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Organize a “walking school bus” where kids meet at designated spots to walk or bike to school accompanied by adults Attend school board meetings or better yet, Join the school board. Your kids will get better grades if you are involved at school! A 2008 study from the University of New Hampshire indicates that students perform much better academically if their parents are involved in the school. However, that news can create more stress for already busy parents. Older elementary and middle-school-aged kids can take the lead on volunteer projects that require planning and commitment.

With a little help from mom and dad, a sitter, a. Host a block meeting at your home with other parents to discuss/share school issues and info. Offer to drive other students/families to school-related events they wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend.

Invite other parents to join you when you volunteer at school. Invite Parents Into the Classroom Ask parents to be guests in your preschool classroom to encourage involvement. Invite them to share information about their career, and bring items. Allow your child to have some input and discuss menu selections, all while explaining the reasons you’re making the effort for people you don’t know.

Then, when you drop off the goods, ask an employee to briefly describe how families in need. As a precaution, many school districts require volunteers, including parents, to complete a background check form. The information supplied is used only for the safety check and kept.

Why I Don’t Want to Volunteer at My Kid’s School. One of my dear friends has a big-time job, and she works a lot of hours, certainly well over 40 a week and probably more like 50 or 60. One of the most important things a parent can do for her child is to volunteer at school. Giving your time makes a positive impact on the learning environment, and when you make time to. child care facilities.

C. Teen volunteers may not be left alone with children; and they may not be utilized to satisfy staff/child ratios in Child Care Centers, LOCs or Large Family Child Care Homes. D. Teen volunteers under the age of 18 may not work with children under two years of age in family child care.

List of related literature:

Teachers can not only provide parents with opportunities to volunteer at school events and activities but also volunteer in the child’s home and at community events.

“High Leverage Practices for Inclusive Classrooms” by James McLeskey, Larry Maheady, Bonnie Billingsley, Mary Brownell, Tim Lewis
from High Leverage Practices for Inclusive Classrooms
by James McLeskey, Larry Maheady, et. al.
Taylor & Francis, 2018

Many schools have at least a few volunteers—often the same group of active parents.

“School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Preparing Educators and Improving Schools” by Joyce L Epstein
from School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Preparing Educators and Improving Schools
by Joyce L Epstein
Taylor & Francis, 2018

For parents with school-age children, volunteering can serve two purposes: (1) fostering an ethic of service in their children, and (2) giving them more time to be with their children in a meaningful activity.

“The Volunteer Management Handbook: Leadership Strategies for Success” by Tracy D. Connors
from The Volunteer Management Handbook: Leadership Strategies for Success
by Tracy D. Connors
Wiley, 2011

Some preschools and child-care centers actively recruit parent volunteers to work with the children and participate in administrative decisions and program planning.

“Occupational Outlook Handbook” by United States. Bureau of Labor Statistics
from Occupational Outlook Handbook
by United States. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2000

Volunteers act as tutors, supervise lunchrooms, and keep walking routes safe for school children.

“Sociology of Education: An A-to-Z Guide” by James Ainsworth
from Sociology of Education: An A-to-Z Guide
by James Ainsworth
SAGE Publications, 2013

To enhance family-school partnerships, a wide range of activities are encouraged in the program, including parent room activities (e.g., arts 8 crafts projects), classroom volunteering, participation in school activities, class field trips, helping to prepare meals, and engaging in education and training activities.

“School-family Partnerships for Children's Success” by Evanthia N. Patrikakou, Amy R. Anderson
from School-family Partnerships for Children’s Success
by Evanthia N. Patrikakou, Amy R. Anderson
Teachers College Press, 2005

In 1992, 41 percent of children aged three and four attended free kindergartens, and over 4000 women were involved in voluntary work on kindergarten committees.

