For this week’s second post , I had planned something completely different but I ended up being drawn to something else . (This will be a bit lengthy so please get cosy.)
I will therefore be talking about our education system using my opinion and the opinions from the two other articles I read regarding this subject.
First, I will be sharing Sanna Arman’s opinion.
She first tells a story about how in her final year of her undegrad , she had a presentation that was about 10% of her grade but she had done alright with the other percentage , so she ended up procrastinating and preparing for it two hours before the class.
Being street smart , she was able to summarize all she needed to and ace her presentation . Where the problem comes in is that some of her classmates who had actually taken time to do research months before got lower marks . She continues to say that it is not that she was more knowledgeable but standardisation robbed them and rewarded her . That is what is wrong with our education system , she says .
“We are taught how to pass and not actually taught to learn … We then leave this system and go into the world where a piece of paper determines our next step . Where some of us are celebrated and others are made to feel worthless.”
Second , I will give my friend Stacy Kirui’s opinion.
Her opinion is based on the question ‘What is your ideal education system ?‘
This was part of her answer :
“There is a Swahili saying,’Chui mfalme hamshindi njiwa katika mbio za mbinguni ‘ which roughly translates to,’ The mighty cheetah is no match for the humble dove in a flying contest.’ You have to know your field . That is where our society fails . That is where our education system fails : by not embracing the different strengths of our children. By not seeing the majestic clarity in our diversity . By appointing an imaginary society of aristocrats and noblemen who dictate a hierachy in professional fields : who dictate that to aspire to be anything else than a lawyer ,doctor or engineer is a disgrace to the honour bestowed on them at birth .
…We must marry the idea that we all have a niche in this wild,wild world. For the global education standard to reach its optimum we must make the system accountable . The system must cater for the varying needs of the learners.”
Lastly , I’ll give my opinion.
My ideal education system is one that caters for everyone both the creatives and analytical. A system with an examination system that isn’t life and death producing a piece of paper that almost determines your whole life . A system that actually teaches life lessons .
Please go ahead and read Sanna’s full article on http://www.sannaarman.com
Also , please comment and tell me : WHAT IS YOUR IDEAL EDUCATION SYSTEM ?
‘His love gives life ‘ John 10:10
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