The Factory Education System

Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is the definition of insanity – Albert Einstein.

 This is the problem with education in most nations especially in my beloved Nigeria.

The education system we operate now started in the early 1900s and was designed to fit the after school culture of the time where everyone worked in offices and factories. This system was designed to teach them how to be efficient and yes, it was efficient.

But…

Today, the world requires a different kind of education system to prepare graduates for after school. After school is no longer limited to just work at offices and factories anymore. Now we have more Entertainers, Artistes, Fashion designers, digital media strategist, online entrepreneurs, tech geeks, etc than those working in the formal sector. The school system didn’t prepare itself for these set of individuals.

The system for training has become obsolete but we have turned a blind eye. It’s almost as though we are afraid of change – the change we all be clamoring for every time something doesn’t go according to plan.

Its easy to see problems, you don’t need to be a smart to spot them. The real question is how do we solve them? How do we ensure that the current and future generation gets the adequate 21st century education?

We only need to look into the lifestyle of the target individuals today to spot how to tailor our schools to get the best out of them.

SOCIAL MEDIA

What social media has shown us is that people crave a sense of belonging – they want others to hear them and acknowledge their opinions. This is contrary to what the school system today is. Today we expect all students to know the “correct answer” or shut up. We are preventing them from expressing themselves like they do online.

COLLABORATION

Playing puzzles together, team games, etc. The younger generation crave these things and interestingly the work place demands teamwork as a work tool, yet somehow the school system frowns against teamwork. The factory education system encourages individual performance, but the 21st century education and workplace demands collaboration. If this is the case, then we must start to teach and encourage collaboration with kids early enough.

Now you know what I am talking about, the list is endless. It is long overdue for our schools to update the curriculum and teaching style. It’s the only way we can guarantee efficiency from the “Leaders of Tomorrow”.

You do not put new wine in old skin.

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Why Secondary Schools Need Career Teachers

I recently caught up with one of my secondary school teachers at an event. In between our conversation she said “the school hasn’t changed since you left”. I was shocked! Hasn’t changed?! Then I assumed she meant the standard hasn’t changed till we got deeper into the talk.

It’s sad that more than 10 years later a secondary school remains the same – by any yardstick whatsoever. What ever happened to improvement, development, innovation, etc and all those big words we throw around as intelligent people? Continue reading “Why Secondary Schools Need Career Teachers”

For The Generation Z

A while back, I visited the secondary school where I served during my NYSC at Ogun state. The students were excited to see me; we had only been keeping in touch via Facebook. In the middle of our conversation, one of them referred to another student as “Prof”. The classmate in question did not like the nickname because it meant she was too serious with books and less social or fun (I imagine). Interestingly, one of the students present then referred to her own self as “Prof” too!

I was happy! Why? someone was willing to embrace that title, this lady saw the name as something cool, surely there is hope for the future – for Generation Z/iGeneration/Centennials (whichever one you call them).

Therefore, when one mentioned to me the idea of becoming an astronaut but getting parental resistance – while I was sad, somewhere within I saw a generation that is ready to compete, compete globally and that is the biggest hope I have today, a hope that we can compete favorably, globally.

To this generation I pledge to support, until they achieve their dream, put Nigeria on the global map as we ignore reality and chase dreams.

So I will leave you with one image consisting three quotes because sometimes…

Less Is More

 

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What Drives You?

What drives you?

What makes you tick?

What motivates you?

What brings out the best ideas in you?

What brings out the most ideas in you?

What has an emotional attachment to your being?

Emotional attachment – passion, drive, enthusiasm, happiness, unrest.

When you find this one thing, channel your all towards it.

Laser focus till you pierce through,

Be blind to the distractions – beautiful or not.

The last sentence is the most difficult to attain,but there is really no formula to easily overcoming them.

Let the light at the end of the tunnel draw you closer.

Or the darkness you are running from drive you further.

Achieve your goal or die trying.

A life of failed attempts is more fulfilling than a life of “what ifs”.

 

What drives me? The quest for quality education available to all in Nigeria.

Find yours, find purpose.

What drives you?

 

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

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”

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.

Continue reading “Prepare Kids For Life (The Finnish Model)”