Berrin Işıl Özer and Sibel Altunyurek,
Cihat Kora Anatolian High School, Izmir, Turkey
(1 July 2020)
We started the academic year enthusiastically, with the excitement of learning and teaching new things, opening new horizons. This year, we had planned on running regular P4C workshops with the students and no sooner had we started the meetings than the Covİd-19 thing broke out! Then, everything changed immediately. So in this blogpost we have put some snapshots of our P4C enquiry sessions with our lovely students in the first hand. Then, we tried to compose our observation and feeling so far.
We face a new enemy that can be insidious, serious, effective or even fatal, but, unfortunately, not visible.
This is an enemy that can make destructive and effective moves if you are careless and even more brutal and revitalized. It soon killed thousands of lives. Not only the economy or something, it also turned the social life upside down. Okay, but this bad picture has some good deeds, and it will be. There is 'optimism' on the good face of the picture. We have learned the value of life, realized and discovered the value of family, friendship and social belonging.
Thanks to the Corona epidemic, we have realized again how important our health is.
We have realized the importance of science and technology and the indispensability of modern medicine.
We have underlined that we should not forget that cleanliness and hygienic measures are one of the indispensable, not only of faith, but also of health.
We realized the importance of our family, social and social solidarity and cooperation.
We have brought up the question of how necessary it is to support solidarity, talk, showdown, and reconsider our value judgments.
*Social Media Isolation
Panic, fear, anxiety and hopelessness are the biggest threats today ... and these four are just as dangerous as the coronavirus itself. That is why we should be careful about "fake" suggestions on social media, baseless, unfounded "dirty information" as much as virus infection.
First health, then others
First human, then economy
First prevention, then treatment
Distance first, then others
Life is bumpy. We should not forget that the situation we live in can always come and go, that the most sacred duty in the world is to save lives and that people need people.
To sum up, “Happiness consists of the disasters we have survived,” a philosopher said. There is a message that we must see in every disaster as long as we don't close our eyes.