Technology should give access to those who have no chance of a formal education, but it should not be the norm. From the myriad of websites, channels and platforms there is fundamental information to learn and inform yourself and that will be decisive in economic development
By: Maria Claudia Lacouture, Executive Director, AmCham Colombia
October 19, 2020 (AmCham Colombia) – One thing is clear: the virus that put humanity in confinement will remain in the air, such as influenza and other infectious evils. As we know the disease, let us learn to live with it and incorporate into our customs habits of biosecurity and more rigorous self-care we will progressively go towards normality, which is not built by decree, but with our daily behavior and consciousness.
Among the many teachings left by this universal calamity are two who demand our prompt attention and quick and forceful solutions. One, that industrial relations expanded the concepts of home and/or remote work, which makes it imperative that the law defines well the new rules of the game.
The second is that the educational model deserves a revision to fit the new realities. There is a significant tendency to prefer remote work than to return to jobs, especially among those who believe that their work can be carried out remotely with equal efficiency.
It is estimated that 70% of the population lives in urban areas, resulting in increased resistance to return to offices, which goes beyond mere fear of contagion and is related to welfare factors, such as savings in transport and food costs away from home, avoiding lost hours and stress from poor mobility conditions , the freedom to regulate with some independence your workload and at the same time the possibility of building the routine with a more environment to your liking.
This added to the that there are technological tools to meet commitments. But, beware, it is one thing to have options in the mode of work, and that can be examined on a case-by-case basis, and a very different way to change the personal relationship to digital isolation. As in education, labor coexistence is part of personal growth and there will be no technology to support the experience of face-to-face interaction.
And just as the world of work today raises many questions about the new reality and each of us will be attached to it, also in education specialists have raised concerns about what would be the ideal model to apply from now on.
In addition to connectivity limitations for public school students, education is not the same through a computer. Children need a space that allows them to concentrate, stay in touch with their peers, interact and socialize. Society calls for a functional, emotional, creative and critical citizen, endowed with the skills necessary to adapt to the constant change of the world in which he will live, to provide solutions to real problems. This is not achieved behind a screen.
Technology should give access to those who have no chance of a formal education, but it should not be the norm. From the myriad of websites, channels and platforms there is fundamental information to learn and inform the yourself and that will be decisive in economic development, without weakening the structure of the classroom, friends, colleagues, coexistence. That's all part of human development.
Virtuality is an option, an add-on. Achieving balance is the challenge, regaining coexistence, understanding new paradigms and not resigning ourselves to digital isolation.
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