferencing. (BTW, most studies have indicated that a typical individual learns about 60% via peer group interaction, 20% in the classroom, and 20% by using learning materials, and these could vary a little bit depending on the Individual’s background, socio-economic dispensation, geo-political issues).

The only way to ensure Education would not be discontinued or even paused was to embrace online learning and use of digital learning resources. It continues to be the situation in most places across the world.

During these times we are part of conversations, or listening to Educators during webinars, virtual conferences etc.,

Over the past 6 months the Education and Education community has been using words and phrases like “unlearning”, “relearning”, “unschooling”, deschooling”,”openschooling”, “homeschooling”, have become very popular. I looked up the definitions of deschooling, and it says as follows: Credit to Wikipedia

‘Deschooling is mainly credited to Ivan Illich, who felt that the traditional schooling children received needed to be reconstructed.[2] He believed that schools contained a “hidden curriculum” that caused learning to align with grades and accreditation rather than important skills.[3] Illich believed that the modern school is grounded on a foundation that is focused on growing schools as an industrialized system. [2] Illich communicated that the school system has formed a toxic industry that specializes in what families should be capable of forming themselves, namely education. According to Illich, schools align success on paper with academic excellence. He presumed that schools, grades, and diplomas gave false assumptions that the students have become knowledgeable in a certain educational concept.

John Holt was an educator who also believed in deschooling. His thoughts were closely aligned with Illich because neither were convinced that school was the place that taught students everything they needed to know.[2] Instead, they communicated that school was not the sole avenue for learning because students learn consistently through other facets, such as exposure to the natural world.[2] As a result, Illich and Holt saw schools as being insufficient because of their focus on strictly doing “skill drill” instead of other methods of learning.[2] Additionally, theorists of deschooling saw education as maintaining the social order.[4] Therefore, they wanted to “denounce the monopoly that traditional education institutions held on education and learning.”[4]

Does this mean “End of Schools”? I am sure that use of Technology in Education is here to stay, but in a blended mode, when we get to the New Normal.

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