BY AMARA SESAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2021, 7:24 PM
Everybody has one beautiful quote or the other about the importance of education either to an individual or a nation or a continent or the world at large.
And it is easy to see why the more the merrier is not only true for education, but insufficient to capture the full depth of the importance of an inclusive education.
If the bullets of the poor and uneducated is blind to class, if the viruses within them are blind to class, if their votes are blind to class then there is every reason to believe that, with sincerity, education is also blind to class.
If we can "force" cooperation from all in the face of a Global Pandemic, climate change or any other existential challenges, then it's pure hypocrisy when we say we are incapable of forcing stakeholders to push harder and harder for inclusive education.
What is missing, and I will say without mincing words, is sincerity on the part of policy makers.
As hard as they may try to feign busyness and awareness of the dangers that hovers us, things as simple as who they bring to the design table betray their lack of understanding of the problem in most cases.
If the curriculum is a set of papers waiting to accumulate dust in the absence of teachers, then it is common sense to give teachers their place of pride on the Curriculum Design Table. If whatever teachers teach becomes mere music to the elements in the absence of students, then it behooves us to put the student at the center of that design.
Until we start seeing a lot of these, we will continue to wallow in insincerity and pseudo-curriculums that do not cater for the needs, core skills and values of the learners nor will they help society when they are in dire need of education to conquer their collective monsters.
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Name of Series: From Hieroglyphics to Microchips: A Century of Short Reflections on Education and Technology
First published on my blog: www.thinkernet.substack.com
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