Part 3: Why are we planning to go back to “normal” anyway? EDUCATION

George Lamptey
6 min readMay 17, 2020

Does the nation have common sense?

Definition of common sense: good sense and sound judgement in practical matters.

Common Sense Commons aka Parliament

This post was meant to be solely focused on education and schools but I think the chatter of the day around common sense and leaving it to the public and how they will conduct themselves at this time compelled me to mention this and also provide a little insight into my thought process early on in the pandemic and how it ties into education and learning.

Did you get the common sense when told to stay-alert? Thousands booked out holiday homes (we are in a war with a vicious invisible enemy but holidays are somehow essential). Yesterday was a lovely day and during a walk in the park a large picnic is was taking place. Must of been an entire household of about 20 people. Yep, there is a lot of common sense out there.

A London tube driver remarked “It was as packed like it was before the crisis”. So, do all these commuters really lack common sense? Let’s fire a few questions at Tom from Romford in East London, a construction worker planning to go back to work.

  • Can you work from home Tom? (Yes/No)
  • Has your boss told you come in? (Yes/No)
  • Has your boss told you the conditions are Covid secure? (Yes/No)
  • Is this job your main source of income? (Yes/No)
  • Do you think your job could be at risk if you don’t go to work? (Yes/No)
  • Can you drive to work, avoid public transport and get free parking outside your place of work? 😐

Thank you for your honest answers Tom. Moving on.

Common sense says Tom should avoid the tube. The common reality tells a different story.

The real deal and the selfless

Photo by Stijn Swinnen on Unsplash

Fun Fact: The average age of a UK MP is 50. They will NOT be part of the experiment for children to go back to school shortly. You have to be at least 5yrs old and no more than 11yrs

George Lamptey

Poetry inspired by nature, observations and love.