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Educational TipsIMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION

EDUCATION! A word that animates my face whenever I hear it. According to Google, education is the process of facilitating learning, or the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, beliefs and habits. Well, to me, education is the learning about new ideas, places and the world itself.

There is a great difference between being literate and being educated; the ability to read and write is being literate while being educated is to be able to reason, to use your ability to read and write to your advantage.

We ask ourselves sometimes, why is education important, education is very important in our day-to-day activities, I strongly believe that by the time you are through with this article, you would be able to see the importance of education.

First and foremost, being educated makes a person happy. An educated person has little or no job insecurity, no inferiority complex as he/she would be able to defend his/her word anywhere and anytime due to his well organized understanding of the world. Truly, education is not the key to happiness, but it is definitely the key to a lot of other things which come together to make you happy.

Also, being educated gives the will to keep trying till you succeed. An uneducated person may have better intellectual and labour capacity, but there will be the lack of understanding of multiple ways to achieve their goals which is an obstacle.

Being educated also leads to economic growth of the nation. When the people of a nation are EDUCATED and not LITERATE, they would definitely carve ways to be self sufficient. When the people in a society are economically independent, it will serve as a stepping stone to combined productivity that leads to the economic growth of the nation as a whole. Countries like Russia, Canada, Japan, Israel and the United states have been ranked the 5 most educated countries in the world because of the percentage of people who went to school up to the tertiary level but the question is: are they really educated?

An educated person would be able to keep up with evolution. You can only keep up with evolution if you are aware of them. When I say evolution, I mean things like Whatsapp. Imagine what the world would be like without Whatsapp, Facebook, Nimbuzz, Skype, etc, since all these are made to simplify life.

Education makes one logical. An uneducated person would see evolution as an evil machinery. Remember, being educated does not mean you can’t read or write, it means you can’t apply your literacy in your day-to-day life. I was talking to a woman in my area and she was telling me that online shops like Jumia, Konga, etc are the devil’s machinery. Just think, does this mean this person can’t read or write, of course not, she can read and write but it just means she is uneducated. I had to take time to let her know that online shops makes shopping easier for a busy person and also the other benefits attached to it even though it has its own disadvantages like fraud, but only an uneducated person, mind you, I don’t mean an illiterate but an uneducated person that would be defrauded.

There are other benefits attached to education, but I would like to drop my pen here.

Be Educated!!!

A dream is in your head; a goal is putting into writing i.e. in a book. A dream gets you fantasizing; a goal gets you taking action. A dream makes you relaxed; a goal makes you strive.

A New Perspective on Teaching and Learning

A New Perspective on Teaching and LearningHello Friends,

One of the best pieces of advice that I have heard as a teacher was “to be careful not to teach like you were taught.” That was easier said than done. After all, it worked for me and others. However, the time has come to recognize that the teacher is not the only source of information in the classroom. Students learn more than content in the classroom. The teachers also teach more than content. The teacher and the students’ personalities, values and belief systems affect the teaching and learning process. The environment including the advancement and accessibility of technology also play a role in the process.

I recalled as a French teacher in a particular setting, many students preferred Google Translation on their cellular device over the hard copy bilingual dictionary. I would have preferred that they used the dictionary. Why? I am one that values holistic learning. The dictionary is a rich valuable resource; it offers so much more than a translation- and in this case Google translation is sometimes out of context. I realize that it takes more time to look up a word in a dictionary/thesaurus versus Google Translation. My students seemed to value the instantaneous gratification that this platform offers. How do we reconcile the two- my desire for delayed holistic learning and technology endearment and sensible captivation? Well, there is the online dictionary.

The time has come to realize that as teachers we are competing with so many things that are vying for our students’ attention, which inextricably affects their perspective on education and learning. It’s ironic though that in another setting, some students actually used the dictionary in “secret”; they apologized for using it when I took notice. In their justification, I can identify a certain sense of self-imposed expectation that they should have known how to use the particular word. Thus, there were some fear and love surrounding that expectation. Which is greater between the two emotions? As teachers, one of our greatest tasks is to strike a balance between love and fear as it pertains to teaching and learning. Let’s have a discussion. How do you stay aware of what is going on in your classroom underneath the content input/output, pedagogical activities, behaviors, etc. The details are important. I used to journal. What does conscious teaching mean to you? How do you separate the philosophical and practical aspects of teaching? Can they be separated?

Honesty and Truth A Message to Teachers

Message to TeachersReality lies in the fact that one can acquire peace and contentment only when he is into that which pleases him and makes him a better person in addition to making his life worth-living.

I believe, real people are those who roll honestly no matter what grounds they fall on. Honesty undoubtedly is the best policy and not all have the power to be honest in everything that they do. We can not force anyone to be honest neither can anyone be asked to be honest nor can a law be made against such a person who fails to be honest.

