HELP! TEACHERS CRY OUT

In the nearest future, the entire world systems would become self-help platforms – at that time, traditional school teachers would either upgrade to becoming online tutors or be relegated.
– Segun Alonge

In a recent National broadcast, the honourable minister of education asserted that more private universities need to spring up to cater for the teaming population of youths aspiring to acquire tertiary education. To the honourable minister, the number of schools are just too minute compared to the recent national population.

My question is, ‘should the emphasis be on quantity or quality? I leave that topic for another time.

I foresee the teaching profession being on the verge of extinction. Not that there would be no teachers anymore, but teachers would not be needed as much as they are today, hence, so many employed teachers would be out of jobs. Everyone would become teachers themselves, leveraging on the new school called INTERNET.

Most trainings are fast becoming self-help. All you would require is one or two applications and the job is done or the training is taken.

I foresee a time when e-books would be so much widely accepted globally that everyone would be able to download and read on the go with little to no financial investments.

Today, there are countless number of students who have dropped out of school – not because they are dull – but because they find it boring and drudgery at the same time. The schools have become like cages, locking in the interest human ingenuity for years – after which the attendees are released into the outside world with a stereotyped mindset. They are educated into becoming employees – hence, their natural inclination after school is the ultimate search for jobs. Most end up putting up with a job they are not in love with. Guess which job takes in the majority? The teaching profession. Little wonder why the standards of education are falling on a daily basis.

Most of our institutions of learning are filled with graduates who have been on job search for years to no avail and later settled with being a teacher.

With a vast majority of parents in the developed world now withdrawing their kids from traditional schools to be home schooled, teachers in these institutions would have to find something else to do or upgrade themselves into becoming online teachers. Another alternative to these dual suggestions would be to migrate to developing or under-developed countries where Internet connectivity is not easily accessible – and this will not last forever as well.

I foresee a time when the traditional schools would exclusively be a place where kids who lack self-discipline are sent for the incorporation of that virtue. Countless number of people have proven to be true, the potency of self-development (by ‘self’, I mean do-it-yourself). Learning resources are easily accessible and affordable in this time and age. Anyone can put together resources to acquire knowledge on any desired field and proceed into sitting for a professional examination to get certified (based on individual’s choice).

The teaching profession being a secured job is fast becoming a mirage. Even government workers are now being laid off and more of this occurrence would still play out in the nearest future.

The world has become a global village. The Internet being the market place – with buyers (students) and sellers (teachers) being resource persons. And the school is synonymous to the market place.

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EVER QUESTIONED THE IDEA OF SCHOOLING?

A vast number of institutions today, I would say, either needs to be improved, re-invented or jettisoned altogether.
Segun Alonge

Many grew up into embracing the idea of schooling to ensure a fulfilled life. An average child is dumped into the school system as early as age 2 and she’s left in its hands. Schools have thus become a status quo.

While other institutions are being questioned by many individuals, schools seem to have become the sacred cow. Little to nothing is often said about its origination and the intention behind it.

The invention of school was partly attributed to a man named Harry P. School. School built the first ‘school’, but that was actually the place to take children and leave them there if they are behaving badly. So, basically, the school was a place for punishing children.

As a mere tale; this might sound – but an in depth understanding of how it all began in my beloved Nigeria, would pose more authenticity to the probable fairy tale.

Oral traditions as well as studied documented materials reveal that parents were reluctant to releasing their children for ‘western education’. The weak ones (those who could not work on the farms) were most times the victims of schooling – although the paradigm shifted with time.

One very important thing to note then as well was that majority of our parents were not schooled based on the standards of formal education. I’m very conscious of using the rather derogatory word ‘illiterate’ – since it’s a relative word. If education would be synonymous to gaining insights and having the wisdom to apply it, then our early fathers cannot be said to be illiterate. They could communicate with one another, do business, lead, secure their environment as well as contribute to the growth of their communities.

Along the line, the story changed. The schooled children grew into adulthood, got married and started up a new family – hence, children began to have ‘literate’ parents – which infer that they could decide to tutor their children. But the reality was that the same process was still enthroned years after – even up till now. Most parents still play little to no role in the education of their children – forgetting that they ought to be their primary tutors.

The importation of western education into Nigeria is not altogether a bad idea – but the truth be told – it was partly to harvest a vast majority of workforce from among us by the colonial masters. They used us as tools for their own national development and we gladly played along with the meagre enticements presented as incentives at the expense of developing Africa.

I submit that traditional schooling – as much as it might have aided the industrial age – of which Nigeria is classed as not being a participant (hence, still a third world country), need to be reviewed. The institution is busy educating our best minds out of creativity. Everything is standardized; with little to no provision for trying out something new. A child is afraid of failing or better still taught that failing is a taboo, hence, she strictly abides by the rules. We are daily burying potentials. Africa can breakout of this malady.

Not participating in a traditional school is not synonymous to illiteracy in this time and age. The Internet is the new school – let’s embrace it!