“A liberal education is at the heart of a civil society, and at the heart of a liberal education is the act of teaching.” - A. Bartlett Giamatti
The public discussion on education in relation to how it has been depicted in the media has often De-generated the discussion into a debate. The public education system is indeed in a crisis. Efforts have to be taken by the educational institutions, parents and governments to bring about the required change. Many countries are coming up with ideas to cope up with the situation. For-Example lets discuss about South Africa and its education system. What South Africa currently needs is an all encompassing education dialogue exchange between all the stake holders. This will help in a better understanding of the prevailing obstacles and the reasons for why they exist. The dialogue should focus on solutions and seek to build the desire to take collective action.
Issues that create Obstacles in the Path of Learning:
With the ever increasing poverty, some of the core needs of children are not adequately met at home and invariably it gets dragged to the school. In many case, children’s coming to school didn’t have a proper breakfast to eat and are in poor health and have lack of proper physical development and hence are unprepared to learn and often display behavioural problems in class. The schools and educational institutes too have to take additional responsibility. Their concern should not be limited to provide the mere education.
In addition to this, is the lack of proper educational infrastructure and payment of the teachers on time. A proper educational setting has to be there to give proper and adequate education to the child so that it contributes to their overall development. These conditions cannot be overlooked nor should they be confused with lack of commitment factor on part of the teachers.
Measures to curb the prevailing situation:
So why do we need this dialogue? Because the existing problems in education system are complex and many-sided. What is required is a collective effort on everybody’s part so that it leads to the proper overall growth of the child.
What is striking about these dialogues is that the participants don’t suffer from helplessness but are eager to confront and overcome the challenges faced. The desire for a better education system and a brighter future of the country is what drives their conversations.