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Educational aims are not what they should be

05 February 2014, 07:13

The youth - a group of individuals who make up the majority of our population. Majority of our population's educational aims are not what they should be - Can we afford this?

Often times I come across children, mostly secondary students, who have become so accustomed to simply learning but not exploring. These youths have been brought up with the mind-set that it is sufficient to merely know what is covered in their text books at school and not look beyond the contents of these books.

When the topics within the subjects Science, History, and perhaps Economic Management Sciences comes up, students are only able to demonstrate their knowledge on what is covered in their text books - nothing more.

They are not able to elaborate or explain further on these topics. They are unable to answer questions asked in relation to the topic if they have not studied the questions and devised possible answers. This is not how education should be. This is not the true definition of education.

Education is learning, but not learning simply to know - learning to continually broaden and build upon the knowledge you gain. Education never truly ends - yet our youth seem to think otherwise.

There is no value in being able to tell me that you know that there are seven wonders of the world - I want you to name those wonders for me.

There is no use in being able to only identify the different ways in solving issues in the work place for as set out by your text book - I want to hear of the techniques you have come up with yourself.

There is no point in knowing that the sky is blue - You need to tell me why the sky is blue.

This concept, this way of learning and educating, is something I cannot stress enough.

Students in today's times have been set out a routine, respectively, but have grown in such a way, that they have no intention of adding to that routine, instead, they'd rather continue conforming to the average standards set out for them.

Children are born as a blank canvas which adults have to ensure is not only painted, but painted with the best quality paint. Our youth are not going to develop if we, as elders and educators are not willing to help them develop. They are younger than individuals such as ourselves for a reason - they need to be led by those holding more life experience than themselves. It is our career, never mind job, to lead our youth in a direction that will enable them to be leaders themselves one day.

Our youth need to be brought up to constantly strive for more - to be more - rather than to keep within the limits society has set out for them.

In short - Our youth must learn with the intent to constantly broaden their knowledge - not the intent to simply pass their exam. And that, is the difference summed up in one sentence.

We need to be a country that has aims to develop our students and not merely teach them the need-to-knows in order to pass their grades. We need to reach further, we need to do more.

I believe that educators need to discuss topics with their students - elaborate, debate. By doing this, students will already be broadening their knowledge.

We should implement discussion groups within schools that will be a place where students can speak further on the topics learned during class. By having their own opinions on a lesson learned or subject as a whole, by building their own theories and ideas and being able to discuss and confirm the correctness of these ideas with their educators, our youth will gain the confidence they need to achieve more. Our youths will feel empowered, and empowerment is a great driving force to becoming a successful leader and individual.

I firmly believe that such discussion groups should be compulsory and be held for at least 90 minutes after school every day. I believe that students would look forward to being allowed to share their opinions and ideas on topics learned throughout the day at school.

To conclude my thoughts on this matter, I feel that we need a reform our way of educating and adopt a change in the aims our educators, parents, and elders have in educating our youth.

Most importantly, though, we need to change the way our youth look at their education.

Learn with the aim to constantly build upon your knowledge - not the aim to simply pass the test.

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