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”

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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)”

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”