Есеј Сање Хајдер, ученице четвртог разреда Четврте гимназије у Београду, награђен на Светосавском конкурсу Издавачке куће Pearson Akronolo, на тему: Pros & Cons: „How I feel about remote learning”.
Њен рад увршћен је међу 30 најуспешнијих од укупно 346 есеја, колико је приспело на конкурс.
Pros&Cons: How I feel about remote learning
Remote learning is something that happend, unfortunately, to every student in this world in the past two yaers. When I even hear somebody saying anything about learning from home, I’m not feeling well immidiately.
I see one basic quarantine day: my mum shouting how she would gladly kick all of us out off the house, grandmum kniting sweaters, scarves and socks and thanking God that he didn’t fullfiled mum’s previously mentioned wish and dad lying on the couch and defending his precious remote control like it’s pure gold. Thank God that I am kidding. Well, mostly. If you ask me, I have more cons than pros about remote learning, but that is relative. I mean, it’s good that you can wake up 10 minutes before school starts and not wasting your precious time on considering what to wear, what to bring for lunch, not worring that you are going to miss the bus etc. To be honest, all of us at least once have been sitting in front of Google meet and thinking about how that meal that mun served us is too spicy and not really listening about Einsten’s Theory of relativity. But those are benefints of remote learning, aren’t they? About the next thing I am going to mention, everybody will say Oh my God! I would never do that!. But we all know that is one enormous lie. It is obvious that I am speaking about cheating. Students in our generation have developped more effective and modern ways to cheat on exam, which is way to easier from home, but that is something that the digital revolution brings.
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In my opinion, remote learning is something that sort of destroys all the charms of the school age. How can we socialize and hang out with each other if we are all closed in our rooms? In those times, I indeed missed my friends, all of our internal jokes, unintentional outbursts in front, or behind, teachers which turn into unforgettable, epic memories. About the main thing, the learning, I can say that remote learning is disastorous for acquring knowledge. It is impossible to learn anything that way. At home, everything bothers you, distracts you, it is very difficult to concentrate. It makes sense that is cenuries ago, when the first schools were founded, teachers and students were in school for a cetrain time, where they worked effectively. In this situation, we get some materials, which seem to be written in some alien language, we rewrite them and in three days we don’t even remember the heading of the lesson. It is very important to hear the teacher live, an explanation, to be able to ask questions and to understand the essecnce of the lesson. When you go to school, you change the environment, something happens. However, when the whole day is based on one room, which is a bedroom, room for studying, dining room and also a place to rest, time passes slowly, everything is depressing, monotonous and melancholic. But at the same time, time passes so quickly, whether because everything is boring and monotonous, so when that state lasts longer, you don’t know what day or what year it is. The days, and even the time, are wasted in a way.
All in all, I would like remote learning to become history very quickly. Something we will recall and tell our children about, as our grandparents have been talking to us about going to a remote school at night, at dawn, in a meter deep snow, while they were probably accompanied by bears and wolves.
By Sanja Hajder IV4
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Есеј Луке Милошевића, ученика првог разреда Четврте гимназије у Београду, награђен на Светосавском конкурсу Издавачке куће Pearson Akronolo, на тему: Pros & Cons: „How I feel about remote learning”
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Pros & Cons: How I feel about remote learning
Remote learning is, indeed, an interesting phenomenon that never would’ve been accepted had the pandemic not completely changed the entirety of our perception of interpersonal interaction. Most of the people, after being constantly bombarded with gritty news about the new number of infected and the brand new number of those who’ve succumbed to the horrible disease have had no choice but to become pathologically afraid of diseases and human contact. Remote learning would’ve never been accepted if it wasn’t for this prevailing fear among the population; it would’ve been shunned by society, proclaimed to be impractical, inferior to traditional schooling and making students dumber. In this period, however, such methods were enforced on us. I’d say that it’s not really the best reform that could’ve come to schooling. It forces students to spend more time looking at a screen, which they already do! It makes studying harder to organize, because it gives people too much freedom. I may be a grungy conservative high-schooler that constantly looks down on his fellow men, but I think we’ll all agree that, if given the choice, we’d spend all our time doing absolutely nothing. It hasn’t merely ruined the way that the kids study, but it has definitely annihilated the way that children make friends. I’ve always seen people go out after school in my previous school years, which is an occurence that I see rarely in these years.
No, I do indeed not believe that remote learning should become the norm. It has its own primal sin which influences society and youth in a pretty despicable way. It separates people, it distances them, it makes them unable to communicate seriously. People barely ever ask their teacher any questions anymore, and I’d reckon it’s in part due to remote learning. It is, indeed, in a way, a testiment to the glory of mankind and a monument to the future that will be led by the technological oligarchs. It’s a future where men won’t interact with eachother anymore, where man will be able to spend his entire lifetime alone. Such a life will only be possible, thankfully, after most of the primal needs of man are either taken care of or eradicated. Until drones are completely capable of delivering goods directly, until babies can be created in a machine, thus eliminating the need for sex, that future will not even touch mankind. But I do believe that the concept of remote learning and the shenanigans regarding the invention of the „Metaverse“ are nothing but a preparation for this word, an assembly of the parts before the machine is constructed. If I have to say anything positive about remote learning, it’s the fact that it’s made homework a lot easier. People no longer have to stress each other if they’ve written it in the right notebook nor when they shall have to present their work. Everything is laid bare in front of the students’ eyes; the demand, the date, and the „browse“ function to submit the homework. That, I’d say, is the only improvement that remote learning has brought upon schools, albeit perhaps with a snippet of dubious means. Those are my opinions on remote learning, and I’d love to see us avoiding the future where we’re all distant and reliant on a benefactor. However, with the techno-oligarchs already making moves towards that future, the truth is that the game was rigged from the start.
By Luka Milošević I6
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In its search for values that will satisfy men‘s pursuit of canonic, absolute and thus dogmatic morality, humanity has created a myriad of moral systems, ideas of good and evil, whose foundations, for Hobbs, lay upon external factors that shape our culture. If we then strip morality of its presupposed monistic omnipresence within one culture, all we are left with, as Hobbs says, are simply words that signify sets of rules that best tell us what’s right or wrong on a very small, isolated scale of time and space. In that sense, ancient morality of virtue, deontological ethics, morality based on Christian dogma or even complete moral pluralism, as different as they might be, have one thing in common – they dominated a certain period of history because of the ability and competence to best suit the needs and of people of that time.
If we look through the development of morality and moral philosophy as a science through the eyes of Leo Strauss, we can analyze ideas of righteousness in a time-space conditioned manner. Following a non-linear pattern, and abandoning the idea of continual ethical progress, helps us see that humans, as beings intertwined with duality of their nature, conceptualize morality as a servant for their needs. Plato and Aristotle, as timeless as they may be, couldn’t escape the influences of empiric perceptions and cultural conditioning. In that sense, although the morality or virtue and ideas of “vita contemplativa”, modesty and functionalism worked well in sustaining and organizing human urges for centuries they were overthrown by other systems because they too were inherently specialized to best suit Athens. The same can then be said about Judeo-Christian, Islamic, Buddhist or any other morality system that doesn’t recognize itself as culture-dependent and pluralistic.
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