a) Distance learning in education has turned out to be very surprising for me. For me, developing the work tasks was very interesting, very far-reaching and always a challenge. During the reflection process a lot of topics have evolved. What really needs to be transmitted? How do I put it on paper so students can understand and implement it? Which sources do I use? With the help of research, many educational ideas can be found in the end.
The students had to deal with the topics in order to be able to work on them. At school, they sit behind their desks and let themselves be distracted, they don’t want to think. As soon as they have to think in writing, they have to learn to concentrate, combine what they have heard and read and write it down. They also have to get organized (meet deadlines for example) and become again responsible for their actions! Become more independent again because parents can no longer take everything off their hands!
Many very personal contacts have been made because it is obviously easier to write down the problems in writing and from a distance.
b) From the experience of distance learning, I would opt for “project-oriented learning” in school with few students, in comfortable school classes (like the Scandinavian Modell), because it is already evident in the shift model that work can be done much more efficiently with fewer students. You can follow their thoughts and develop creative and exciting theses together with them. This makes learning fun too!
If I were a politician, I would ask myself whether the current policy still fits the modern, changing society.
Since we can expect an even higher unemployment rate in future, both, due to pandemics and digitalization, but also due to the effects of climate change, I would move away from the current working hours model and unemployment benefits.
The idea of a basic income for all, so that their existence is secured and the possibility to earn more through work, I would find brilliant!
I firmly believe that few people would not go back to work. Work is not just about earning money, but encompasses a much broader spectrum, such as recognition, friends, social status, and so on. However, every person would have the opportunity to develop his or her work-life balance according to his or her own ideas.
If people’s livelihoods were secured by a basic income, they would be able to work on what they are interested in without stress and with a lot of commitment; they would also be able to continue their education at any time and then also apply themselves accordingly and develop professionally.
Young families could temporarily take time for their children, if they wanted to – and not only the mother, but also the father. Partners could take turns in their work assignments.
Now that we can see how much money can be transferred and invested in support services, it should also be possible to finance this expensive basic income. It would be an interesting calculation what would be more expensive in the future. Unemployment benefits, social assistance, various supports, or unrestricted basic income. Most of all, because we know that many professions will be eliminated in the next few years due to digitalization. New jobs will be created, but these will not be able to absorb the high number of unemployed.
These measures would also lay the foundation for a satisfied population. I think that if every individual in society can be sure that his existence is thoroughly protected, he will not be so quick to join populist and extreme right-wing ideas, be tolerant of others, because he has nothing to fear.
Beyond that, and no less important, for me would be the preservation of democratic values. I would do a lot more outreach. I would not simply sweep false reports, slander, incitement and fomenting of hatred under the table, but consistently clarify, discuss, take legal action against and publish transparently. Vehemently limit corruption and act against it in order to regain the trust of the population!
I would now continue the restrictions that have been imposed by Corona and that have been beneficial to the environment. As mentioned above, policymakers need to focus on the changing world. Climate change, or all measures against it, must be a top priority, as this ultimately secures all our lives. Not only technically, but socio-politically, I have to bring about change.
More common European policy, especially regarding democracy! Corporations and large industrialists would have to make a fair contribution to the financing of the general public and introduce a machine tax or something similar.