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ISJ Fall 2020: Towards Sustainable Education: Lessons from COVID-19 / Andrew Watson


In the wake of death, Covid-19 has also wrought a pandemic of pain, suffering and, if we dare, or are allowed, to peep out of our otherwise shuttered windows in our various states of suspended animation around the world, we might observe that it has also brought a sense of chronic uncertainty; indeed it seems that uncertainty is the only thing we can be certain of. However, this imposed solitude has also brought an opportunity for meditation, self-reflection and deep introspection about the state of the world and our place in it. Thus, this piece is written less in high minded despair than in harsh appreciation for the wasteland that awaits us if we fail to respond, in aspirational anticipation of the opportunity to re-calibrate the social contract and in the belief in the potential of humans to change and to change for the better, through education.