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Parents are outraged by plans to extend antiquarian measures in schools for a year

Rospotrebnadzor plans to extend measures to prevent covid in schools and childcare facilities for another year. And if few people object to thermometry, sanitizers and air disinfectants, since they are also effective for the prevention of influenza and SARS, many participants in the educational process rebelled against the prohibition of mass events in schools, assigning an office to each class, etc.

MK has listened to the opinions of experts on this matter.

So far, the established rules are valid until January 1, 2021, but it is planned to change the date to “January 1, 2022”. Chairman of the St. Petersburg City Parents’ Committee Mikhail Bogdanov perplexed:

– Where can we extend the grounds for a year? We already have vaccination will soon be widely used! And when children don’t communicate, they get stressed …

– The prolongation of which measures cause the biggest indignation among parents?

– Firstly, linking children to one classroom seriously affects the quality of the educational process. If children are sitting in their class, and they need to go to the chemistry classroom for experiments, it may be busy – there are not enough classrooms in schools because of these rules. But the biggest problem is the prohibition of mass events in which different classes can participate. Children still meet at breaks, outside of school they instantly mix up, go to shopping malls together, walk in yards, etc. Cancellation of school-wide events is very harmful – no concerts, no Teacher’s Day or Mother’s Day, no New Year …

Viktor Panin, Chairman of the All-Russian Society for the Protection of Citizens’ Rights in Education, member of the Expert Council under the Government of the Russian Federation I am convinced that “the authorities must act flexibly in a situation of uncontested pandemic reality and make decisions taking into account changing circumstances”:

– I would consider such statements of officials as a provocation. Moreover, the official structures assure us that mass vaccination is not far off. I think that the opinion of the population is being probed, is it ready to continue all these measures in a tough format, is it ready to endure? We need to look at the situation as soberly as possible. At the moment, at the peak of morbidity, these measures are justified, but it is impossible to predict what the situation will be in a month, in six months, and even more so at the end of the year. We don’t hear such statements from top-level officials, but lower-ranking officials, the same Rospotrebnadzor, are trying to play it safe and impose their own vision of the situation. This is unjustified today.

We also asked the opinion of co-chairman of the trade union “Teacher” Vsevolod Lukhovitsky:

– The authorities have shifted the execution of the requirements of Rospotrebnadzor to the schools themselves. And then everything depends on educational institutions: in those schools where active parents and sensible teachers, everything is organized more or less normally. In those cases where no one asked neither teachers nor parents when building the timetable, and there are most of them, it became much more difficult for children and teachers to learn. The main thing is not to try one and all to fulfill the recommendations of Rospotrebnadzor, because it is technically impossible. Gradually, schools could somehow adapt to this situation, but a few things get in the way. The need to prepare children for exams after grades 9 and 11 keeps teachers under tremendous stress. If the ministry had already announced that in connection with this situation (like this summer) we are canceling the OGE after the 9th grade, we still give the opportunity to take the exam only to those who enter universities, then the school and parents would feel much freer. And it would also be good if the ministry again said that we will not carry out the CDP. And, of course, the school in the current conditions, when there is a likelihood of some regions reaching the distance, requires additional funding. Give not only 5 thousand for the classroom leadership, as was given in September from federal funds, but also give additional money to teachers for the purchase of the Internet, technical means of communication, etc.

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Removed from the law: parents fear online will destroy traditional schools

The number of parents opposing online education is growing rapidly in the country. Adults are afraid that the distance in schools can be introduced on an ongoing basis, and the coronavirus pandemic only accelerates the digitalization of education previously planned by the authorities.

These fears are not unfounded. On November 18, the State Duma will consider a bill on distance education in Russia. The State Duma Committee on Education and Science recommended the document for adoption in the first reading. The new law will define the powers of the Ministry of Education and Science and the Ministry of Education in terms of regulating the procedure for using e-learning and distance technologies in educational institutions.

The State Duma was recommended to approve the bill on distance education

In recent weeks, protests against remote control have been taking place in different regions of Russia. Parents are organizing large-scale flash mobs against remote removal on social networks, boycotting online classes for whole classes and collecting signatures under appeals to the authorities. Despite accusations of COVID dissidence, the movement is gathering more and more supporters. We found out what really drives adults to demand to return their children to school, despite the threat of coronavirus infection.

“The fight against remoteness is not a story at all about COVID, but about the large-scale destruction of Russian education that has been happening in the last 15-20 years,” says Ekaterina, an opponent of remote control from Yekaterinburg. – Plans for large-scale digitalization of schools appeared among officials 10 years ago, the pandemic only accelerated these processes. The experiment on the implementation of the Digital educational environment, which started in the fall in 15 regions of the country without parental consent, was approved by the former Minister of Education Olga Vasilyeva at the end of 2019. In federal projects for the development of education for the coming years, it is stated in plain text that by 2024 at least 70% of schools must implement education in electronic form. All of these goals were set long before the pandemic. We do not deny that distance can be used as a temporary measure in emergency situations, as well as on an ongoing basis with parental consent. Of course, electronic technology is essential for learning, for example, for children with disabilities who are unable to attend school. However, we do not want an equal sign between the distance and the point.

