Education does not always equate to intelligence

2018-06-14 06:02

WHEN Britain abandoned the Outward Bound Education system as deficient, Naledi Pandor, our Minister of Education adapted this defunct system. In accordance with this system, pupils were automatically promoted annually.

Exams, considered too stressful, were not written. The educational programme comprised themes. Pupils were seated in groups around tables, with a few with their backs to the board, requiring them to crane their necks to view the board.

Usually one enterprising pupil undertook all the work, but everyone in the group was allocated the same mark or grade.

This system also prevailed at tertiary level. Grade 1 pupils were issued with a unlined jotter, a Busy Book, in which they were required to inscribe numbers and figures.

How many adults can write in a straight line across an unlined page? This system, proved inadequate, no longer prevails.

Currently, four-year-old children are obliged to attend kindergarten in order to be accepted into a preschool and later into a primary school.

It is common practice for teachers to summon parents, informing them that their child is not holding the pen correctly and practice is required at home. How can a child, lacking the muscular strength, grasp a pencil correctly? Muscles and bones develop as the child matures.

It is unnecessary for parents to force toilet training and early walking for their offspring as eventually everyone matures.

The milestone of early talking and walking, etc. are inherited. Acquiring this ability at an early age is not an indication of intelligence.

Nelson Mandela emphasised the necessity of acquiring an education to uplift the nation.

A pious Catholic friend who was desperate to discipline her child’s uncontrolled and antisocial behaviour, was consoled by a priest: “We always return to our roots.”

Now her daughter, an active church member and mother of three children, is raising her disciplined offspring in the manner she was reared.

A deputy president who rented a luxurious mansion in Southbroom, incurred more than R500 000 damages, despite his tertiary education. Both Robert Magabe of Zimbabwe and Idi Amin of Uganda were Oxford graduates.

Amin purchased a gold bed when he became president. Magabe was responsible for the rapid economic decline of Zimbabwe, where the masses suffer abject poverty.


Dr L.J. Peltz

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