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The silver lining

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I have consistently maintained that the dark coronavirus cloud has also got many silver linings. One of these silver linings is closely connected with education. Schools and colleges can play very interesting, enriching and constructive roles through educational activities. It shall not be out of place to highlight some of them through this column.

Net benefits

Of course one of the big positives that has come about is that teachers and students in so many schools and colleges have taken to online and technology-based learning. I've been advocating the use of this for many years. I am aware that many sceptics shall not hesitate to come forth with the usual quip that such online learning can never replace a good teacher in the standard model of 'in person' or 'face-to-face' teaching. I've always wondered if such critics have ever bothered to ask themselves as to how many gifted and exciting teachers have they really encountered in their student days. And therefore my response has always been to the effect that you can never really replace a good teacher but what about the not-so-good ones? And the idea is not to replace any teacher.

The students are allowed to explore all kinds of topics and themes from the internet and the teacher is just a fellow traveller with the students. (Photo: Reuters)

Judicious use of technology........

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