Parents are outraged and surprised that while the doors of public schools, circles and sections have closed for children, private educational organizations continue to work safely. It comes to the ridiculous, in the same sports center, children cannot be engaged in budgetary sections, but they can do it in paid ones. It turns out that full-time education is now available only to those who can pay?

“In recent years, parents and teachers have already lost in the struggle for education in all positions,” says Alena, mother of a 7th grade student from St. Petersburg. – We could not fight off, including from the Unified State Exam, from the introduction of low-quality textbooks instead of time-tested manuals, every year the quality of education decreases. If we keep quiet, then just as quietly in a few years we may face the fact that free classes will be held only at a distance, and we will have to pay for full-time classes. The maintenance of educational institutions is very expensive for the state, and the general retirement may well solve this problem. We see this threat as real, in this regard, we demand to legalize distance learning as one of the forms of education that can be used only at the request of parents or in the event of an emergency that applies to all schools, both public and private. Now we are faced with the fact that directors of educational institutions, in response to our complaints, declare that teaching with the use of distance learning technologies is equivalent to full-time. The teacher, on the other hand, conducts classes in real time, which, they say, you still need.

In the meantime, many children have already had health problems in online education. In addition, the distance has hurt the socialization of schoolchildren, and a prolonged lack of normal communication can turn into very long-term consequences for some children.

“Young people today have spent too much time in the virtual world even without remote control,” says another parent, Natalya. – Many teenagers no longer really go for a walk, but communicate with friends only on social networks. And this is a serious social problem that distance learning only exacerbates. My 9th-grader daughter has been studying online for a month now, the circle she went to does not work, as a result, it is no longer possible to drag her out even to the street to walk with the dog. But what can we say, even convincing to wear normal clothes instead of pajamas does not always work. Many children started having health problems in the spring: their eyesight falls, their head and back hurt, their sleep is disturbed, and some children have apathy and depression. So it turns out that the authorities, while fighting one threat, create another one for children, possibly even greater, the consequences of which we, parents, will have to clear up.

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Teachers asked to cancel exams in schools during the pandemic

The first quarter of the school year showed that the educational results of schoolchildren after the spring retirement, to put it mildly, leave much to be desired. Now teachers and experts in the field of education suggest that a decision be made as soon as possible to abolish the OGE and spring CDE, and leave the USE only for those entering universities.

Study in light package

Back in September, it became clear that the spring remoteness hurt education. However, instead of allowing teachers to restore the gaps in students’ knowledge in September, the officials let the VPR (All-Russian Testing Works) on schools, which could not be carried out in the spring.

In addition, since the beginning of the school year, classes have been quarantined one by one, which further worsened the situation. In this regard, the trade union “Teacher” has sent to the Ministry of Education its proposals on urgent measures necessary to bring the education system into a working state. We talked with the co-chairman of the trade union Vsevolod Lukhovitsky about how to preserve full-fledged education for children in the context of a pandemic.

– For the second month, teachers and parents have been living in a situation of extreme tension, while the Ministry of Education and regional ministries pretend that everything is in order, and training during an epidemic is the same as regular training. In the meantime, due to the new increase in the number of cases, a significant part of educational institutions, individual classes and students switched to distance learning. With remote teaching, the load on teachers, schoolchildren and their parents increases significantly. It is clear that we are in an emergency, but we need to sacrifice something in order to get out of it with minimal losses, both in terms of health and the quality of education.

– What measures need to be taken right now?

– First of all, right now it is necessary to announce the abolition of the OGE, VLF and the final essay for the current year, and leave the Unified State Exam only for those entering universities. These decisions need to be made in advance in order to reduce the burden on teachers and schoolchildren during online learning, to enable them to study the current program, and not to train children for exams.

In addition, it is necessary to allow schools to independently change and shorten curricula, this will, if necessary, reduce the number of online lessons and the volume of educational material. The fact is that education in a pandemic will not allow the majority of schoolchildren to master the educational program in the required volume. Even in those regions where distance learning has not been introduced, classes are occasionally quarantined, teachers spend a lot of time on sick leave, and a growing shortage of personnel due to the dismissal of those teachers who are not ready to work in difficult conditions of epidemiological restrictions.

– Will you fail to complete the program in any case?

– It is better to grasp at least part of the material well than to get a spring situation, when many have nothing left in their heads. The problem is also that Russian education is still not ready to move to distance education on a massive scale. The point is the lack of technical means, and the shortage of teaching methods, and the fact that in a situation of severe stress and high morbidity, teachers cannot master these methods in a matter of days.

