Learning and achieving, a culmination of techniques

2016-11-23 06:00

SOCIETY never wants to look at the sometimes not-so-nice elements that exist within education.

Excellence is always rewarded. I am not saying that this is bad, but what motivation do we give to those who struggle?

Those who are trying their best, but due to learning or other socioeconomic hurdles, cannot perform to their optimum best.

Failure is rarely seen as a stepping stone to success. Instead it is frowned upon. Do we ever stop to consider that not all of us will don a university gown and stand proudly with our parents.

Some of us, like most of us, will move along steadily. Sometimes the accolade will come in the form of a boss’s recognition of the effort you put into your work with a simple “well done”.

Have we ever considered the enormous pressure we put on ourselves because failure is never an option. Life has to be “cyber-world” perfect where nothing is seldom ever wrong - a perfect collage of happiness.

This pressure we exert over our children - pushing them in directions that would make sitting around the table discussing their successes rather than their weaknesses more comfortable.

While successful academic achievement must never be frowned upon, the same must be said for those who find it more challenging than most. We favour or disadvantage pupils because of our own individual experiences within our diverse identities.

We are taught to value one group over another. Just so now and then sit back and take notice of the underachiever. Take time to assist. You will have taught that child they matter and are worth more than an assessment, and then, just maybe, we will begin to discover that learning and achieving­ does not just involve books - it is a culmination of different techniques that need to be unwrapped according to its packaging.

Brenda Jordan Woodlands

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