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About the author

Professor Charles Farrugia was born in Rabat, Malta in 1941. He has 60 years’ experience in education starting to teach in state schools at 19. He taught student teachers at St Michael’s and Mater Admirabilis Teacher Training Colleges. He was founder Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Malta for 14 years, Pro-Rector of the same University for ten Years, and University Ombudsman/ Commissioner of Education at the Malta National Ombudsman Office for ten years. He served as Chairman of the Maltese National Commission for UNESCO for 17 years. He has published extensively in the international education sphere, especially on education in small states.

 

He studied at St Aloysius’ College and St Michael’s TC in Malta. He obtained a Diploma in modern teaching methods from the University of London, a Bachelor’s in Communication Arts from the University of Montreal and a Master’s in Educational Technology from Concordia University, both in Canada. He holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of London. He is married to Doris who opened and ran her own Highfield Playschool for 24 years: they have three children and six grandchildren.

 

About the blogs

The pandemic Covid-19 is playing havoc with our lives, not less so with our children’s schooling. On the positive side, home-learning and tele-schooling have stimulated parents to participate more closely in their children’s education. During this experience, parents have become more aware of the many issues that influence their children’s –young or teenagers- schooling.

 

Through these blogs, I wish to further parents’ awareness about education. We shall explore the diverse aspects of teaching and learning. We shall see why the curriculum contains certain subjects and not others, why corporal punishment is abhorrent to the very concept of education, why some educators want to abolish schools altogether, and many other issues. We shall explore what is going on in one of the most important developmental processes in our children’s lives.

 

These blogs are directed mainly at parents but teachers and other educators may find them useful. Regretfully, it is not in my competence to comment on whether students should return to school or not.