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Corona high school students fear the price they will pay: "It's not too late to save the situation" - Walla! news

2021-07-25T03:38:12.996Z

Difficulties in admission to higher education, low professional achievements and inability to integrate into the labor market. All of these are part of the complex of concerns of the students of the "Corona generation", who believe that due to the failure of the government's policy, they will suffer its consequences in the future. "The State of Israel must learn lessons"



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Corona high school students fear the price they will pay: "It's not too late to save the situation"

Difficulties in admission to higher education, low professional achievements and inability to integrate into the labor market.

All of these are part of the complex of concerns of the students of the "Corona generation", who believe that due to the failure of the government's policy, they will suffer its consequences in the future.

"The State of Israel must learn lessons"

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Sonia Gorodisky

Sunday, July 25, 2021, 6:30 p.m.

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About three months ago, Bank of Israel researchers published a series of insights regarding the effects of the corona year on the Israeli economy.

"The policy of operating the education system in the years 1957 and 1957 may have long-term effects," they wrote.

"They will be reflected in the decline in the income of individuals."

It is likely that high school and middle school students have not reviewed the variety of tables suggested by the researchers, but they will not rule out the conclusions.

After all, they felt it in their flesh.

In conversations with them, the sad conclusion emerges: many of them believe that for government policy in this difficult year - they will pay a heavy price in the future.



Let's start with the dry numbers.

High school students studied in the last school year 67 days in schools.

The situation of middle school students is more disturbing - the number of their frontal learning days amounted to only 56.

The number of matriculations has dropped to only five, and the volume of material has been reduced by up to 30%.



High school students define themselves as the “corona generation,” and they are convinced that it will accompany them throughout their adult lives.

In conversations with them, they believe that the consequences will be seen at various intersections in admission to workplaces and studies in academia.

They will have to redeem the first bill in front of the universities and colleges, after the many discounts they received in the matriculation exams.

Some of them admit, in a very uncharacteristic way of age, that the scores they achieved in the year in which their main work was dealing with the zoom, are too high.

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"May pay a price." Students on their way to middle school (archive) (Photo: Reuven Castro)

"The future of this generation is going to be particularly difficult - as long as they continue to turn a blind eye to the problems of the students and all the more so those who have approached matriculation in the past year," said Lior Bar El, a 12th grader from Rishon Lezion and a representative of the National Student and Youth Council. Such that students are supposed to be on vacation, resting from the unbearably difficult school year. This period many of the Schminists spend with apprehension about their future. "Instead of being preoccupied with 'caring for children', we need to take care of our adult lives in the country from now on.



" . Significant steps must be taken to avoid a large-scale disaster. It is not too late - it is time for them to take responsibility. "

"We need to take care of our adult lives in the country from now on." Bar El (Photo: Official website, courtesy of the photographer)

There is justice in the claims of the Corona generation. Within the framework of administrative freedom, academic institutions determine the conditions of admission in accordance with the demands of the registrants. Despite the agreement between the universities and the Ministry of Education requiring them to treat the matriculation certificate of recent years equally for previous years, it is a matter of demand and supply. If there is a higher demand for admission to the faculties of engineering, the conditions of admission in them will be higher and the real professions will have a greater impact.



Itai Druian, a 10th grader from Ashdod, is worried. "I feel less valued," he admitted. "They will not see all my potential, who will think that if I did not take a test in a particular profession because of the corona discounts we received, it means I do not know how to deal with the material in that profession. But I do, I just did not have a chance to show it. In the short term, but it will hurt us in the long run. "



Druian, as well as many of his age group, experience many difficulties when it comes to learning through zoom, from home.

“I started learning programming last year, but I couldn’t really learn anything,” he explained.

"The teachers were unable to transfer the material remotely, and there were almost no lessons."

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The Bank of Israel's warnings regarding future harm to students upon entering the labor market relate to the previous school year.

But it's not just a year and a half.

The corona will remain relevant for the coming school year as well, and despite the extensive vaccination campaign, the discussions about the capsules have returned to our lives, and for all concerned the meaning is clear: the return of distance learning.

Spaces in schools are still limited and the issue of small manpower still remains.



Against this background, Nati Stern, Urban Director D in Tel Aviv, criticizes and claims that students should not be burdened by the global epidemic.

"I can understand the students' apprehension," he said.

"It has a degree of logic in it, I very much hope it does not materialize. Only in 4-3 years will we begin to understand the consequences. There is no doubt that there should be a very significant action by the state here to prevent this phenomenon."

"I feel less appreciated."

Druian (Photo: Official website, courtesy of the photographer)

"These students are easy to spot, they are graduates of a class or two," Stern continued.

"Currently there is a need for government guidelines to make a decision on the issue - it is impossible to hurt people because of a global event that is not their fault. It is a complex story. I can also understand the concern of universities "The academic goals, that is controversial. There is no one here to blame in this situation, so it is impossible for anyone to be held responsible, certainly not the side that has been harmed anyway - the side of the students."

"Even so, do not remember all the material from adulthood"

During the last school year, in order to adapt the exams to learning during the corona period, the Ministry of Education allowed a kind of relief - passing some of the exams as internal school exams, and not external matriculation exams as was customary in the past. Orit Gur Cohen, co-chair of "Leaders" - the organization of school principals and the director of the Ginsburg Education Campus, does not see this as a relief, but as a requested change. "Internal exams do not mean assumptions. On the contrary, the internal processes in most schools were much more significant and profound, in contrast to the matriculation exams that are based on memorization. The internal matriculation exams allowed for another 21st century learning. Students need additional skills and can not memorize."



"Nor is it necessarily that reducing the material is a critical thing," she said. "Whoever was examined in history and had his material reduced by a third, then he did not study a certain chapter ... After all, one does not remember everything that is examined in adulthood in history."

"Students need additional skills and not memorization abilities."

Gur Cohen (Photo: Official website, courtesy of the photographer)

However, Gur Cohen is convinced that the state must draw lessons from the last school year.

"This method of closing the schools is incorrect," she stated.

"The desire to give one answer to everything is not true. We also need to remember that our responsibility is not only for academic studies, but also for mental and emotional health - these consequences will be much more difficult to correct."



Eli Horowitz, CEO of the Trump Foundation and an education expert, suggests learning from other countries and opening the upcoming school year in small classes with an emphasis on personal attitude. Says in fact that we left everyone in class, "he explained." The children who in the Corona year managed to advance in self-learning and distance learning, will immediately lose interest and feel that school is boring for them and wasting their time. On the other hand, we have the opportunity to learn from many countries in the world that are now investing in the academic, social and emotional diagnosis of each and every student. "They do not intend to return to the large classrooms where everyone is taught the same material at the same pace, but to adapt to each student the goals and the program that suits them."



The Committee of Heads of Universities stated: "VRA acted in coordination and cooperation with the Ministry of Education before and of course during the Corona crisis. An agreement was signed between the VRA Chairman and the Director General of the Ministry of Education, 'Treat the matriculation scores of these yearbooks exactly as they apply to any other yearbook in terms of admission requirements.

The heads of the rabbis have publicly pledged that there will be no 'corona cycle', and they intend to meet that. "

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