All this is aggravated by the shortage of teaching staff and the high workload on working teachers. At the same time, it is also necessary to think about the health of students and teachers, the increased workload during online learning turns into various diseases.

– Is it possible to somehow improve the quality of remote training?

– In addition to the ability to change the curriculum, the Ministry of Education should officially allow teachers to independently choose the forms and methods of teaching. They should not be forced to work on a particular electronic platform that they are not used to, or to use the mandatory ezine option.

For the duration of the pandemic, all activities that are not related to the educational process should be abandoned, including taking advanced training courses, participating in competitions, etc. It is necessary to oblige the regional authorities to provide teachers with the necessary technical means and programs, as well as the Internet for distance learning. All these measures will allow teachers to devote the maximum amount of time directly to teaching children, and will make this process better.

– What about the free circles and sections that are now closed?

– In most institutions of additional education, classes are held in small groups of 10-15 people, in music schools most of the lessons are generally individual. The same theaters are allowed to work on the condition of a chess seating; similar measures could be envisaged in the same palaces of creativity, music and art schools. Not all institutions may agree to operate in such an environment, but they should at least be empowered to do so. This will preserve jobs for teachers, and give children back the opportunity to do what they love.

“Fizruk is a good drinking companion”: online reviews of schools scared the public

When choosing a school for a child, inquisitive parents can use not only professional ratings and read reviews not on the official website of the educational institution, but by clicking on it on interactive maps on the Web. But instead of the expected opinions of parents and teachers on click, a genuine anonymous outlet for students was opened. And it splashes out when you click on the icon of almost every school in almost every Russian city.

Tortured students found a vent

Recall that online city maps on the Web allow users to evaluate the work of service enterprises – cafes, beauty salons, fitness clubs, etc. according to a five-star system. The service is conceived to help both the townspeople themselves and tourists looking for places with quality service. Few people with the help of such a map are interested in the quality of the work of secondary schools, meanwhile for students this is the only place where they give marks to the school, and not vice versa. Reviews under the “points” of educational institutions on city maps resemble a book of complaints with elements of black humor, with the help of which schoolchildren substantiate their opinions.

For example, one of the young residents of Orlov puts 1 star out of 5 possible, commenting on it like this: “Half of the doors are missing handles. Once I locked a classmate in the back room, he was found only after 4 months. ” Schools in different Russian cities also receive 1 star each with the following motivations (spelling preserved – Auth.): “The school is bad, the teacher in mathematics calls his students names”, “The physical education teacher is a good drinking companion”, “the sight of the informant shakes hands.” One of the schools that got the “stake” has the shortest, but most expressive response from the student: “Help !!!”

“Fives” from pupils on condition of anonymity are rare for schools, but solid “fours” are all the time: “Good school, only English women are sometimes angry”, “the school is good, but the teachers are mad”, “not bad, but the roof is leaking, hair, sometimes they give just one pancake with fruit. “

Of the rare students who gave their school the highest score, most did it with sarcasm: “I don’t want anyone to visit our den of warlocks.”

Parents in “card” reviews are rare, but aptly: “The school does not stop the sale of nasvay (Asian chewing tobacco – Auth.)! ”,“ Children are nervous, I strongly advise against it! ”,“ Grades are underestimated! ”

Now that gems from the map have leaked on social networks, many boys and girls, as well as their parents, are learning a lot about their schools – and not always with a “plus” sign. Is it worth fighting this? We asked a teacher of one of the schools in New Moscow. Svetlana Aleksandrovna, a language teacher, is both the 6th grade class teacher and the 9th grade student:

– Some parents expressed that it is necessary to raise the issue and write a collective statement to the support service of this service so that negative comments about our school were removed. Someone even suggested that we start calculating those who wrote nasty things anonymously to punish them. But personally I do not support all this.

Alas, the Internet is generally a big garbage dump, and even if suddenly today it is possible to remove some muck from there, tomorrow it will appear again. Therefore, I do not think that it makes sense to fight both separately with negative reviews about schools, and in general with garbage on the Web.

It is much more important to clearly explain to the child that the Internet is not only not the ultimate truth, but a platform for different and often very controversial opinions and information. That everything gleaned from the Web should be filtered. A well-read and successful student will never believe in a ridiculous network story, swearing, debauchery, etc. will never stick to a decent person. That is, it is necessary to study well, among other things, in order to be able to selectively draw from the Internet only what is necessary and important.

Unfortunately, many adults have not developed a correct – applied, not entertaining – attitude to the Web. An intelligent person on the Internet does not “hang up” to kill time, but goes on business. And such a person understands that any institution, even if it is ideal, has good reviews, and there are bad ones – this is how people are arranged, there are no comrades in taste and color. And what can we say about the school, which is anonymously evaluated by its students?