As we eagerly open the envelope to see what type of results were achieved for second term, I finally had to conceive that somewhere, somehow has let this grade 8 kid down. When things go wrong, we are very quick on the draw to blame the other person. The teacher blames the parents, the parents indirectly blame the teacher and the backup singers blame the education system. STOP!
I blame everybody.
The Department of Education, the parents and that thing they call technology.
I blame the education department for trying to shove in as many kids in one room because they are being trained to be spectators in a circus because that is where they are eventually going to land up (either as monkeys or the popcorn eating crowd). Budget cuts, political agendas which leads to overworked teachers who try and teach and reach just one kid out of that 50. The teacher is the first one out the gate on a Friday, coz he just wants to rush home and slump down on a couch and say "Thank You Lord I'm home!!". Not that they do not care about Jimmy or his marks, it is because he can't even remember that there was a Jimmy in the class anyway. No, I do not blame the teachers, I blame a system that has gone from bad to worst over the years and we expect the same results. Never mind the Limpopo textbook saga, coz it is all happening right here in our own neighborhoods. Even the guy begging by the robots knows this one thing for a fact, there is no money, so even if you tried to send them to a private school where they don't play the sardine game, even that brings along its own problems.
Solution : WHEN YOU TEACHERS GO ON STRIKE (AGAIN).. you're placards should say, YOU MESSING WITH TOMORROWS LEADERS. GET SERIOUS!! Not Give us money!! In a sense I feel sorry for the future generation of this country. If this is the Leaders of Tomorrow, then I better get to Mars TODAY. Our future ministers and presidents and decision makers, are sitting in that crammed rooms being shaped into what??
PARENTS in whichever shape or form.. Yes you! I think it is time we/us/you catch a nice strong cuppa Jacobs Creek and realise that if we do not get involved with our children, you going to have a grown a** adult, stuck at your house years later, not being able to find work and eating you broke. We know they are at school, and they come home, but we if we looked at there state of their books, some look like they were used as back up toilet paper or there is nothing in them that bears relevance to the book itself. We don't think about asking about homework, or even attempt to help with homework. Remember what I said, If you not getting involved now, you going to get involved years later when the same child you neglected at school, can't find a decent job and he comes right back to you. We are all to blame here. In this generation, morals and values are hard to keep up and maintain, but we need to do it anyway. YES IT'S TOUGH, BUT BEGINS AT HOME!!!
Lastly I blame technology.
Yes, I am talking about the mobile phone, the Ipad, the tablets and we allow our kids to sit with it for hours. The more silent they are, the better for us. Out of our way. My question is, what on earth does a grade 8 or 9 or 10 student learn from social media?
They don't even know how to talk, how to write, how to spell, how to manually subtract and add, how to communicate with other people and age groups. What on earth do they learn if nothing but how to waist hours of their time and yours, by chatting to someone who is sitting in the house next door.
ONE DAY, writing is going to be obsolete and the new age language is going to be the prescribed to schools.
"Jan van Riebeeck landed in CPT. lmao. dumb a**" "Please Google your next assignment"
Folks, let us all get serious and realise... We need to arm our kids and be proud of what they become years later. Not be embarressed!
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