DepEd Balanga City

Face to Face Teaching: Yes or No?

By: Randy P. Calderon, BNHS – SHS T III

While the cases of infection and mortality has somewhat lessened during the past few months that can be attributed to the populace’s increased safety knowledge of safety and hygiene practices, teaching face-to-face is desirable and well-received as an idea that would bring the normalcy almost two years ago.

But there is a caveat for the early decision in bringing the teacher and students back in the classrooms: we are not yet fully out of the danger zones. If statistics tell us of a downward trend now there is no guarantee that the pandemic would abruptly disappear. Unless a thorough census yields accurate results and is confidently accepted, then the world might rest well from this nightmare.

However, the continuous education of people on the epidemic, of the benefit of getting vaccinated and the search for cure and prevention of infection continues its uphill battle with new strains of the mutating virus and its consequences.

Attitude adjustment must be taught at home just as it is now the norm for half of the country’s population of teenage years and those becoming of age, quickly adapting to modern challenges.

With the events of the past twenty months since March 2020 having taught lessons in a rather rude awakening, opinion regarding face-to-face classroom teaching and learning may still be divided for teacher and learners alike.

There is still the scare of new variants of the same disease. Opening of public spaces too soon may accelerate the rate of spreading what is yet to be known.

Certainly our social nature as humans make us want our communities back as they were before the pandemic but it is also in our nature to fight or flee from danger. These times our logic, not emotion, must get the better of us.

Face-to-face classrooms?
Preferably, yes… but not yet.

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