Apparently, we have been ‘educating’ each generation to fit into the ‘status quo’ and not necessarily to ‘deal with existing and emerging problems!’ let alone create an amazing future!
We can readily cite laziness, lack of creativity, greed and corruption or disregard for laws/regulations, etc., as the causes of our woes, but the greatest cause (and indeed, the root cause) is the prevailing formal education (call it ‘partial education ’); it is such that, even when we are able to put in place (i) good and adequate infrastructure across the country, (ii) adequate supply of the selected teaching/learning materials/resources, (iii) adequate remuneration for teachers/educators and supervisors, and (iv) effective supervision at all the levels (and we must) such a system would still not be able to yield the calibre of manpower that will be able to solve our developmental problems to any considerable extent. It is important to additionally overhaul the curriculum, and the teaching/learning methods; with the objective of harnessing the other almost 80 percent genius that usually remain untapped.
Education is a noun for the process of ‘educing.’ In its truest sense, the term ‘education’ has been derived from a couple of Latin words which basically mean: to nourish, to train or mould, and more deeply: ‘to lead out’, ‘to draw out’ or ‘to bring out‘ (as in bringing out something that is within).
Generally, every person has immense inborn potential; a genius within. Now, it is the process of ‘education ’ that will develop, ‘draw out,’ or ‘bring out ’ the genius within, and make the person extremely effective/productive (or truly great) as implied by the Latin words from which the term ‘education’ was derived. Ordinarily, this kind of education is beyond the scope of the formal education system; because largely, the traditional education curriculum has been designed to supply specific manpower to industry, and not necessarily ‘to bring out the genius that is within people.’ Nobel laureate Prof. Sir, William Arthur Lewis, for instance, has argued that, “What goes on inside the schools are not always education, and the result may well be to reduce productive capacity rather than to increase it,” and he is right; “Education and schooling are not the same thing!” Indeed, a study carried out by Harvard University revealed that, the formal education system is able to harness/contribute just 22 percent of people’s true effectiveness and greatness in life. Studies done by other institutions like the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching yielded similar results. There is every reason to suspect that this percentage contribution is much lower in Ghana (and Africa). And what has that yielded; after almost 60 years of independence?
Massive unemployment and underemployment, our ‘Debt-to-GDP’ ratio is very alarming and yet we still have huge infrastructure deficit, we have very little share in the abundant natural resources, the economy is heavily import-driven and consequently depreciating the local currency, price inflation is so huge, our environment is getting degraded the more, filth is all over, etc; even though we have a lot of people who have been to school extensively; some with PhDs, Masters Degrees, and other very good credentials, and are in charge at various levels. Besides, we are a highly religious people; we worship God a lot, and we pray a lot.
What is the sure way of solving the problem?
Thankfully, the problem is not as difficult to solve as it seems, and adequate research and development has already been undertaken to bring out the sure remedy; you may click here to see.
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