“Women Together: A History of Women's Organisations in New Zealand: Ngā Rōpū Wāhine O Te Motu” by Anne Else, New Zealand. Department of Internal Affairs. Historical Branch
from Women Together: A History of Women’s Organisations in New Zealand: Ngā Rōpū Wāhine O Te Motu
by Anne Else, New Zealand. Department of Internal Affairs. Historical Branch
Historical Branch, Department of Internal Affairs, 1993

To fully understand how work hours moderate the influence of children on parental volunteering it is necessary to create categories of work and parental status and estimate their influence on volunteering.

“Volunteers: A Social Profile” by Marc A. Musick, John Wilson
from Volunteers: A Social Profile
by Marc A. Musick, John Wilson
Indiana University Press, 2007

These programs can often provide opportunities beyond those the parents can offer, at the same time giving parents a welcome breather from their child’s intensity.

“Grandparents' Guide to Gifted Children” by James T. Webb, Janet L. Gore, A. Stephen McDaniel, Frances A. Karnes
from Grandparents’ Guide to Gifted Children
by James T. Webb, Janet L. Gore, et. al.
Great Potential Press, 2004

For example, if a volunteer is helping a group of children at a learning center, make sure that the volunteer has all needed materials and is comfortable with the activities and noise level of the children.

“Home, School, and Community Collaboration: Culturally Responsive Family Involvement” by Kathy B. Grant, Julie A. Ray
from Home, School, and Community Collaboration: Culturally Responsive Family Involvement
by Kathy B. Grant, Julie A. Ray
SAGE Publications, 2010

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  • Honestly considering how bad the education system really is. Can’t see there’s many issues with children not being at school, maybe they’ll have a chance to actually learn skills rather than just learn to parrot facts.

  • One of the issues with sending children back to school is that schools are in most cases not following best practice on distancing (keeping 2 metres apart) and masks. These are required in shops and places of worship for example, because the DfE do not require them to do so. This particularly effects the children of high risk parents. I have looked into this and the DFE advice to schools does not seems to require schools to provide special safe education for these students, leaving the parents in a no win situation of risking their health/ life or their children’s education. This particularly effects high school children who are generaly in much larger groups of 200 in my children’s school and are more aware of the issues about there parent’s health, leading to stress and mental health issues. If schools are not careful then we may have an undesired incrase in children with only one live parent.
    If you are in this position write to your school and fight for very COVID safe education for your children and encorage others to do the same Only by making our voices heard will there be changes.

  • Here in the US they are reopening schools and tens of thousands of kids are getting sick. The average age of death has also dropped precipitously in recent months. If I had kids, I would be keeping them home right now.

  • well safe or not (due to his incapable rule it is rather not), Johnson has to get the country running…and getting kids back to school is how you do it (there is where you hold the parents by the balls)

  • The TLDR approach is good. Present the data simply and let the viewer decide. Joe Bloggs reply to much on political messages rather than the ability to search, review and critique data.

  • So I’m not in the UK, and I’m a university student. My university has decided to go 95% online this year. Even though they said that every student will have at least one educational activity on campus, this hasn’t been true for me. Self-study on campus is restricted to those who can prove that their home situation isn’t suitable for self-study. I can’t, so I have to do everything from home by myself, and it’s been a huge blow to my productivity, my motivation and my mental health. My productivity has more than halved when compared to the same period last year, and not being able to see my friends does not help.

    I can imagine that for school children, especially those in primary schools, it is absolutely vital to be in a stimulating environment, and to have quality time with friends. As such if the reopening of schools can be done in such a way that it limits the spread of the virus, then we must do everything we can to make that happen.

  • I think uni should go back as the students are self contained and do not go home every day usually. However college and lower should not as they put their family and wider circles at risk due to proper social distancing being almost impossible in the buildings

  • TL;DR News: “We need more data to really know whether or not it is safe to send children to schools.”

    United States: “Got you fam.” (sends everyone to school)

  • Hey English people. America here, don’t….do….it. Just do it from home. Educate them at home. It’s gonna be tough but it’s going to save peoples lives. Don’t do what we’ve done

  • This is a hard time for all of us. This is a time to take calculated risks, so it is important that informative sources like TLDR News to give us the data as it is.

