From Primary School

October 24, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

From Primary SchoolFrom Primary SchoolThese are girls from a primary school from the Port of Spain area who visited the National Library and as a result of their curiosity,as all children should have, visited my exhibition in May , 2016.
We had interesting banters and after they left I felt that all is not lost(seeing that girls are usually the ones more highlighted on social media doing negative things in my country).
But my main reason for showing you this is really to chat about TEACHING and LEARNING.
I was not much of a good student as some may think. Most teachers could not get me to learn because their teaching methods were wrong(at least for me. Did you evaluate your teachers when you were young or only wait on them to assess and evaluate you?).
I understand this more now and why. I always had a referent to compare and it was in my home. My parents never force anything down my throat( only medicine near midnight-between sleep and wake-so I was barely conscious of what my mother was doing. But she being mother I acquiesced ) and punishment was something I got in school-like lines,sit outs ans severe beatings. The home method was observing ,instructing, giving us a broadbase way of seeing the world and allowing us to voice our opinion and constantly ask questions.
The teaching methods at school were egocentric. Its focus was on the teacher and his or her style not on learning. I was always eager TO LEARN but had problems understanding WHAT THE TEACHER WAS TRYING TO TEACH. He or she was NOT TEACHING ME TO UNDERSTAND. He or She was teaching me to learn like him or her. I was being instructed to be a follower. Not to learn with my own identity.Check it out. Look at the people who have made their mark in this world. The ones like the facebook Mongul and the Apple people. They opt out of institutions.
And on the other side we have those who have excelled as great followers-they lead the established companies and they are usually great at towing the line-even with the clothes they wear.

 

These are girls from a primary school from the Port of Spain area.

They visited the National Library and as a result of their curiosity,as all children should have, visited my exhibition in May , 2016.

We had interesting banters and after they left I felt that all is not lost(seeing that girls are usually the ones more highlighted on social media doing negative things in my country).


But my main reason for showing you this is really to chat about TEACHING and LEARNING.


I was not much of a good student as some may think. Most teachers could not get me to learn because their teaching methods were wrong(at least for me. Did you evaluate your teachers when you were young or only wait on them to assess and evaluate you? Well I used to do this together with some of my friends).


I understand why I had issues  more now, and why.

 

I always had a referent to compare and it was at my home.

My parents never force anything down my throat( only medicine near midnight-between sleep and wake-so I was barely conscious of what my mother was doing. But she being mother I acquiesced ) and punishment was something I rarely got at home only  in school-like lines,sit outs ans severe beatings.

The home method was observing ,instructing, giving us a broadbase way of seeing the world and allowing us to voice our opinion and constantly ask questions. The SURPRISING THING in hindsight was the fact that my parents economic circumstances were very low and their schooling was similar. How they managed to be so wise, was it a default phenomena ?


While the teaching methods at school were egocentric.

Its focus was on the teacher and his or her style not on learning. I was always eager TO LEARN but had problems understanding WHAT THE TEACHER WAS TRYING TO TEACH. He or she was NOT TEACHING ME TO UNDERSTAND. He or She was teaching me to learn like him or her. I was being instructed to be a FOLLOWER. Not to learn to unearth my own identity. So there were constant conflicts-more so at Secondary School. So at a  reunion function several years after I asked one of the the teachers that I had much respect for (although we had many hostile public debates on my work submissions ) why the teachers  used their veto for me to become the head boy of the school( I did not get the nod from the students-I was not popular). She said I always showed that I was more mature than my colleagues. 

 Check this out, now.

Look at the people who have made their mark in this world.

The ones like the Facebook boss and the founders  of Apple. It is said that they  opt out of schooling institutions.
And on the other side we have those who have excelled as great followers-they lead the established companies and they are usually great at towing the line-even with the clothes they wear.

p.s. Understand this concept:- I want to Learn. Teach me to do that! Please don't teach me how you learn. If you want to do that you are doing that wrong if you give me descriptions. You have to go through your process of learning, then I'll see if it is right for me.

We waste so much time after school unlearning and relearning(I think they call the concept sometimes RETOOLING) because teaching methods are all wrong.

We have to move away from ROTE LEARNING and get completely into WHY LEARNING.

Then there  will be much less need for consultants and mentors because we would have learnt it right the first time.

We only need these people when technology jump ahead of us by leaps and bounds as we old people say it.

 


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