The writer is principal of Springdales School, Pusa Road, New Delhi
We need to offer spaces to our children, to vent, to throw tantrums, show pain, anger and angst. Our empathy, patience and compassion will help them to cope and contend with the prevailing uncertainty and dislocation.
Hopefully, the debate over the cancellation of board exams will help us identify gaps in the system and teach us how to make it more equitable and resilient
The entire education system will need to have an adaptive approach to ensure that our children succeed and find their place under the sun, nationally and globally.
We must stop worrying about the learning gaps, but think about how our children will cope with anxiety, uncertainty and change. Can our children breathe, meditate, relax, experience tenderness, trust, and do they know if they have a self to find?
If schools do not focus on adapting teaching materials that can reach the last child, then the consequence could be a generation of young illiterates. This will be detrimental for the society at large.
Today, even after a month of announcements and extensions, it is difficult to predict when schools will restart. Schooling is supposed to look after the emotional, social and behavioural health of children, which is diametrically opposite to social distancing.
A growing mistrust of educators is undermining the profession.