The Quality of Education: Who's to blame?
I had practiced the teaching profession and until now, that passion is still running through my veins. If and only I am a rich lady, I will never leave the profession I love the most. Yes, I am guilty of abandoning my mission in life and guilty of turning my back to the vows I made to mold the minds of the youths. Someday, I know leaving the profession would be one of my biggest regrets.
If people get sad every now and then when they hear the quality of education in our country gets worst day after day, imagine how the heart of a teacher feels.
The success and failure of the quality of education in our country is not just a product of one factor but a combination of different denominators that should be working together hand in hand. One factor always receives the blame because people fail to open their eyes to the reality that they themselves failed to do their part.
By different denominators I mean: government, schools, teachers, parents and students. Let me point out the shortcomings so we should all be vigilant not only in watching their mistakes but to watch ourselves as well.
The Government: If the government is a human being, I can visualize him. He’s not perfect, prone to mistakes and his body full of bruises. Bruises from all the foul words and blames due to his inability and failure to provide the children with complete descent class rooms, books and teachers. We’re aware of that fact decades ago but are we aware enough to see what it had done? Classrooms were built on public schools, books delivered for a new school year but which didn’t suffice because of the fact that a new looming set of generation were also added to the school’s population.
Schools: Schools fail to do their part when the authorities involve never reach out to the people around. How can they motivate their teachers to work hard if they were left pulling all the resources they have (personal resources) and in the end rewarding them with late pay checks (which is a common scenario in private schools). Mismanagement of resources would lead to the failure of the whole institution.
Teachers: If there are dedicated teachers, sad to say there are those who perform the duty to teach to earn a living. It’s not a high paying job but at least it will save you from starving yourself. There are sacrifices to be made and if they don’t take the profession by heart, they should quit at once before they end up like those who made their student’s copy 10 pages of lectures while they are busy reading newspapers, send students in the garden to pick out the grass, collect money for a project which the students never saw. One reason they act like that was the school’s/government’s failure to reach out to them and for their needs. To our dear teachers, you’re working on the precious mind of the youth, why do you let them suffer just because of your selfishness? If you’re not happy with what you’re doing and with whom you’re working with, QUIT. You have the reason to complain if you perform your duty well.
Parents: Other parents thought once they bought their children’s school supplies and paid their tuition fees, their work is done. I as a teacher find it difficult to deal with parents who are more stubborn than their children. No matter how you talk to them and remind them to always watch their children’s studies and failing grades, they will always pass the blame to the teachers. I often talk to students before. Their usual reason why they don’t want to pay attention to their studies is to get the attention of their parents who are so busy making a living but fails to make a life for their children. So parents think twice. Teachers aren’t perfect and so are you.
Students: Cutting classes, assignments left undone and books unopened. I always hear students complaining about their teacher because they thought she’s not an authority to what she teaches. They got bored because their teacher was using the old version of transmitting knowledge and the result, they don’t attend their subjects anymore. What a pity to those who never gave their teachers a second chance. They might be boring today, but tomorrow is a new day. How could they do their task if the students were not there for them to work at?
They waste their time on video games, night life and other boisterous activities and afterwards will blame their teachers for their failing grades. Nice job kid. You have a long way to go.
Now who’s to blame? Instead of pointing our fingers to somebody, let’s start the change and encourage others to follow.
"An educational system isn't worth a great deal if it teaches young people how to make a living but doesn't teach them how to make a life." - Author Unknown
"Praise or blame has but a momentary effect on the man whose love of beauty in the abstract makes him a severe critic on his own works." - John Keats
About the Blogger:
Hello everyone, I'm Sey from 14th Street. I blog about my boring life, my adventures, mistakes and the lessons I learned. I want to travel and if will be given the chance, I will visit the historical places in the world. I am a teacher by profession but currently working as a sales consultant for an IT company which specializes in data recovery, software development, wed design and consulting. How did a teacher became a consultant was such a long and different story.
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