Beyond confirming that a/ the World Cup generates excessive interest (“madness”, in the words of the teachers) in a majority of the students and b/ that the digitized classrooms -one computer per child- can be a double edged sword, Teachers from all over the territory are making a virtue of necessity and are managing to try to take advantage of the phenomenon to talk with the children about the many (and complex) issues that go through the controversial competition. From the football business to geopolitics, passing through the human rights Y adapting, obviously, to the age of the class. Not all the interest in the competition was going to be reduced or how the students mount it to follow it secretly from their mobile devices.
“We have spoken with them about the working conditions suffered by the people who have worked in the construction of the facilities in which the World Cup is being held, which they watch with such interest, how the rights of women are violated in that country and that until very recently andl Barça had the name of Qatar printed on the shirt”, summarizes Roger Casanovas, high school teacher Castell del Quer de Prat de Lluçanès, where the kids are forbidden to use the mobile.
As in so many other Catalan centers, the students of the Castell del Quer they cannot take the phone out of the backpack while they are inside the center. But this Tuesday they had a scheduled outing to the town theater and, during the journey, some boys took advantage of the legal loophole -they were on the street, not in the institute- and began to look more or less covertly at the Argentina-Saudi Arabia, the first World Cup match that moved masses –Messi’s selection– during school hours. A situation never experienced until now -these championships had always been held in summer- and at a time when mobiles, tablets and computers they make everything within reach instantly, with the problems that this is generating in the classrooms, as this newspaper explained yesterday.
“We explain to them why they are holding the World Cup now and not in summer, because of the high temperatures in the region, or that it is a place where protests are not allowed and what that represents,” adds a history teacher from another institute. Catalan.
Beyond the emails warning of the sanctions that the boys who are caught connected to football during school hours will receive –in some centers there is even talk of expulsions-, at the Quatre Cantons institute, in Barcelona, it was also decided to send another ‘e-mail’ to the students explaining that Qatar does not respect the rights of women or LGTBI groupsnor of the workers and workers, thousands of whom have lost their lives in the construction of the stadiums & rdquor ;.
“We are facing a clear example of a learning situation in which to develop competency education”, points out the director of the institute Maribel Tarrés
question of identity
If on Tuesday the main dish the Argentina-Saudi Arabiathis Wednesday it was Morocco. Maribel Tarrés, director of the INS Jaume Cabré of Terassa, She points out that on Tuesday some students warned her that the next day they would not go to the institute, which Morocco played. “I told them not to think of it, that no one was going to miss class to watch a football game, and from there a whole conversation began. Students of Moroccan origin told me that for them that was much more than football that was a question of identity“, says the director.
After holding this talk in which all the students were able to express themselves, none of them missed this Wednesday to stay at home watching football. Not only that: they have also arranged that next Tuesday at 10 o’clock, when they have a second year of ESO reading again, the boys will have to explain everything they have learned about Qatar. “I have passed them InfoK links about the situation in the country, and they have to make a report and present it to me“, points out Tarrés, who puts the episode as a very clear example of a”learning situation“. Competence education was this.
The Catalan teacher at Sagrat Cor Besòs, Lucía López, recounts another example of an unexpected learning situation. “Seeing that they asked me to watch the games in the morning and afternoon, I realized that this was really important to them and I decided to take advantage of it for the class. For the last 10 minutes we put on silence a video with the best plays from Argentina -Saudi Arabia and I made them narrate what they saw [tipo locutor] as an exercise in oral expression. And it worked! & rdquor;, recounts the teacher of a school, located in Besòs, in which the vehicular language of the students is Spanish.
In the remainder of the week there will be few crucial meetings during school hours, but there are: this Thursday he will have started again at eleven in the morning –Switzerland vs. Cameroon– and at two in the afternoon –Uruguay against South Korea-. And on Friday, Wales vs. Iran at eleven o’clock Qatar vs. Senegal at two in the afternoon.