14 Sep 2018

HOW TO BUILD A BETTER EDUCATION SYSTEM FOR NATIONAL GROWTH

A good education systems are made up of a range of elements, including those that guide development (political and civic leaders); analyze data about progress (information analysis); deliver knowledge and sustenance (school administrators, teachers, books, and curricular materials); constantly seek ways to improve (innovations); ensure everyone is served (inclusion and equity); and keep it nourished (with financing and other resources). Learning improves when countries commit to building education systems over the long term because a strong education system in a country can produce good results either in higher or lower income countries with weaker education systems or stronger education system.

The future is already here, innovative educational practice, and high-tech is key to designing an educational approach of huge sophistication that creates a new future for millions.

Each country have to create and implement a comprehensive education system that reaches all its citizens and which will endure for generations to come, that is the more reason why those of us who work every day on global education have to focus on the importance of the system and if education in much of the world fails to keep up with the changing demand for skills, if it remains behind 21st century standards, then there will be a major shortage of skilled educators in both developing and developed countries which will affect growing economies thereby encouraging large surpluses of graduates with poor performance skills.

The leading domestic issue of our time is economic opportunity and a key to reinvigorating the nation’s economy is providing quality education and training opportunities especially for the young ones who are neither in school nor working. Education affects economic opportunity as a nation, which lacked a rigorous exchange of ideas on how to strengthen a country by ensuring equal opportunity for all. The strength of any education system depends not only on how well a country executes each of these attributes individually but on the extent to which it manages how they pay very close attention to equity and fairness.

Recommendations for a better systemic government

  1. There is need to focus on training, supporting and recruiting teachers.

High-quality teachers help students succeed, they must reform in order to recruit, train, and support such teachers, share best practices such as recruiting people with strong leadership skills and connections to the community that have sources of diverse talents. Students should feel connected to classmates and teachers to obtain success and are much more likely to persevere. There are countless examples of school students who skip classes, but come every day for the one class in which they feel the teacher cares about them and teachers who takes the time out to get to know students can communicate with them even in times of distress and end up teaching valuable lessons in self-respect and persistence.

Lack of necessary connection is hideous in the fact that schools across countries have resorted to paying teachers for good attendance and good grades. If teachers know that their students are capable of achieving far above and beyond the learning objectives, students will not only learn the skills, but will also develop motivation to learn and will begin to expect more from themselves. Although, some students are not worth time, money and effort but this long-held belief should not allow teachers and administrators the choice to give up on students because they had learning differences, physical difficulties, racial or ethnic differences, or simply were tough ones who did not learn in school systems. They have to believe they can all succeed, find a way to help each and every child to learn, even if it means looking outside of the textbooks, even if it means bending over backward to get their attention.

  1. Provide high-quality education and comprehensive support services.

For the future, there is need to developed effective programs to reconnect youth opportunity – who have been disconnected from their communities, first-generation students to post-secondary education to training and so forth. These strategies would involve engaging youth in a career and culture that supports service and work experiences, case management, and counseling and/or mentoring, students will thrive when they have some choices about their work and when they feel some control over their learning. Most teachers lecture, assign work, and label student work as acceptable or unacceptable, teachers will need to get a very different level of effort and success from their students and teachers who ask questions, encourage research and discussion, prefer students to create their own original project ideas, require the students to identify their own strengths & weaknesses, and will accept nothing less than the student’s best work no matter how long it takes.

Public schools need to be looked into and provided a curriculum, allowing students some choice and control in deciding how to demonstrate their learning while encouraging an awareness of their own thinking processes which would develop self-discipline and motivation. Brilliance and a greater success achievement is shown when people learn to work together with others because collaborative learning environments encourage students to listen to others, to think for themselves and to explain their thinking processes. And once they leave school, it will be much more important that students work collaboratively now more than ever they need to be working together as a team to help all students. Rewards should be reserved for use when they are needed – to motivate people to do things they don’t enjoy and learning associated with grades becomes learning for the grade, not for the knowledge. There are many students who graduate schools with honors but cannot remember the content they learned once the test is completed or access their learning in practical applications on a job.

If a skill keeps being overlooked by the education system, there won’t be any innovation or flow of ideas coming from educational individuals and nothing will evolve.

 

 

Article by Blessing Bassey

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