Why the need for school? What do we aim to achieve by being educated? Is education really a scam? Can we learn without going to school? Is knowledge only acquired within those four walls?
According to Malcolm Forbes, “the purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one”. Considering the current Nigerian situation, can the actual purpose of education or going to school be achieved? Is it possible to have a schooling system which caters for interests of students instead of strictly adhering to a curriculum?
We are told, “go to school, study, pass, graduate, get a job and your life has begun” but this progression is unrealistic. Only a privileged few get jobs right out of college. Connections play a key role in getting a decent job in this part of the world. That is, who you know or who knows you (or your parents). Your results or certificates are insignificant.
However, I realised a while back that going to school and learning are two very different things. Most of us went to school to “learn” how to draw and label slipper-shaped paramecium, look for “x” all day and cram the almighty formula. We never really get engaged in practical sessions where the real learning lies. We hardly get asked personal questions or get treated or attended to individually – well, unless your parent is super-rich, you are one pain in the neck or exceptionally gifted.
To be fair, one practical I vividly remember us engaging in had to do with onions. We were all asked to come to school with onions for biology practical. Some brought two, while others brought four or five. Guess what we did that day. We checked out under a microscope (holding it was the only exciting part) one of the layers in an onion (meanwhile, my teachers went home with lots of onions because the entire class just used one.). Thinking back, what did we really learn that day? We learned how to look into a microscope I think.
A school has become a place you go to cram useless facts and unnecessary knowledge which are mostly inapplicable in real life. It is a place where you are tested and assessed based on how well you can memorise. This should not be the case.
All a student wants is to study (cram), pass, graduate (with good grades if possible) and get a job. This is what has been unconsciously imparted in the average Nigerian student, so he just wants to just graduate by all means. The main purpose (which is learning) is overlooked and replaced with the Yoruba slang “eni to mo ‘way’ lo mo iwe” Which means “those who know the “way” are the smartest.” It also means you do not necessarily have to study but if you know what to do (cram, cheat or bribe), you could pass.
That’s why most of the graduates our institutions produce these days are half baked.
Sadly, our lecturers are not helping matters. Most of them are all about working thirty days and getting paid. Only very few passionate ones are interested in actually imparting knowledge.
I once had a white lecturer taking us Inferential Statistics (Prof. Bruni) who resigned and went back to his country simply because he was frustrated. From the way he bitterly expressed himself during his last class, one could sense the passion he had for imparting knowledge. He told us during that class why he came to Nigeria. He said, “I came to this country to teach, to impart knowledge but other lecturers make it impossible. How can students fail a subject and the lecturer is happy? Why should I get queried because my students pass my course? This, I do not understand. It is unnatural and makes no sense.”
In essence, why do we really go to school?
I believe we do so to prepare us for the real world. The process itself, the stress we are exposed to – waking up early, time management, sense of responsibility (the prefects) and meeting with deadlines (homework before play/other activities), etc., helps build a structure/pattern of living and how things should be done. Also, we get to unconsciously network. We learn certain social skills and form a few meaningful and lasting relationships. In addition, we go to school so we know and protect our rights. Another purpose of education is: to get empowered and as such, no one can disrespect us.
All these apart, I really do not know why we go to school.
Why do we go to school?
Please share your views in the comment section.
Source: Daily Advent
6 Effective Tips On How To Read Faster And Comprehend More
It takes dedication and steadfastness to be a fast reader and assimilator. Every average student has a lot to read and comprehend. In order to cover up your work load for the semester or academic session and have a good grade in your exams, you need to abide by the rules and techniques you will learn after reading this article.
To equally help yourself read faster, you can equally acquire reading software that will help you to practice any technique you must have leant online or offline about reading faster and comprehension.
The best way to succeed is for you to always remember the gains of reading faster and understanding. This will help to motivate you towards building your reading abilities.
Knowing how to read faster and comprehension is not only good for students alone, researchers, office workers, lecturers, etc need to know the skills of fast reading because it will help in making your work finish on time and you will also have more time for family and friends.
WAYS TO READ FASTER AND COMPREHEND MORE
STOP WORD VOCALIZATION
Some people vocalize words as they read along. Vocalization slows down your reading speed. Research has proven that vocalization retards the assimilation capabilities of your brain. So, if your still in the category of readers that are still vocalizing, stop it right away.
IDENTIFY YOUR SPEED.
Identifying your reading speed will definitely help you to know how you have progressed in your endeavor to read faster. Therefore, take write ups with specified word count and try to know your speed via quantity of words read per hour.
LEARN HOW TO FOCUS.
Focusing on the content and subject matter you are reading will help you understand it faster. Therefore, stop thinking about unnecessary things like the romance date you had the previous day, financial problems, family problems and other things that will distract you from what you are doing at that particular time. It has been proven that most people do not understand or assimilate what they are reading just because of unnecessary distraction.
To also increase your ability to focus, you have to go to a quiet environment to read. Most especially if you have a great volume of work to do.
HAVE A GOAL.
You should have a goal on the quantity of material you need to read per day. Set a goal you are sure to achieve per day and try to increase the goal as time goes on. Within a short time, you will identify that your reading speed has increased.
LEARN READING SUMMARIZATION.
This technique should be applied when you have really improved in your speed of reading and comprehension. And you should also apply this technique when reading a material that is so large. Reading summarization is reading the topics and sub topics of pages, paragraphs and chapters.
Some authors call this technique skim reading. You just scan key words ad try to determine the contents through experience.
Do not read words one after the other, rather read the words by groups. It’s all about training yourself to be reading words in groups. Once you start it, you will see how easy it is.
The strategies stated in this article should be applied mildly when you are reading complex materials. Such materials are mathematics and engineering and other professional materials.
JAMB Gives Update On The Release Of 2019 UTME Results
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has disclosed that non of the results of the ongoing 2019 UTME have been released. This was disclosed by the JAMB’s Head of Media and Publicity, Fabian Benjamin, while speaking to newsmen on Tuesday in Bwari.
According to Dr Fabian, the board is still in the process of screening the results due to the fact that a lot of fraudulent activities were discovered.
He metioned that the issues discovered include multiple registrations, impersonation etc. In view of these, the board is taking its time to fish out the perpatrators. He however stated thet candidates should expect their results soon.
Concerning the conduct of the UTME, Dr Fabian the process of the examination has so far been successful, adding that the board was addressing some of the challenges that came up during the exercise.
He also said that the board was still investigating those who were unable to be verified through its biometric process and would come out with a stand on the matter.
Source: My school
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