  • I have just gone back to school and let me say my mental health spiralled so fast and hard I got wip lash it’s not been helpful for meny

  • only 30 outbreaks of COVID 19 in educational settings in June? Why is that in the document?
    Considering most educational settings were closed at that time, that’s an achievement

  • The example given of children’s anxiety and mental health worsening during the pandemic indicates that this is caused by not being at school. Whilst for some children this may could be a cause, however children are also likely to have increased levels of anxiety purely due to the pandemic and worry about the health of relatives and friends. Additionally, concerns about economic effects and future prospects will be an impact on older students mental health and anxiety levels. To link students increased anxiety to absence from school alone fails to take account of other things that are important. A point that is not being openly talked about is that by returning to school it is likely that the R will increase resulting in more illness and possible death among students families. Additionally, school life is not going to be the same due to restrictions required, for some students this will increase anxiety levels. Therefore, returning to school also creates situations in which students mental health is negatively affected. As TDLR indicate no one really knows what the real impact will be. But consideration of the possible negative impacts of children returning to school never seems to be discussed by politicians or in the media.

  • It’s not safe but I’m willing to risk my physical health to go to school because my mental health and stress of staying at home drives me insane

  • The problem with this logic is that even if children do not transmit COVID between each other that much they are a perfect vector for long-distance transmission.
    Adults most often have a very small and localized social circle where they operate schools, on the other hand, contain thousands of people who move around and shuffle a lot.
    so even if the transmission is unlikely it is still enough to transfer the virus into another social circle.

    There is no big issue with elementary schools where a single teacher is taking care of the entire class and they are all confined into one classroom but in the high school, it will be problematic because pupils move a lot.

  • I enjoy being presented with studies and evidence so I can go and investigate more. There is a lot of resources online which give access to these research journals. Presenting in such a neutral way goes some way to avoid confirmation bias. I appreciate and enjoy this content, keep it up!

  • A comment from another teacher….LOVE volunteers who come to HELP in the classroom.They are a godsend for both the teacher AND the students. But moms who come to the classroom and disrupt the work that is being done or cause a distraction are not helpful.  Please remember why you are there.  Thanks.

  • Check out what happened in the usa when kids went back to schools….learn from that people, schools are safe only when we have the vacinne.

  • I see two “problems” with this video.

    First for every reputable test showing data supporting a return to school, there is some other reputable test signaling a warning.

    Second the safety of returning kids to school is going to be heavily dependent on how significant the outbreak is in the local area.

  • School just caters for the slowest kids, it really isn’t that important for a kid to miss a year of school provided the parents have a curriciulum to follow. Sister had to ask repeatedly for the curriculum her son was meant to be following before being given it and he has breezed through the tasks. My nephew is in a position where my parents are able to look after him while my sister is at work and do keep him on a regular schedule of learning. By my nephew going to school he does not get any benefit, he actually does worse at school because he is slightly ADHD and having the 1:1 attention has helped him and he is able to stay on task alone, but increases the risk of spreading covid home and to my family and my grandma was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer with a few months to live and there’s simply too much risk and no benefit to letting my nephew return to school and so at least until my grandma dies he isn’t going to school and is going to continue being taught more competently and in the end be a much better student.
    UK gov’t has had months to push to create resources for homeschooling but are now forcing teachers to come into contact with all of these kids and some will die. School isn’t as important as they think it is, you can tell that the gov’t is filled with people from private education the only kids who should be at school are those who’s parents are essential workers, and teachers I know also don’t think it is necessary for kids as long as they learn at home. Teachers and students in secondary schools will die and are they only going to die because parents are unable to home school?
    Kids are just walking coughing disease machines, kids are always touching each other hands covered in snot with no sense of boundries and it’s going to be no different, in primary schools too.

