Adapt or Change?

 In Educational Leadership

There’s a difference between adapting and changing. When we adapt, we adjust or modify something about ourselves, or our behaviours, due to a given situation. Change, on the other hand, is about transformation. It’s about making something – usually something external to ourselves – different from what it was before.

For Australian families with child dependants, managing home-school-work and family life is challenging. Currently, these families fall into four main categories.

  • Those living under lockdown conditions and managing remote learning.
    • Those who are not.
  • Those who have lost jobs and are under financial stress.
    • Those who are not.

There are more than one million single-parent families. Many parents work in school systems. Some have been hit harder than others. All have experienced lockdown – some for days, others for weeks or months. For Australian families with child dependants, inconsistencies and disadvantages are unfolding and spreading beyond our borders.

Families and individual schools will adapt. And they’ll do so to the very best of their ability. Unfortunately, all their noble efforts will be thwarted by an archaic school calendar determined by a school system that essentially dictates Australia’s home-school-work and family life. Any hope of a prosperous future requires much more than short-term modifications. Australian families can continue to adapt for only so long.

It is time for school systems to change.

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