The future is uncertain… but this uncertainty is at the very heart of human creativity (Ilya Prigogine: 1917-2003).
Ilya Prigogine was born in Russia in 1017 and died in 2003. He is a professor of Chemistry. He wrote a book, titled “the End of Certainty.” And, he got a noble prize of Chemistry in 1977 (Wikipedia). He believed that uncertainty can lead us into being more creative. It is the very heart of human creativity.
Now that we have lived in the pandemic of Covid 19 for one and half year, we have been facing uncertainty. The uncertainty is related to the time when this pandemic is over. Not only do we have to practice the health protocols but we also get vaccinated. Though not all the people in every country got it, we have to follow that protocol: vaccination. Under this uncertainty, we have eye-witnessed that people around the world are busy with their struggle for life.
When concerning the education programs, we have done online-learning processes. During the first lock down, all schools and colleges were not totally ready with online classes. More crucially, it is for the primary schools and kindergarten. Not all the pupils and their families have got androids for online classes. Even not all the college students were totally ready in the first lockdown.
In a related research, it was stated strongly by Simon Burgess, S and Sievertsen H. H, (2020.), that this Covid 19 outbreak has made global home schooling surely produce some inspirational moments. But, it also produces some angry moments, some fun moments, and some frustrated moments. It unlikely, on average, among others, replaces the learning lost from school, interruption in students’ learning and in internal assessments.
The students had to go home to their home towns. This also creates a new problem. Their town or regional governments are not always prepared with the facilities of internet connection. These interrelated problems made all education process were firstly not well-planned. I bet it could be almost everywhere.
In some chats in the messengers groups, internationally, we have the same evidence. In one family, there could be only one android, shared by two or three people for online learning. In the webinar sessions, some speakers and participants said, not all the families in remote regions have androids; Let alone the laptops. This is a crucial issue in an online learning.
During the first lock down, almost all schools got simple panaceas with quick changes. But, I am not sure yet with the kindergarten and primary schools everywhere in the remote areas. I have just eye-witnessed in colleges. During the first-one semester of classes, we had mostly used the WhatsApp (WA) application. Sometimes, we used the free zoom application. We also used messenger video for the class practice. The students were grouped into the WA groups.
After one semester, we have had very well-scheduled zooms in my colleges. The class processes have been regularly scheduled virtually. Some variations of online learning processes have been created. The uncertainty during the first lockdown made us do everything creatively but virtually.
Up today, we are not sure yet when the pandemic is over. As viewed by Ilya Prigogine, it is time for our creativity. As based on a research by Megggane and John J. John (2020), on medical students, they found this disruption a good chance for the students’ innovation. Covid 19 makes the students able to adapt and innovate. They could devise ways to exhibit their skills, work ethic, teamwork, and even dedication to research. Such endeavors can be a readily-viewed attribute, in facing those new challenges. So, the future of education can be more sparkling.
And, how to manage this uncertainty and make the people creative is the key success for survival. The best national-leaders are needed in this uncertainty to lead and manage the people to be creative. That is the future of education. It can be either blurring or sparkling, depending on the leaders in every country.
Dr. Djuwari is an Associate Professor and the Director of Language Laboratory at Universitas Hayam Wuruk (UHW) Perbanas Surabaya, the editor of some research journals in the Philippines and Indonesia. He is also a journalist in some newspapers in Indonesia; the President of International Association of Scholarly Publishers, Editors, and Reviewers (IASPER).