2021: 7 issues to watch in education

For a third consecutive year, the Federation of Private Educational Institutions (FEEP) took on the task of determining seven educational issues to watch. Here they are.

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Reinvent yourself, be creative, see the light at the end of the tunnel, so many expressions that you can no longer bear? 🙂 For the third consecutive year, the Federation of Private Educational Institutions (FEEP) took on the task of identifying seven education issues to watch this year. This reflection could serve as guidelines for the months to come.

Here are 7 education issues to watch for in 2021:

1. A crisis rich in pedagogical learning

2. Professional development: doing better what you do well

3. Priority for students with difficulties

4. The establishment of the new preschool cycle

5. The personalization of human resources services to attract and retain education personnel

6. Youth mental health before and after the pandemic: school and adults as protective factors

7. Address implicit bias in schools


First observation: the pandemic will have made it possible to acquire new educational skills. FEEP underlines in particular that the school situation linked to COVID-19 will have made it possible to refocus on skills development, as recommended in the Quebec school training program (PFEQ). In addition, we had to question the role of evaluation with students. Why and what to evaluate? The objective is much more to evaluate to learn and not to learn to evaluate. Finally, technologies will have been at the heart of distance education. Innovation, whether technological or educational will remain at the center of education, even after the pandemic according to the document.

Pandemic or not, professional development must remain a priority whether you are a teacher, director or educational advisor. Professional development is not only essential for the various players in the world of education in terms of personal growth, but it will also have an impact on improving student learning.

Since the start of the school year, students with special difficulties have often been at the center of concerns. As resources have not always been there, FEEP considers it a priority for schools to quickly identify those who have lacked regular monitoring in order to assess the situation. 

Kindergarten 4 years old

The establishment of a new preschool cycle obviously remains a major challenge. The deployment of the 4-year-old kindergarten in the midst of the pandemic will bring significant challenges: ensuring that children can socialize despite everything and ensure intervention mechanisms for toddlers showing signs of delay in their cognitive development. Indeed, it is one of the main objectives of this new cycle: to ensure that all young Quebecers are better equipped for their entry into elementary school. 

The issues proposed by FEEP are not addressed exclusively to teachers, but also to the entire world of education. To attract and retain education personnel, it is important, according to the Federation, for school organizations to take into account the requirements of those working in the education system. Offer more flexible hours in order to reconcile work and family, or offer social benefits geared towards the well-being of people. Also ensure that a proposed position matches the skills of the employee. In short, human resources management will have to adapt to the current context.

Mental Health

Indices of feelings of isolation, demotivation, sleep deprivation and irritability appear to be on the rise, according to figures from National Institute of Excellence in Health and Social Services (INESS). According to FEEP, school and adults are protective factors. They will have to demonstrate, among other things, sensitivity, compassion, flexibility and creativity in their interventions. But it is still necessary that these adults, also affected by the pandemic, be helped in the event of distress or anxiety.

See or review the forecast as well for 2019 and those for 2020.

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André Magny
André Magny
For more than 30 years, André Magny has been going back and forth between journalism and teaching French to teenagers and adults alike. Freelance freelance writer for various media including Francopresse, he was also a cultural journalist at Law in Ottawa and in charge of new technologies at Soleil de Québec. He also did sports journalism in France. He has a weakness for the Francophonie, culture, sports, cuisine and politics.

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