To many of us who love reading trying to get the younger generation addicted is a tough ask. We live in an age of instant gratification. The visuals provided by screens of various sizes provide this without having to involve thinking or imagination. I have watched teenagers scrolling through Instagram, Pinterest or Snapchat. Each visual is looked at for two seconds at most then either liked or skipped. Anything requiring reading a few words or more, let alone a sentence is far too laborious. Yes I am generalising but it is the rule not the exception. It makes my heart warm to see a young one sitting engrossed in a book simply because it is sadly rare. Read More
“We don’t need no education
We don’t need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teachers leave them kids alone
Hey! Teachers! Leave them kids alone!
All in all it’s just another brick in the wall.
All in all you’re just another brick in the wall.”
Pink Floyd – Another Brick in the Wall Part 2 (1979)
This song was banned in South Africa when it first came out. It was extremely dangerous as it made people think. It did not understand it then but it has come to represent the very worst form of education. A factory like system that seeks to mass-produce identical unthinking products.
see: Another Brick in the Wall
This blog is an attempt to explore ways of making education innovative so as to produce independent thinking individuals equipped for the challenges of the 21st century.
Too many educators are paralyzed with fear of change. These professionals are worried about the insecurity of leaving their comfort zones and questioning long held assumptions. It’s what William Blake called “mind-forg’d manacles” (Poem: London).Here I will try to put together ways of breaking this trend.