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71.We need to ask ourselves if schools are positively helpful or just a waste of time to many children these days.
72.Should tutors not be remunerated through a payment by results system?
73.Should schools’ terminal examinations be set and marked internally?
74.Do tutors ever bother to arouse and keep up curiosity of students in their subjects? Tutors / Schools should be facilitators of learning helping students to be creative and to grow socially, emotionally, intellectually physically, morally, and spiritually – Unfortunately, these days, the facilitators are musicians and perhaps churches to some extent but not schools and tutors.
75.A well-mapped out curriculum is no guarantee that learning takes place. For that to happen teachers who are reasonably competent to motivate students are needed. Incompetent tutors can destroy any teaching program however well-prepared.
76.Considering limited school time how many schools actually set out to get the most out of every minute of the teaching day?A teacher’s work is that of a guided discovery to enable children make discoveries they would not have encountered on their own.
77.Do teachers and schools go all-out to recognize the 3 intelligence types in their students? These are:
a) Natural intelligence based on genes
b) Intelligence based on socialization and type of home environment.
c) Intelligence shown through continuous assessment and terminal tests in schools.
If so what do they actually do to help students classified within a and c since those in b are generally regarded as the business of government and parents? Here we see again that the job of schools and tutors is to find ways to help children who might not find learning that easy.
78.Why do we love using useless maxims and bogus terminologies such as “purpose–built”, “cognitive”,” adaptive” ,”psycho-motor” etc. to mask what students should have experienced when in fact most of them do not? And we know it is because of limited imagination by schools and tutor. Or don’t we? Why don’t we just get up to do the work which is to make students learn how to teach themselves and keep up thinking in a progressive direction? Some tutors talk too much without allowing for participation by their students. In some cases classroom control by tutors is very weak. Even some teachers (depending on the type of schools they work in) usually assume that a certain % of students will fail. The results from such assumptions are faulty unrealistic lesson plans. In fact lesson planning (lesson notes) taking care of individual problems are non-existent in many cases. And while in classrooms tutors must always focus or spend some time on subject concepts and principles.
79.Schools must also aim at “tough love” for students. Discipline must be enforced where necessary by caning and more authority need to be delegated down the line. To do this effectively we need small schools not “Mega” schools. Pupils will be well known. “Small” is not necessarily beautiful in all respects but “Anonymous” is certainly unhelpful in an educational context! Many children in government mega schools may best be described as “Master and Miss Anonymous”.
80.Education is different from schooling and from instruction. But our national education policy’s focus is on schooling and instruction mainly.
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