The first day of work of distance education in the capital was marked by a failure of the Moscow Electronic School system. Anews tells what criticism was caused by this event and the new transition to "remote" in general.
"Sawmakers pay programmers"
The crash of the MES on the very first working day, as expected, caused a flurry of criticism from the parents:
“The ability to make high-load systems is worth more than the money that these sawmill workers pay programmers. The thing is that they put the main money in their pocket, but they do not reach people."
“MES was written on the knee by students, and so much money was allocated, as if Bill Gates would create it personally. The result is a non-working system with a bunch of errors, inconvenient for teachers and students."
Interestingly, the accusations of users of embezzlement were partially confirmed by the statements of computer experts. Artem Gavrichenkov, CTO of Qrator Labs, noted: "It is likely that the operators performed insufficient load testing, possibly due to limited budgets."
The capital's mayor's office, in its defense, noted that the problem had been solved by the second lesson, and the next day it announced the smooth operation of the system, despite the three-fold increase in the load.
"Russia is slowly and surely being plunged into chaos"
However, the reverse transition to a remote learning system causes a powerful wave of criticism regardless of the work of the MES:
"Distant is the worst thing our government can do for our children."
"The cynicism of the authorities is off the charts."
“Younger schoolchildren (pupils from grades 1 to 4) are not sent to distance learning only for one reason: young children cannot be left alone at home. Parents will not have to work, but stay at home, which will certainly cause massive discontent. Russia is slowly and surely being plunged into chaos and a digital concentration camp."
“Nobody needs smart and educated children except us! We need morons with low intelligence, we need consumers who are easy to put on a yoke.
We, parents, family are enemies of our children, according to Satanists. The task is one - to eliminate the old generation, which has knowledge, and then through cartoons, the Internet, "state" education will eradicate any talents of our children!"
"It would be better if they gave out tablets to children for study, which are delivered to the sick."
There is, however, more substantive criticism. Many parents note that the new introduction of remote control will cause enormous everyday difficulties:
“Poor children and parents. Everyone knows perfectly well that distance learning is not learning. The teacher simply sent us lessons, classwork, and the child and I wrote everything ourselves, then photographed and sent. Only now my husband and I do not have time to sit and teach the child. We work hard because we have to pay for the mortgage. Everyone is afraid of a complete closure."
"I am not ready. I work and do homework at home with a child is very difficult, and learning a new topic on my own, without a teacher, is generally a nightmare.
Honestly, I am not a teacher and I work in another area - poor children, I personally am not given to teach, I did not study for this. I'm looking forward to the remote control with horror. You just have to quit and redesign. It's a pity - no one is going to pay for home schooling of their own children."
Especially often mentioned are the extraordinary expenses for technology and the Internet:
"The Internet can't stand three videos, you have to spend a lot of money on duplication (mobile Internet for everyone and a dedicated line), plus the elders had to buy new laptops, which is 80 thousand unplanned expenses."
"It would be better to give the children tablets for study, which are delivered to patients for social monitoring."
The transition of distance learning from the Zoom online platform to Microsoft Teams was also noted:
“The children are crying. Remembering that the middle (6th grade) failed to enter the trial lesson, and imagining that I will have to figure it out, I also start."
“Awful! Moreover, with the transition to teams, this is again no work, sit and tune everyone: this teams, the child and yourself."
“All these steps for a week or two make you lose heart and do not give you the opportunity to somehow plan your life. I would have preferred longer planning segments. For example: guys, we don't go out until the New Year. Everything. Everybody learns thimsy-dreams, organizes life at a distance. And now: they started - finished, started - changed their shoes for the summer, and so on a hundred times in a row."
Finally, people fear for the health of their own offspring:
“I feel sorry for the eyes of the children. Half a day at the computer, half a day in gadgets, sections and circles are closed, what will become of their vision?"
"Thousands of children will sit next to a computer and, at best, play with toys."
Another important nuance - the current remote control was introduced against the background of people leaving for work, which significantly weakens the control over training:
“Looking at her 8th grade student, she will not study. Again, the nightly showdown: I slept through one lesson, I could not connect to another, I did not hand over my homework, because I did not understand where to attach …"
“Even by the senior grades, awareness is not included in everyone, let alone high school. Thousands of children will sit next to a computer and, at best, play with toys. Others will be carried to exploits. In terms of education, another year will be lost if it is not two weeks."
“Crowds of teenagers roam the shopping malls, shops, flocks of cafes. Children at risk (deuces, bad behavior) did not look at Zoom in the spring. And now, when the parents are still working, they will not appear there at all."
"I agree to any interim measures if it protects someone."
However, there are also those who support the initiative. Basically, these are those who personally saw the harm from coronavirus infection:
“In my family, four fell ill, the son was seriously ill, my husband’s sister died. I agree to any interim measures if it protects someone."
“It seems to me that with such statistics as now, going or going to school is crazy. Distance - of course, it is very difficult for everyone. But with the current statistics of cases, I see no other way out."
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Disease strikes unite parents and school workers:
“Distance seems to me to be a bleak but inevitable measure. In the school where I work, a lot of people got sick in the last month - teachers and children."
“We have a third of the language experts either in the hospital or at home recovering. There is simply no one to work in person."
At the same time, one should not forget that many teachers are also parents, and they bear all the everyday hardships, like the others:
“I have three children: the eldest in the distance, the youngest in the 5th grade in person, I am a teacher in different classes: both internally and distant. I try to breathe deeply."
More bureaucracy in the future
The future, at least the immediate one, does not bode well. The authorities are discussing a bureaucratic initiative - the introduction of a standard for conducting a distance lesson. Honored Teacher of the Russian Federation, Candidate of Psychological Sciences Alexander Snegurov said that this measure would bring nothing but extra scribbling:
“The methodology and techniques also remain the same, undergoing only adaptation to the remote form, the pedagogical tools are not canceled (let me remind you that the partial use of information technologies has been practiced for a long time), so changes are not needed here either.
What else can be made significant, except for some improvements in the broadcast itself - I can not imagine. Such a proposal will only increase the bureaucratic component of the pedagogical process. But just now, in this alarming time, we, teachers, do not need such an additional bureaucratic burden."