What first appears to be the teaching and edification of the Nigerian in the four-walls of our educational system, turns out to be a cerebral and logical tragedy.
In 2015, our children are still being taught- from schools dressed like new generation banks to those fortified by state corruption- that the primary role of the woman is to stay at home and take care of domestic needs: sweep, clean, pamper, cook, wash and wipe.
It is in your child’s social studies textbook, go and read it.
But that is not the only problem. A lot of the calamity is traceable to neglect- the Nigerian syllabi have not been revised in decades. Even though we do not live in huts or have leaves around our waists, or sustained by subsistent farming and encouraged to have big families that we cannot afford to take care of anymore, we are still taught in the ways of Neanderthals- in the one institution that should allow for mind and character advancement.
As much as we delight in the idea of an education and a piece of paper to justify years of tuition, I am not sure we are getting any kind of education that is useful to the world we live in.
Our higher educational institutions are dingy halls with rusty ideas recycled every term for every new class in the last 100 years. It’s worse than having a toy repeat the same sentence every day until the batteries die, or you run mad- whichever comes first.
How much of academic outdated prognosis have you applied to your life lately? Do you wake up thinking about how Logarithms is going to see you through another day at the office? What about Algebra, has it solved the tart relationship you have with your finances? Calculus maybe, is that were the solution to life’s problems reside?
I know these mathematical studies have their importance, but does it answer 90% of the questions and troubles of real life? If you spend half of your life cramming and grinding on something that will not affect 90% of your life, then that is the definition of misery.
Nigerian education sets you up for failure. It is impractical, archaic and downright annoying. It needs urgent attention from the people in power; if only they can stop sniffing petrol for just one minute to observe the rot we are churning out every day from these institutions.
In certain developed societies, they take a moment away from figures and statistics to teach on true-to-life experiences… on the analysis of Cristian Ronaldo’s career success for instance, to Beyonce’s hustle, Rihanna’s growth, to Steve Jobs philosophies and Zuckerberg’s enterprise. These are courses in prestigious insititutions. They even have a Tupac 101.
Call them ridiculous, but their societies produce technology and everything you brag about on Instagram. Your education leaves you a humble consumer; well…maybe not too humble- but a consumer nonetheless- braggadocious and empty.
With the realities of today’s world, I’d rather have my children studying subjects on – The Success secrets of AY’s “30 Days in Atlanta”. It was declared the “Highest Grossing Movie in Nigerian Cinema”, right?
I think it is a crappy movie, but my opinions mean nothing compared to the staggering figures on display. There are definitely principles we can scoop from there.
Let’s teach our children about Mo Abudu’s success, Dangote’s enterprise, Otedola’s drive. What about Genevieve Nnaji’s mega career, Banky W’s consistent pull at endorsements- the principles of success that we can apply to any sector of life.
Let’s talk about Queen Amina- she wasn’t sitting at home scrubbing floors- which used to be under History, but some smart fellas in government thought it necessary to scrap that subject out of an already deprived curricula.
So what do we have left? Figures and subjects that taste like chaff; narratives that have no place in our daily lives. Nobody got on well with life because they were taught Quantitative Reasoning. Those ‘Find X’ solutions are cool academic issues, but unfortunately life would demand more than an ‘X’ to be found.
Find purpose. Find drive. Find passion. Find success. Find consistency. Find fulfilment. Find your own voice.
So yes, I’d rather our children be told the story of Abacha- lessons that can be learned from desperate leadership. What about young individuals like Chude Jideonwo, Jason Njoku and Toyosi Akerele? The story of Keke and D1 at the beginning of Nigeria’s entertainment evolution; and the remarkable Dora Akunyuli… priceless instructions waiting to be harvested.
I am sure in whatever sector you are in, there’s a story and an individual who has lived that life- made the mistakes, conquered the demons and embraced victory. These stories are a large part of education missing in our lives.
In the wake of a new era, we cannot continue to allow education try to turn a fish into a bird.
There are too many people with certificates with no idea what to do with life and the situations they are entangled in.
Everyone, and their “bae”, is blowing grammar on different issues; how many people have been taught how to translate all that talk to resolutions and results? There might be very little hope for this social media generation, but the next generation can get it right.
It starts by first reviewing a syllabus that tells you a big fat lie about women sitting at home waiting to be spoon-fed.
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