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David Todd (La Chât teacher)

Posted By Alumni Office, vendredi, 8 mai 2020
Updated: jeudi, 7 mai 2020
David Todd

David Todd (La Chât teacher)

What do you teach and how long have you been at Ecolint?
I teach History and I've been at La Châtaigneraie for 10 years. 

What has been your greatest challenge as a teacher, in facing the coronavirus pandemic?
Trying to deliver online lessons which are interesting, which continue the necessary learning but still give screen ‘downtime’   

What have you learned during this time?
Patience is key: no-one can go at their own pace anymore and there are so many things that are out of our individual control, we have to work to government directives. We cannot take it personally and we must remember that many people are suffering hugely because of this.

How do you think History will judge our actions on Covid?
This is a good question as we do not know yet how successful government measures will have been. There are counterfactuals at play here because we do not know what alternative measures or approaches would have led to. If we look back at 1919 and the great Flu pandemic, no-one criticised governments for what they did as they accepted that they were doing the best they could in the circumstances after the War: they also had limited means with which to control it. I suspect we will judge our actions in the same way: governments did the best they could. I think many, many questions will be asked about the nature of international trade and the integrated World economy. I also wonder if we will begin to ask questions about the nature of the capitalist economic system and the extent to which it can withstand shocks such as these. I suspect many people are reading Marx again, just as they did in 2008!      

A word of advice to your former students?
All things end: when one is in the middle of everything, it seems like it will go on forever. The key about this crisis is what we learn from it when it is over. If we can take positive lessons and make the World a better place then in some way, there will have been a purpose. Will we be more aware of hospital workers, cleaners and people who suddenly become essential in a crisis? If so, then not all has been lost.  

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