Being honest with one’s profession is the best of all the core values. There are certain core values that define a person. We all have some good points and some negative ones. Some positive traits and some negative traits.

Life is not at all about being perfect, but if we need this world to be a better place and everything to go smooth, we should be honest. ALLAH blesses a person so much when he rolls on being the way ALLAH has asked him to be. The right path has been told to us.

The good and the bad lies ahead of us. At every point in life, we find hurdles that do not let us move forward achieving all that we want to. Being honest costs nothing. The conscience of a person when stays satiated, nothing goes wrong. Even in the little a person can find goodness and peace.

The only thing that we entirely fail to understand is the importance of the core values. Core values need to be guarded and looked-after.

Wonderful are the teachers who teach wonderfully and impart knowledge asking students what they lack and how can improvement be brought in their technique and style of teaching on the contrary, absurd are those who keep grudges against students in their hearts when they themselves do not teach, HONESTLY.

Not all the students are alike. Some stand up for their cause alone and some represent the issues of others. Types vary from place to place and time to time.

It is not right to go against students just because they said the truth which merely was against you and you did not like it. If all that they said as in feedback was true, then there lies no point to do deductions in their papers or look at them with anger.

Students who do well; get 100% paper done and marks get given to them on the basis of a grudge, YOU HAVE ALL THE RIGHTS TO STAND UP FOR TRUTH. NO MATTER WHAT SOMEONE TELLS YOU. WRONG-DOERS keep doing wrong-doings because WE people stay silent.

Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) said:

“whosoever of you sees an evil, change it with your HAND. If you can not change it with hand, change it with your tongue and if you can not change it with your tongue, consider it bad in heart”

Elucidation:

Halt the bad with force. If you can not, then talk about it and try stopping it and even if you can not do that then at least consider it bad in your heart.

 

Private Tutoring Vs Public Education

Private Tutoring Vs Public EducationA tutor is a professional instructor who tutors or teaches a student. The term ‘tutor’ is largely used in the context of private or personal teaching, either to a single student or a group of students, that are in need of supplementary tutoring outside the classroom.

Tutor profiles in different countries

The title is used to denote different job profiles in different countries. For instance, in the US, the term tutor is usually associated with a professional who instructs or teaches within a school setting. But often, a tutor is a professional instructor in a given subject or field and by and large, the term is used at a higher educational level – e.g. high school and college levels.

In the UK, a class of students or a ‘form’ is the responsibility of the ‘form tutor’ who is headed by a guidance teacher or year head and has full-time responsibility in his or her role as a specialist subject teacher. The form tutor is the person who interacts with parents about their child’s progress, shortcomings and any problems encountered at school and provides the foundation for a well-rounded academic experience.

In Asia, a tutor usually refers to a professional instructor who provides private coaching or teaching. Several countries in south-east Asia maintain different profiles for the job of a tutor; in Cambodia, tutoring is provided by regular teachers, small and large companies provide tutoring in Hong Kong and in South Korea private entrepreneurs and companies use technology to provide tutoring on a large scale.

Fallouts of private tutoring

A study undertaken by the Comparative Education Research Centre at the University of Hong Kong made some very strong observations, chief among them being the fact that private tutoring has created and exacerbated social inequalities and nurtured an unregulated industry which burgeoned at the cost of much needed household income. Besides, it has caused inefficiencies in school education systems and has undermined government and official statements about free-education for all. In short, private tutoring has threatened social cohesion.

This sort of private tutoring is called ‘shadow education’ and the industry is growing rapidly globally. There are several factors attributed to this such as:

• Stratification of education systems
• Perceptions of shortcoming in regular academic streams
• Cultural factors
• Growing incomes
• Diminishing family sizes

This has spurred the education sector to attain the status of a profitable industry segment with a vast advertising and marketing portfolio, much like saleable commodities in the market.

Benefits of tutoring

Besides the institution that gains manifold from having tutors on its roles thereby expanding the scope of knowledge and information, there are certain benefits that the tutors also gain as well as the students.

The benefits enjoyed by a tutor through glimpses into the teaching segment and interacting with qualified and experienced teaching professionals are:

• Increases knowledge of specific subjects
• Widens scope of subject-related information
• Improves the ability to manage study strategies
• Enhances motivation to improve knowledge in order to be competitive
• Encourages higher levels of thinking

For the students the benefits are numerous; however, the important ones are:

• Provides greater interaction between teacher and learner and creates a role model for youngsters
• Greatly improves academic performance
• Improves personal growth and self-esteem
• Motivates self-directed and self-paced learning
• Provides greater opportunities for intensive study practice of subjects