  • The small % of the timetable, a minority of students within secondary schools spent in school in June/July this year bares little comparison to what is planned imminently. The school I work in never had more than 60 students and 10 staff in the building at any one time this summer, and the students were kept at least 2m apart most of the time. Now the school is soon going to have nearly 1000 people on campus full-time, with only limited distancing possible. That said, I strongly see the value of opening schools for students now and think it outweighs the risk.

  • We don’t need proof that re-opening schools is safe to re-open schools. We need proof that re-opening schools is not safe to justify keeping schools closed. The damage of keeping schools closed is very real and not in question. It is unfair to hurt children just because it might keep adults a little bit safer.

  • Managing uncertainty is an important capability of leadership. Given the uncertainty related to the issue, it would be wise to develop and publicise indicators that highlight if any of the potential risk are becoming reality, and also publicise actions to be taken given predictable outcomes. If a family becomes infected, I understand the child will be removed from school and tested and quaranteen until proven to OK. Track and trace will be completed to some degree but other class mates will continue as normal even if the source of the original infection is unclear. At a minimum this appears to be an un managed risk. If children don’t return to school, should there be enhanced monitoring set up to watch out for the other potential risks? A lot of great work is being done to mitigate the risk of spreading the virus, maybe more could be done to track the risks of the decision.

  • Awesome video, Jessica! Parent volunteers are amazing and you make excellent points. We have had some amazing cultural experiences in Spanish class via volunteers. Over the years we have had guests in from all over the world (so many connections just from our school even!) and the kids are so engaged when that happens. Every parent has something to offer, and us “fine arts” teachers love when those skills are shared… I think lots of parents get intimidated by us since they don’t feel they know the content. Don’t be!! Get involved and there is always something for you. You are a rock star volunteer!!! Glad to see this video.

  • I just can’t believe that because no symptoms are presented that the transmission between children, is not going to affect others. If children also pass on other illnesses why not this one? They get involved with each other and have contact and also with touch (before they touch each other they have picked noses, put fingers in mouth etc and not sanitized). So later they will come into contact with grandma or parents. It will be interesting to see what happens and if this virus will truly always be with us forcing us to live healthy lifestyles and punishing unhealthy / aging populations as China wanted…..

  • UK Tories: “Keeping kids at home is a bad idea because so many of them are in poverty and can’t get adequate warmth, food and care from their parents”

    Also UK Tories: “The country’s economy is solid, jobs are up, so we can cut benefits, social services, and flip the EU off when it offers us funding”

    Which one is it??

  • Why not invest in a simplified quasi home school system? All it would cost would be the price of a tablet with internet for each student (for a small deposit) provided they don’t already have a device with internet capabilities(smart phone, pc, laptop, tablet, etc.). Everything could be done by email or video chat. Then schedule and set up a video chat class group for tests and an email group headed by the teachers for homework exercises. Teachers could even utiliize the online nature of classes to show lectures from YouTube and post links to other sources more recent than would be found in any school textbook.

  • I remember hearing that Eton had announced they intended to stay closed in the near future, and that everyone would be tested before being allowed to attend.

    So my question would begin “If it’s so safe…”

  • This is a really interesting overview, thank you for taking the time to cover the topic and make a summary. Throughout the lockdown period since March, there has been a lot of mixed messages, from teachers to blame for spreading Covid to news reports saying teachers are safe from Covid as children don’t spread it. I am starting my teaching career on Friday, teaching all 600 pupils in this school (so bubbles don’t work for me). I hope not only that I can keep safe, but that I can keep working and making YouTube videos because I want to keep helping teachers and also teaching my pupils. I hope we won’t get a second outbreak and that we can reduce the gap in education that has recently emerged x

  • Love your channel.Im new in this country,and new in the school system,myvson is 5 year old boy,and I want to know more about relationship with the teacher,how is appropiate ask about general personal information,if is ok,too.When is appropiate give them a present?,love your videos.I feel lost and distance with the school. Thank you.please.

