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  • Writer's pictureJennifer Beasley

Education Matters

Updated: May 16, 2020

In education, we are in an anomalous position due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. Education matters, especially in the black community; one could say that it matters everywhere! It does. However, in black communities, most of what we see and learn is what our counterparts want us to see and learn. We all must stay informed about what is going on in the world. The best way to do that is to educate yourself beyond what is taught to you.

Online Learning

Most school districts in the United States began to engage in virtual learning (online learning) as a result of COVID-19. While making plans for the next academic school year, most states and local school districts neglected to rethink the make-up of school days or renovate their instructional days. This means that schools are stuck in the factory mode, where students go to school, and teachers deliver instruction the same way to students, with little to no differentiation. Most parents would prefer their children to receive instruction, personalized to their child’s learning needs.

What's Next in Education

I am a current professor at a junior college and a four-year college. During COVID-19, we had to transition to virtual (online) learning. Before teaching virtually, I had been a student in online classes for the past 15 years. In addition to being a student; I have also been teaching my curriculum using blended learning instructional methods (online and face-to-face) for the last 10 years. I was prepared to transition to online learning because my curriculum was online. My current Post-graduate studies are virtual. Considering all the facts that were stated above, I was astonished when I realized that most of the educational world was not ready to transition students to online learning. I’ll be watching the next steps and ideas of experts and professionals in education; the black community should join me in watching. As stated before, we all must stay informed about what is going on in the world, and that includes the educational world.

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