Life is perhaps the most ‘confusing and difficult modus operandi’.There is no iota of doubt that we are living in a highly globalized and fast moving world where progress has been made in each and every arena of this contemporary society. Some people say that life is game and we should play it while others say that life is a song and we should sing it.But have we really ever ponder on the meaning of life? For some, life is considered as a bed of roses while some continuously claim that life is a bed of thorns. If an indepth reflection is made on the hardships that life gives to people, then one is likely to be shocked with the number of children being made orphans every day, the number of people dying of malnutrition every hour, the number of people being killed in natural calamities, amongst others. This surely triggers a reflection.
Man has virtually discovered the secrets of the outer space but has unfortunately not been able to know the truth about the inner self. Man is constantly urging to acquire more and more knowledge but he has considerably lost his common sense. It is not a fallible concept to claim that man has always been a creative creature in practically all fields of this ephemeral world. Man has discovered and invented things which were once believed to be beyond the capacity of mere human being. Therefore, it will not also be an erroneous concept to say that man has a certain hidden divine energy which can be exploited to shoot progress for the welfare of the entire human race.
It is perhaps the darkest age that we are living in.Stress has virtually become number one killing disease. Peace of mind has become something to be written only in books. Man has become money minded, selfish, greedy, arrogant and merciless that he has fallen in love with social evils such as drugs, alcohol, gambling, amongst others. It is sad to note the large number of youngsters which have been trapped by the baits laid by lucrative businessmen; drugs are killing our youngsters. It is true that a painting of the bleak future of our youngsters brings terrors. It is even sad to note that many people claim that it is not their problems if others are trapped in these social evils. But where is our humanity gone? Gone are the times when true friends would help each other like real brothers and sisters. Human values have virtually disappeared in this material world.
EDUCATION – THE RIGHT DIRECTION
According to great freedom fighters, much emphasis should be laid on education. Education is undoubtedly the key to success. Many people have left poverty thanks to education. Education does not only make an individual earn a living but it also shows a person the art of living. Consequently, education to children is always a priority in almost all countries of the world. A prosperous economy should rest on the shoulders of an educated nation. If a population is educated, it is automatic that the country will experience economic boost and the standard of living and quality of life will improve.
Since time immemorial, it has been unimpeachably found that education should be simplified so that the learners should be able to come up with necessary skills which will empower them to face life. By the way, a school becomes necessary where formal education is provided in a classroom which should be multifaceted and, thus, should help students without hassles and measles as well as modifications should be brought in the future.
Discovery method v/s spoon feeding
According to Brian Caldwell, the modern classroom should be revisited, especially in his book entitled; “Re-imagining school leadership in the 21st century”, where he advocated for putting the child first or no child should be left behind. He implied that spoon feeding will give way for learning by doing where the expository method of teaching using the chalk and the talk style will be replaced by the discovery method. There will be cooperative learning whereby students will be put in groups and they will prepare their works in joint collaboration where the setting of the class will change. It will no longer represent a bus where the teacher is the bus conductor. The latter will now be the moderator and each group will have a rapporteur, thus facilitating the exposition of ideas. There will be sharing, participation, discussion and fruitful social responsibility. The classroom will become more virtual with the use of multimedia, web castings, PowerPoint presentations, film projections, animations, educational games, online research, teleconferencing and the list goes on.
Moreover, students will be empowered and expected to be self- monitored, self-prepared and thus, the teacher will no longer be regarded as an authority or a monopolist of knowledge. Then, many students might refrain from attending classes and will prefer to stay at home to be involved with an online course. In some parts of the world, this has already been implemented. The modern system of education will be a scientific one. Students will have a multi-dimensional skill, attitude and understanding. Students will get up-to-date information whereas some old teachers who are deprived of a sustainable knowledge in computer science may not provide a computer-based tutoring. If students have to work with these teachers, they will most probably avoid classes.
Modern classrooms should be expected to be configured to meet the needs of the students. The human touch will be necessary. Teachers should be pedagogical fathers and they should provide more pastoral care by listening to the problems of the students. Consequently, problems of indiscipline, juvenile delinquencies and violence will be minimized. Teachers should not only be academic oriented but they should support students. If they are open, careful and students oriented, students would not play truant to attend other places just like some students might even lose their lives due to their own carelessness. Reasons should be given to students to prepare them to face life, to be immune from the vices of society like alcohol, cigarettes, narcotic drugs, prostitution, pornography and other abuse in society. A classroom should be an open learning cluster for discussions and opinions should be shared rather than downgraded and punishments should have no place in modern classrooms.
The modern classroom should be able to inculcate moral, spiritual and human values in students in order to prepare them for life since education is a lifelong process. The very aim of education should be to prepare a human being to watch his words, actions, thoughts, conducts and habits. “Educating a girl means educating a family, educating a family implies educating a society, educating a society means educating a nation and finally, educating a nation symbolizes educating the world. Someone may become a laureate academically but there is no assurance that he may become a noble human being. For instance, many laureates have left the country for further studies but a handful of them come back. We need a classroom which will pave the way towards righteousness, channeled our youngsters to become law abiders, propel the intelligence of people to mobilize resources in the right perspective to fight against corruption, injustice, violence and above all, hypocrisy. The modern classroom should be more and more proactive, sensitive and aiming at producing genuine human beings rather than mere heartless academicians.
In a nutshell, the future shape of the classroom will be a highly technological structured one but it should open its way towards a more human aspect in order to prepare our students to fulfill their responsibilities as one people in one nation in peace, justice and liberty. Steven Muller, President, Johns Hopkins University believe, “Universities are turning out highly skilled barbarians because we don’t provide a framework of values to young people, who more and more are searching for it.”
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