Social and economic changes are inevitable, but 2020 has proved that these transformations are going to occur rapidly and they will affect us in different ways. Many people here in Colombia and around the world have been working and living in the digital world for decades now, preparing themselves for the future, which is here, every day we live in it. Many others though will have a difficult time adapting to new ways of doing things, learning, working, conducting businesses, among countless other things in society that will surely change. Sadly there is another major group of people who may never be able to adapt to the new realities coming our way in terms of paradigm and mindset changes needed to succeed in these odd times.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens, can change the world; indeed, its the only thing that ever has." wrote American cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead. Today this phrase sounds like the type of thing we all need to keep in our minds while trying to make positive changes in our communities, and for that to happen we need to change our own behaviors first.
"We were forced to change things and to do things in a different way, but at our school, we haven´t stopped a day," private school principal Cesar Nuñez told us during our conversation a few weeks ago. Colombian Accents contributor Andres Valencia. joined us for a conversation about the new realities we are all facing after the coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic crisis, how this school community was able to adapt and work with parents and students to make sure that the current academic year could continue and be completed. He mentions some of the eLearning tools they have been working with, the impressive capacity of students to learn online, the differentiated instruction needed to work with preschoolers and their parents, primary, and different age groups in general, the importance and need of teachers despite the dominant role technology and particularly artificial intelligence is starting to have in education, and his advice to educators to tackle the possible problems that they might have facing this worldwide crisis because we are definitely living in the future.