We owe it to our students to rediscover language beyond the coronavirus crisis.
What will we talk about when we stop talking about COVID? What words can we liberate from that distant, more garrulous age before lockdown?
The conversations we have had since schools closed have been dominated, obsessively, with coronatalk. Everything else has been forced out, understandably muted by a collective desire only to invest energy and ideas into thinking our way through the crisis.
The despair so many felt all those months ago was deepened by the new quiet and the loss of conversation. And schools are word palaces, with a common language built out of the shared experience: that linguistic bridge between teacher and student that is fundamental to growth and identity. All changed now, but for how long remains unknown.
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