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How would you as educators, get the covid message across more effectively than the government?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by modelmaker, Sep 24, 2020.

  1. modelmaker

    modelmaker Star commenter

    The thing that seems most apparent to me from the latest rise in covid cases, is that whatever the powers that be did to explain why we needed to be locked down in March was totally ineffective. Although Cummings gets the blame for the feckless behaviour of those who ignore safe practices during the pandemic, from his irresposible jollies to Cumbria and Barnard Castle, it seems to me that we'd have far less of a problem with this "second wave" if the messages given by the government hadn't been so appallingly confusing.

    Frankly, the government, despite having the benefit of current and ex-ministers of education in the cabinet in its ranks, didn't educate the public properly about the risks the virus poses.

    Back in my day, hardly anyone had a degree, but these days, they are two a penny, so we obviously have to conclude that teaching is far more effective these days than it previously was. So my question to you as educators, is what do you think the government did wrong with their coronavirus education strategy?

    Was it a problem that they didn't have Powerpoint presentations in their daily briefings or interactive whiteboards on hand? Should the government have set homework for the nation that they marked with different coloured pens? Was there a long-forgotten education strategy such as De Bono's "Six Thinking Hats" they might have used that would have made the difference? Would the equivalent of a learning walk during the briefings have helped?

    You're the specialists in education, so what would you advise the government to do this time round?
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  2. Nellyfuf2

    Nellyfuf2 Lead commenter

    Encourage. Give hope. Call for unity and community action and togetherness. Emotional well being and conflict resolution being key. (Early Years).
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  3. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    Doctors writing medical lines should have been required to report anyone off with covidlike symptoms and those numbers reported daily. along with the job they were absent from.
  4. sbkrobson

    sbkrobson Star commenter

    Actually care.
  5. colpee

    colpee Star commenter

    But surely the vast majority of people complied, which is the best one could hope for?

    The rise in covid cases really stemmed from releasing people from the strict conditions too early with a variety of interpretable 'conditions' that seemed optional, so people chose.
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  6. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    Walk around all day carrying a surveyor's 2 metre ranging pole with its metal end spike sharpened to demonstrate exactly what 2 metres is.
  7. emerald52

    emerald52 Star commenter

    Put health before profit.
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  8. CheeseMongler

    CheeseMongler Lead commenter

    I don't think I could teach a specification that I don't agree with or understand. I think that applies to whatever the government's message is at the moment.
  9. Newidentity

    Newidentity Occasional commenter

    Establish what the risks were and how they proposed to mitigate them BEFORE giving some half-baked advice which was then changed on a daily basis. Oh, and also make sure that the boy at the back who couldn't see properly got an optician's appointment...
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  10. gainly

    gainly Star commenter

    The message is so inconsistent people don't know what to the message is. Only a few weeks ago people were being threatened that they would lose their jobs if they continued to work from home. Now they're being told to work from home again. A few weeks ago pictures of crowded pubs and restaurants were being hailed as a triumph of eat out to help out. To everyone's amazement cases started to rise and now pubs are having to close at 10.00.
  11. modelmaker

    modelmaker Star commenter

    Exactly my point. Despite being the fountain of all knowledge so far as education is concerned, the government would surely get a poor rating from Ofsted for the way it educated its citizens about the pandemic risks and how to avoid them

    the government ought to have been in special measures long before the pandemic anyway, but that's a separate matter. What we need to know is how specialist educators can help them? Do we have a geography teacher among us who can advise the government in more imaginative use of coloured pencils?
  12. LondonCanary

    LondonCanary Star commenter

    5% of infections occurred in hospitality venues.
  13. LondonCanary

    LondonCanary Star commenter

    To be clear, which government are you talking about? All four have acted similarly, with similar outcomes.
  14. thyr

    thyr Occasional commenter

    Dear modelmaker, when exactly was back in your day?
  15. ACOYEAR8

    ACOYEAR8 Star commenter

    In an attempt to address this question, I imagine a school where there is a large playing field.
    The playing field is on the site of an old world war 2 mine factory and has never been declared entirely safe. All students have been advised not to go on to the field except those who feel they must go on to the field. Students can go on to the field if they have a written note from their parents. There is a sign telling people not to on to the field if at all possible. Under some circumstances, you can go on to the field but not after 10 at night.
    If you do decide to go on to the field, you can only go in groups of six -any more and you might set off a mine.
    Many students have been on the field but not set off any explosions. One or two students have set off mines and their shattered carcasses remain clustered in fly-blown lumps in the earthy pits created by the explosions. This does not act as a deterrent at all since many students feel that going on the field is, on balance, worth the risk.
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  16. LondonCanary

    LondonCanary Star commenter

    You should also advise no healthy student has ever been killed by one of those mines even when they step on one.
  17. hhhh

    hhhh Star commenter

    I don't agree that teaching must be better these days, just because more people have degrees. For a start, TB decided that most young people should go. In the past, it wasn't the norm to have a degree, and you could start most jobs without bits of paper (and arguably, starting at the bottom and working your way up, rather than sailing into a high position and being resented by your subordinates because you don't understand the job they do, is a good thing). Some of the best teachers had no degree, because they didn't need to have one. Many graduates can't get jobs now-it used to be the case that you would expect a graduate to be particularly clever, but now many employers complain they lack basic literacy skills.

    The reason that people 'don't understand' is partly because the Government sent out confusing messages, and changed things so often. If you kept saying one thing to a class, then changed your instructions again and again-and different teachers gave a slightly different explanation of 'the rules' (as in the masks in sandwich shops example from a few months ago), even the brightest, best-behaved students wouldn't cooperate.
    Many people aren't bright, and are selfish and uncaring, so with the best 'teaching', they'd still not do well and would break the rules, and many adults have done.
    But when the rules make no sense at all-as in having any restrictions on meeting while having schools fully open-many people will ignore them (I won't, and to try to control this virus, I think we all should obey them, but that's not the point).
  18. modelmaker

    modelmaker Star commenter

    There was a hint of satire in the OP.
  19. nizebaby

    nizebaby Star commenter

    I think the word guidance should never have been used. Guidance is too vague. Rules are rules but guidance is more akin to advice.
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  20. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    The thing that bothers me, having tried to watch the "gang of three" present the latest Covid flannel, is their presentation skills, or lack thereof. Whitty and Boris would have been two of the most boring lecturers at Uni. When I started teaching, having been on probably one of the worts teaching courses in the country, I taught myself to speak more slowly and not interrupt every sentence with "er", before during and after sentences. Whitty is the worst, his output is impossible to follow. Boris is nearly as bad, due to his "bluff and bluster", the other non-entity was a bit better. Didn't they do public speaking at Eton? No wonder they were advertising for a Boris substitute presenter, this lot are terrible.

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