Our education should be about how to think

2016-03-03 06:00

It appears that our pupils who excel at academic level, nevertheless struggle to solve life problems posed by real life situations.

This observation is brought to true life as they enter tertiary institutions where real life problems are no longer a theory.

Perhaps this needs us to scrutinize and find the distinction between teachers and educators as well as the roles they perform.

It’s possible that everyone can teach, but not everyone can educate. Having students that know the subject but fail to apply it in real life situations is not something to be proud of. Lack of skills to relate to general fields of study or life problems could be the main cause of the high suicide rate among our students.

A student comes from township and suddenly finds himself smack-bang in the midle of a multi-racial-cultural environment, may find the situation intimidating, to say the least; couple this with the ever attendant challenges posed by tertiary life.

The basis of this can be traced from the type of teachers that we have at our schools, people who teach syllabus related subjects [syllabus teachers] which are far-fetched from the reality of their world.

Take Life Orientation subject as an example. It should command more respect than mathematics, but has been relegated to a lesson on sex related issues. We need to be critical about such issues. The education that we have should teach us how to think rather than what to think as Socrates once said.

Senzo Digala UWC

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