  • 8:10 Being impartial is not simply presenting both sides of an argument, but presenting the evidence fairly. Giving both sides equal weight is how you end up with interviews on climate change where a scientist with data and evidence repressing the overwhelming majority of professional opinion is given equal billing with some dude that runs a coal mine.

  • Belgian teacher here, we’re starting again on September 1st. I’m a big proponent this situation is hard enough to deal with as an adult, I can’t imagine how hard this is for youngsters on a mental level…

  • Hey TLDR can you do a vid on why people are protesting the lock down restrictions in the UK and EU? Are these people all just conspiracy folks Or are there actual or factual reasons these people are either calling the pandemic a hoax or are people just protesting that they now have restrictions on there freedom of movement and life and getting frustrated with the fact we have to limit our freedoms to benefit the control of this pandemic?
    I can understand the people are frustrated, but cant understand why now they have to protest and create potential spikes in outbreaks and risk not only themselves but the people who where just getting used to the way things were beginning to work and slowly bring some sort of life back to us all, while still controlling the rate of spread.

    Keep the facts coming TLDR.

  • Children are the Least likely to be seriously affected by covid. Why are we shielding the people who need it the least? Why should a majority of the children suffer because of peoples fear and lack of perspective. With regards to people who may catch it from children where is the personal responsibility? If you are at risk you should distance yourself. After 6 months we now need to do what’s best for the majority and stop harming our economy and children futures for people who can self isolate if they are at risk.

  • Thanks for your very scientific approach highlighting the uncertainty in such problems and decisions, rather than jumping to quick conclusions and ‘offering an easy solution’. Great work at TLDR!

  • After nine months of the pandemic 0.3% of the World’s population has at some stage been reported as infected with covid-19. Assuming a recovery period of 14-days, on average at any given time over the last nine months 0.016% of the World’s population would have been actively infected. As a comparison this is a direct quote from the NIH “Estimates of the international prevalence of schizophrenia among non-institutionalized persons is 0.33% to 0.75%”. Schizophrenia alone is up to 46 times more prevalent than covid-19. The virus has been linked to 0.01036% of the population dying worldwide over this period, approximately 3000 people per day. This represents about 2% of the global daily death rate from all causes of death. As time goes on this percentage will diminish as the number of people dying each day from covid-19 will diminish but the global daily death rate will remain approximately the same.

  • I am from Germany with my heart always being in the UK..I do not watch BBC, I listen to UK Column and TLDR and feel alround informed

  • Yeah it’s been said already but this is an absolutely essential channel to challenge and hopefully change the news game altogether. Just pure undisputed facts, no particular narrative, no emotionally charged presentation.

    It really doesn’t matter about interviewing the people who make important decisions, or pressing them with difficult questions, when you look at the actions they take, it tells it’s own story.

  • Tbh if I saw three grown men at my school with makeup even if they’re good looking I would kind of think they were some weirdo creeps who are wrong in the head (because no sane man would wear makeup around where I’m from)

  • I think it’s probably okay to open schools in most places since the case rate is relatively low, but I do wish the government took more precautions to prevent transmission (like encouraging mask wearing in more situations by more people) and allowing parents to keep kids home if their area is under local lockdown. The idea of sending kids to school when their parents aren’t allowed to go to work seems irresponsible.

  • Last school year my year group (lower 6th form) spent more time in lockdown than class. This year we are starting with end of year exams meant to happen last year and then mocks and then real A-Level exams in just a few months. We haven’t even started half the content and people want to stay off longer lmao…

  • Go ahead and reopen your schools. They will close again momentarily when you realize they are super-spreader events 5 days a week… or not. Johnson seems very adept at the ostrich maneuver.

