Educere Education

Education Should Be FREE… & FUN!

Letter to every developing country,

Any country that is serious about national development must first invest (deliberately) in its education system. Why? Human output is a reflection of its consumption overtime. In other words; Garbage In, Garbage Out.

Why Should Education Be Free?

Before I address the above, I am asking why is education not already free.

  1. The government does not see education as a form of investment. (at least the majority of them do not)
  2. Politics is an obstacle to almost everything positive.
  3. Corruption, the godfather of the developing world as always render plans futile.

Why should education be free;

  1. The government owe its citizens that responsibility.
  2. It’s a way to reduce illiteracy level.
  3. It’s a way to encourage learning especially for those who want to but can’t afford it.

It’s not Fun? It’s not School

If you have ever seen the series titled “Billions”, you will be familiar with this conversation.

Children: Hello Dad! (hugs)

Dad: How was school today?

Children: (Chorus answer) Boring.

Dad: Great!

Great? Really!

The first time I heard this, I was shocked but I only reflected on it a week later and I got it! School = Boring

Parents see school as some ritual for their kids, kids see school as some compulsory but insignificant hell hole they must go through in life. This sort of mindset already builds a wall against absorption of knowledge before the students approach its gates.

In the end most people simply pass through school while others bold/rebellious enough drop out (only 0.02% grow up to be Steve Jobs). Without knowledge, you cannot achieve meaningful strides. Knowledge comes by learning, learning through education.

A university graduate once said on Facebook; ” Government should simply print more money to curb the ongoing recession “. I am yet to recover from that shock.

Education will be fun if…

  1. We make it about learning and less about competing.
  2. We have more practical classes than theory.
  3. We infuse the use of technological advancements to our teaching tools.
  4. We encourage effort and not just celebrate success (especially at primary and secondary level)

To do something same way and expect a different result they say is a definition of insanity

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TAMING TIMING

 

To achieve more, you need to do more.

To do more, you need more time. Nah, scratch that!

To do more, you don’t need more time, actually you can’t even get more time from anywhere, I mean how do you intend to make your day longer than 24 hours?

The proposed best way to get things done fast is to multitask, unfortunately myself and Forbes agree that multitasking is not very productive Continue reading “TAMING TIMING”

Entrepreneurial Education

wisDOm

But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. – James 1:22

I know what you are thinking… not to worry; here is one from someone not sooo distant in history.

Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen… yourself, right now, right down here on Earth. – Bradley Whitford

Well done is better than well said. – Benjamin Franklin

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When You Have Nothing to do

WhatsApp conversation between a girl and a guy…

Girl: heyy, wassup.

Guy: I am fine, been a while. How are you?

Girl: I am ok, I am just bored, nothing to do. Thot to chat you up so you could keep me occupied *big smile*

Guy: Too bad, I am not idle at the moment. Maybe I will chat you up if I ever have nothing to do. Talk later, byeee.

It is always funny to me when young adults complain of being idle or having nothing to do. I wonder how you have so much spare time on your hands. You do not need to be a workaholic to figure out that 24 hrs is really not enough time in a day. Continue reading “When You Have Nothing to do”

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Oversabi

I hope this ends up interesting and enlightening for someone. If you are a Nigerian reading this, chances are you are not unfamiliar with the word ‘oversabi’, you probably have an idea what this article is going to be addressing. I hope for reading sake that you are wrong just so you can get to the end.

There is no one definite description of a person tagged oversabi, so I will try my best to do justice to the word by listing a few characteristics;

  • A person who likes to be involved with everything.
  • A person who seems to have an opinion on every matter.
  • Always getting involved even when not called upon.
  • Probably the last to leave the office/library.
  • The kind of person that makes you ask “Na your papa get the company?” Continue reading “Oversabi”
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Prepare Kids For Life (The Finnish Model)

“This is what we do every day,” says Kirkkojarvi Comprehensive School Principal Kari Louhivuori, “prepare kids for life.”

It was the end of term at Kirkkojarvi Comprehensive School in Espoo, a sprawling suburb west of Helsinki, when Kari Louhivuori, a veteran teacher and the school’s principal, decided to try something extreme—by Finnish standards. One of his sixth-grade students, a Kosovo-Albanian boy, had drifted far off the learning grid, resisting his teacher’s best efforts. The school’s team of special educators—including a social worker, a nurse and a psychologist—convinced Louhivuori that laziness was not to blame. So he decided to hold the boy back a year, a measure so rare in Finland it’s practically obsolete.

Finland has vastly improved in reading, math and science literacy over the past decade in large part because its teachers are trusted to do whatever it takes to turn young lives around. This 13-year-old, Besart Kabashi, received something akin to royal tutoring.

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Caution To The Wind…Complete Freedom

Mr Afolabi asks the lively and upbeat class a tricky question, “What is the difference between economic growth and development?” Suddenly the class becomes a football stadium observing one minute long silence, no one wants to speak not because they don’t know the answer (ok, most do not actually know) but because they afraid to get it wrong. Mr Afolabi then points to you sitting somewhere at the back of the class, you stand up and make up something reasonable but off point instead of staying numb. The teacher looks you in the eye and says Your brain is flooded with ignorance. (Nawa o!…I only got the answer wrong you say to yourself.) Continue reading “Caution To The Wind…Complete Freedom”