Crawling through Ballymun today it occurred to me how little has changed despite ‘The 21st Century’. As the economy recovers there is a noticeable increase in traffic volumes especially at rush hour.
The very existence of rush hour implies that the vast majority of people are still working the traditional way. They get up early, get into their cars (or hop on a bus or whatever) and commute to their place of work, returning home at roughly the same time every day. That is the reality of daily living for the bulk of the working population.
We can talk all we like about flexible working and remote working but that is still the preserve of the few. Why is this important? It’s important because as academics who have a lot of flexibility in the way we work, it is quite easy to fall into the trap of believing that everyone can work like us – they can’t.
We need to remember this when we are peddled nonsense about how ridiculous it is that students are dragged to a lecture at 9am when they could be learning flexibly and remotely at times that suit them. Students need to get up early, come to campus and get stuck into learning in a learning environment; because life is like that and education is supposed to prepare you for life.