Posted by: kcristti | 23/06/2013

Whose responsibility is it to improving education for children?

In the latest few years it has been hardly spoken about the problems with educational systems around the world. Many researchers have been comparing different systems, proposing reforms, asking parents’, students’ and teachers’ points of view and so on. All those make me think: Wouldn’t they and all the actors involved be over thinking and lacking in action?  Where is the problem?Wouldn’t it be helpful if every parent, teacher, student, employer, looked at his own behaviors towards the world they are building up and tried to see in which ways they are contributing or not for the world they actually want in order to adjust these behaviors when it’s necessary?

The world presented to us nowadays is a different world in many ways and it is making people different, transforming their ways to see (or not to see) things and, most of all, changing the interests and these facts affect what happens inside a school. One example of that is the use of technologies in schools. Once it is becoming widely used by children at home, it is pointless taking it away from them at school. At the same time, as an effect of globalization, not every child has the same sort of opportunities. How can parents, students, teachers and society deal with all those things? It’s necessary to act (and not just think) in order to promote the access of our children to school first of all and, then, give them what they are needed to equally participate in society.

As you can see, we facetimes that bring new topics to school environment and in which things that were once unacceptable are now desirable. The Schools are becoming the place where children go (or are sent by their parents) to update news with friends, to date, to mess around or, at best, to listen to a teacher who is too tired and demotivated to be able to teach something to students who are too upset to want to learn something. On the other hand, the students who want to learn and the teachers who have thirst for teaching are swallowed by the whole system. As you can see, all the actors involved are failing.

Although the researches are very important to state what has to be done to improve the topics related to education, more important and maybe simpler than answering surveys or elaborating the same surveys which will probably be forgotten on the bottom of a drawer, is to get the whole society together. It’s necessary to get parents involved and compromised with teaching their children about responsibility and the importance of study. Also, the population has to try to be more reflective in order to see the same importance and correctly choose and charge their government.

 
Eveline R. Di B. Paroski – Undergraduate student in English course at UniversidadeEstadual de Londrina

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