A great majority of the students I talk to mention how their classrooms echo with their teachers’ shouting and instilling fear in them rather than a love of learning. Schools, for decades now, have been void of any challenge, creativity, warmth, empathy and individuality shattering into pieces the great Multiple Intelligence theory created by the acclaimed Howard Gardner. What’s scary is that schools usually shape their societies after them and we definitely do not need nor want societies that are illiterate, empty, uncreative and passive acceptors of any substandard ideologies and ways of life.
This is an article that is well worth reading and understanding. There has been a huge hub-hub in the Arab world when asked to modernise the school system, invariably the Islamists and others labeled these steps as “America attacking our religion and culture” sort of thing, rather than “ok, let’s have a look at our education system and try to produce more educated and open-minded leaders of the future”.
If these people need proof that our schooling system doesn’t work and never has so far, look around you in any Arab (or Islamic) country and see what the schools are producing.
Oh, the “three R’s?” Read – Remember – Regurgitate! That’s the tenet of the education system we currently have in the Arab and Islamic world at the moment.