This is my stand on the educational system.
According to the definition by Wikipedia, education is the process of facilitating learning, or the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, beliefs, and habits. So in other words the goal of education is ensure that students are LEARNING.
“We define learning as the transformative process of taking in information that—when internalized and mixed with what we have experienced—changes what we know and builds on what we do. It’s based on input, process, and reflection. It is what changes us.”
That said, the second focus is on the complexity of the human brain, on the fact that no two people are the same, and that because every individual is unique, the process of learning will differ.
There are four learning styles:
1. The visual
2. The auditory
3. The read-write
4. The kinesthetic
People learn using a variety of these methods, but one method is usually predominant in everyone. But in the educational system of today, teachings are usually made to serve mostly ‘The read-write learning style’.
Don’t think so? Ask around. Do your personal research. Attend a class if you are no longer in school. Just get the facts.
But have we ever heard the saying “Everyone is a genius”.
Or, “If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid”?
If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid?
What about the Observation “For a fair selection, everybody has to take the same exam”?
Both of the statements deal with the educational system and the mode of evaluation.
So would you agree then that the system has been automatically telling the elephant, the monkey, the chicken and the fish to climb one same tree?
While the monkey will find it very easy to climb the tree, the chicken may make an effort which could still result in success (the chicken would actually have to fly not climb, but the point is it is on the tree). No matter how much you tell the Elephant and fish to read more and “pray more” (watch word for Nigerian parents), they can never climb the tree.
So parents, teachers, educators and caregivers, rather than frustrate the fish and elephant – by making them repeat a class, calling their read-write test scores out in class and letting their mates make a mockery of them, rather than reducing their self-esteem so low that they have to look up to see zero, and making them get to the point where they personally identify themselves as stupid, dumb, and not good enough, rather than flogging them and trying to make them conform to a system that boxes them, rather than comparing them to the child that doesn’t have “two heads but comes first in class”, address what ought to be addressed.
Stop the violation in every form and put your energy where you ought to put it.
YOU HAVE DONE ENOUGH DAMAGE ALREADY.