  • Firstly there is very little risk to the children themselves, The vast number of people who have died have been old and have had co morbidities.
    The latest statistics indicate a total case fatality of 0.3 to 0.5 % much lower than first thought and again those that die are generally very old and have co morbidities.
    Children themselfs are in far more danger of getting hurt on the journey to school than they are from covid 19. Now will schools going back increases transmition, of course it will, but in my humble opinion, these kids who are our future deserve their education. Keir Starmers words were ” No if’s no but’s “

  • I’m going into year 10 and tbh it’s a win-win scenario. We go back to school: back to normal, seeing friends and preparing for GCSE’s. We don’t go: virtual school and I carry on getting to be lazy whilst spending more time with family cause I kinda just isolated myself in my room. Wasted quarantine rips.

  • I’m a teenager and imo we desperately need to go back to school for mental health and education. I didn’t learn anything online, and not seeing anyone but my immediate family for months has made me suicidal. I already had mental health issues before lockdown, but I was getting better lockdown completely destroyed my mental health. This is true for all of my friends too. I can’t keep doing this. All of us are excited to go back.

  • As a 18 year old student I really believe that living in school under SAFE covid rules such as wearing masks and making sure you social distance is the best idea. As I was isolated I felt lonely as stated in the video even though I was playing games and speaking to them. I think face to face communication is very important. And I felt alot sadder. I think opening schools would be a very good idea

  • Political decision to re-start economy, they don’t care. The US decision is backfiring already. Should invest in virtual teaching, including physical and pastoral care.

  • I think that it is too early for all students to return because there’s simply no chance of social distancing whatsoever. Recently, as a schoolchild myself, I was informed that I and the rest of my year would have an area called ‘The Quad’ in which to reside during breaks, but it is absolutely tiny. There are almost 300 of us and we will be crammed into like sardines. Although it might not seem like much, it actually would make the world of difference either to do it on a rota or to make it optional for those who’ve been doing the online work. That way, kids who haven’t been working and those who desire to go into school due to unfortunate home circumstances may do so. On a personal level, I all really looking forward to seeing all of my friends again, but nevertheless, it remains a terrible idea.

  • Severe measures, like keeping kids home from school for extended periods of time, lock downs and etc., are for the wealthy. It’s all very well to have one or two kids and two parents who have financial resources for someone to be at home with the kids, in a 4 bedroom house where everyone has their own laptop / tablet / phone, and a yard or garden as well to home school / remote learn. That is not the reality for most people. Covid is here for way too long into the future for school closures, business closures or any forms of lock downs to be viable. People have to make money, kids have to learn (not only academics but social interaction skills) and life has to go on. Sometimes life is risky and scary and this is one of those times, and yes, it sucks, but the economic damage already done will be around far longer than the virus itself as it is, and psychologists are going to be making a mint for decades off the mental health and social problems created by lock downs, particularly in children who don’t have the cognitive ability, experience or resilience yet to reason through things, and who very impressionable and easily deeply scared because of that.

  • we will only know this in the years to come back in the 80’s my son was one of the best programmers in his school and made up games for his friends at school these day every thing is done for you

  • What I don’t get is beyond the mention of “Taking this with a pinch of salt” No one has acknowledged that these tiny studies are statistically irrelevant?

  • When I was back in school my home life wasn’t that great, pretty boring. I never really liked weekends. As much as we all complained about school it was the only opportunity to socialise otherwise you’d be stuck at home, at least until I was around 16 when I first started making plans with mates. It seems there is less of a culture of making plans with friends to meet up and socialise outside school times here than other places. Not saying it doesn’t happen but I think it happens more in other countries like Spain. Of course you got the weather to blame, and the paranoid parenting nowadays. Having better public spaces like football pitches and good public transport would also be nice. Anyway, I can understand how the lockdown would have affected mental health.

  • Hi, TLDR. Could you make a video about how the education was managed around the world during the lockdowns and how the states are pleparing for reopening the schools?

  • We, The Great British Public, will NOT, I repeat NOT be sending out God given children to your state imposed slaughter houses. Ban all state schools now.

