Sunday, May 12, 2013

Can the University Toppers think clearly?

A short probe on the education systems prevailing today in the universities. Finley Peter Dunne, an American humorist, once wrote, “You can lade a man up to the university, but ye can’t make him think.” Habits will not change in a university. You can’t blame the teachers. The learning responsibility probably lies with the student. Teachers do not have the power, nowadays, to convince or persuade or make sure that the students absorb. They only share information, knowledge and skills and think that their job is over. The teachers come in various moulds… perhaps as friends, colleagues, family members. Did you like your teachers at school or university? Usually, math teachers are breezy and authoritative and they scowl when asked to stop and explain a theorem or problem. Students finally stop asking questions, purely out of avoiding embarrassment. This has an impact on their understanding and eventual learning. So much so that students stop liking mathematics as a subject. The big question is, “Is it the teaching or your learning?” The purpose of a teacher is to help the students, encourage them to build themselves up to what they think they can become. The teachers can help them to add to their knowledge, attitude and skills. Yet, the teachers today are unable to teach anything, for that matter. Let us look at the students now. They will be able to think clearly about their subjects if they come out of the shackles of their electronic gadgets. They are always glancing at their phones, looking for texts or texting away blindly. They lose valuable time in the university practicing mediocrity with inane banal pursuits. Forty years ago, the standard of a tenth grade teacher surpassed even that of a freshman year college professor today. The teachers themselves do not understand the meaning of study habits or discipline. There is more to learning than academics. In any system of education or teaching, the students will be able to think clearly if both the teachers and themselves develop a passion for what they are about to study. Read more:

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