RT VOL XXI: Ch 9: A Global Pandemic Caused an Education Pandemic
From the Book: The Refractive Thinker®: Vol. XXI: Work Life Balance: Effective Strategies to Enhance Personal and Professional Success


When the 2020 pandemic became worldwide, fear and panic spread quickly. Education systems were not prepared for the challenges and transitions. The pandemic forced educational leaders to find alternative teaching methods despite existing technologies and models already in existence. Two components of academic excellence are continuity and predictability. Training educators in pedagogy (the teaching of children) and andragogy (the teaching of adults) is not a simple process. Education systems leaders and educators needed to be resilient and effectively sustainable to provide students academic consistency, especially at the early elementary levels, for optimal learning. Families and educators found it difficult to maintain a healthy work-life balance prior to the pandemic. The 2020 pandemic created concerns at various levels, negatively affecting families and students and causing educators to leave the education environment. By implementing refractive thinking solutions in a post-pandemic society, educators can regain a pre-pandemic work-life balance.