  • Honestly it’s probably pretty safe for children, their parents, grandparents, and other vulnerable people it would be less. The survival rate for children without pre existing issues is 99.99999%

  • so its settled then. Men in hazmat gear let the children in the school and lock the door behind them. Let them facilitate their own schedule and testing. Then open the door at 3pm.

  • ummmm no,It still to much at risk really,I dont see why School kids,Just have there School work to do at home,At least they be getting on with there Education and be more safe,With less chance of any more further spread of Cronavirus

  • VERY INFORMATIVE! MY LITTLE ONE WILL BE OFF TO KINDERGARTEN NEXT YEAR AND I CANT WAIT TO BE APART OF HIS LEARNING ENVIRONMENT. THIS HELPED A LOT BECAUSE BEING INTERACTIVE AT YOUR KIDS SCHOOL, ESPECIALLY IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST TIME, CAN BE A BIT INTIMIDATING. THANKS FOR THE VIDEO:)

  • I think people really do forget about the teachers when it comes to this argument. They are also at risk to getting COVID-19, spreading COVID-19 or dying to COVID-19. we shouldn’t be so obsessed with the safety of the pupils while it is important, the safety of teachers is just as important.

  • I agree that if the necessary measures are put in place, we should reopen schools. HOWEVER, the reality is that most public schools don’t have the resources to put decent measures into place. My school, for example, is very near the center of London, in a crowded, underprivileged area. We are underfunded and do not have the money, staff or space to facilitate small ‘learning bubbles’. The government needs to give more funding to schools if they want the schools to be able to keep up with proper sanitation and hire enough staff to facilitate smaller classes.

    I think we should also get rid of uniforms so that students can wash their clothes everyday and maintain hygiene, which is not possible with the bad-quality polyester blazers we have to wear. Masks should also be compulsory in hotspots like London, and not just in coridoors but in classrooms too.

    Lastly, I think that the pressure of lockdown will soon be replaced with the pressure of GCSEs and a-levels. Most students have massive 5-month gaps in their learning due to the lockdown and are going to feel incredibly stressed and anxious. This is why I think that changes should be made to the 2021 GCSEs and a-levels to reduce the amount of content needed to be learnt, or push back the date of the exams even further. I know that some of these changes have been put in place but it is nowhere near enough.

  • I think there should be a change in the system. Capitalism can’t cope with Covid. If there were a universal income worldwide, assuring no one will have to worry until the solution is found, there would much less anxiety and new solutions could be found

  • The argument that students SHOULD go back is strong. But the argument that it may not be safe for them to go back is also significant. Before seeing this video I was unaware children were less likely to pass it on, if anything the high transmission in Spain among families of adolescents and university age students implied the opposite. Personally if the transmission among teachers and staff means the R figure will go up, then reopening schools is just as risky as any other place of work, and the same considerations and precautions need to be in place. Should they go back?, yes. Are we ready for them to go back? I’m not convinced we are. The government has skirted the topic in interviews so many times I’m convinced they have no plan to ensure returning to school is safe for students, their families and their teachers.

    A great video. And I totally understand the purpose of an impartial video is to set out what the arguments are, not lead us to a biased conclusion. If a question can’t be answered yet, it isn’t impartial to draw a premature conclusion. A lot of tabloids present data as definitive because that sells more papers, but if it isn’t true, that’s not the responsible way to present news. So kudos on sticking to your core beliefs.

  • I am going to my second year of college, and I feel awfully mixed. I really want everything to be normal, but I also believe it’s not safe.

  • I absolutely love this video and your channel. I definitely look to you (I also like southernridgestyle 😉 for teacher perspectives. Teachers are definitely my heroes and have the most important job ever! I LOVED volunteering in the classroom when my daughter was young. It definitely gave me insight into what she was being taught and how I could help. Unfortunately, after 2nd grade it felt like there was no more help needed. They were big kids at that point and my help was no longer needed.:( there is basically one room mom who gets to handle everything. It makes me so sad and I feel like I have little input on her education now. Sorry for the ramble! I truly appreciate your info for us parents.:)

  • I work in a Primary school and I think this is an opportunity to change the way we deliver the curriculum; More lessons outside, More distant learning, more and different ways to teach children not the one size fits all approach. Some pupils may learn better at home, some maybe in smaller groups (bubbles) and some thrive in a classroom setting. Trusting the teachers more about how to get results. These results should not just be to boost their levels to show progress on a spreadsheet but that a pupil is more able to learn for themselves and to love learning for their whole life not just something you do in a classroom, in front of a teacher in order to achieve good grades.

    Looking ahead, even after covid19 has been contained sufficiently, there will be other challenges that we need to overcome and we need flexible open-minded practices and people that will allow us to deal with them without another jarring change of direction. My fear is that a government may not want a population that is able to think for itself beyond reading the headlines in the papers( especially the current one it seems).

  • The argument about kids becoming a lost generation is due to one and only one reason. The unwillingness of the government to support people and create new safe ways for kids to evolve their social skills. All because they follow the orders of the few rich, bankers and investor vultures.

  • Great video! Loved hearing both perspectives. At my son’s school each family has to volunteer for at least 75 hours a year, and so I’ve started helping out in his class once a week. I’m taking the kids one by one into the hallway to work on reading and it has been really eye opening and a bit heartbreaking, actually. There is such a huge discrepancy between the children, and although I feel really proud of how well my son is doing in comparison (which is probably a bit shallow) I just feel so, so terrible for the kids who are very clearly struggling and not getting the extra help at home. x

  • This is such a great video, Jessica! I’m looking forward to volunteering at my sons’ preschool. Thanks for the encouragement and practical advice.:)

  • The difference in sheer magnitude of what y’all are dealing with versus what’s happening in America is mind-blowing. Hopefully y’all keep doing the right thing.

  • Back when the Pandemic started here in Spain, we were told to not come and instead we had class digitally through Skype calls and homework sheets. Now, in 10 days, when school starts for me it will be semi-presential, meaning that only a certain amount of people will come [we will probably have a list of who comes that day or not (at least I hope)] and we will only be at high school for about 1/31/2 of the usual time we spend there, the rest being replaced with digital classes and assignments.

    Now I’m not saying it’s totally bad, but considering that current infection numbers in Spain are almost as high as they were back in March and that for someone who has to travel by PUBLIC bus to get to high school It’s still not great, and I don’t know why we don’t have online classes as we had when the outbreak happened.

    And the fact that they announced this just 3 days ago doesn’t help the fact that schools are under-prepared for the measures that were given. Also semi-presential schooling only happens for students Sophomore or higher meaning that anyone younger has to be inside the school for all 6 hours (because parents can’t trust their younger kids to remain at home, which is fair but also, can’t you trust a Freshman to remain at home?)

    TL;DR: It’s better than nothing I guess, but still kinda shitty considering infection rates are still high and we had a better system back in March (but maybe that’s imo)

    * ALSO EDIT: THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT AND I FORGOT TO MENTION THIS BUT HOME-SCHOOLING IN SPAIN IS ILLEGAL!!! *

  • If a YouTuber can do so much research to make a video, I don’t understand why governments with all their available resources make crazy assumptions.

  • Kids, your teachers are hot.

    Edit: it’s nice to see them with kids �� it reminds me of the korean exchange students who i used to teach english ��

  • I also want to decorate cakes at school��! Especially if it is with NCT haha but guess that’s not going to happen since I don’t like in Korea

  • Jaehyun’s father instincts were kicking into overdrive and I am not complaining at all. He is so naturally endearing and sweet to the kids, my heart can only take so much!

  • This whole video was adorable but I have to say 11:07 is my favorite part�� I do hope they get to visit this school again, their connection with the kids was genuine and so cute <3

  • That little boy who called jaehyun at 9:11 for help although he’s actually doing great just to get his attention is just a M O O D