By: N. George
- Everything learnt at school would need to be applicable somewhere in life outside school. Those who participate and succeed in games should be able to translate to same to regional, national and international platforms where they do this for commercial purposes.
- All subjects taught should be demonstrated with practical examples most likely locally for example if it is soda ash students are learning about, they should be taken to field visits like Magadi factory and see how those processes practically happens in manufacture of glass, soaps, powdered detergents, rechargeable batteries and metallurgical processes.
- The students taking agricultural courses should be able and willing to apply skills learnt in school in their own farms and verify whether whatever they learnt is applicable same should happen to those studying home science.
Events in life mean nothing if you do not reflect on them in a deep way, and ideas from books are pointless if they have no application to life as you live it…… Robert Greene, The 33 Strategies of War.
An unborn child communicates with the mother, acts and reacts according to various situations. When mother is angry the foetus detects this and it slows the growth rate. The foetus can hear mum’s rate of heart beat. The unborn babies of angry mothers are also said to be more active than those of calm pregnant women.
As a sign of growth, the unborn baby especially after 15 weeks is able to open and close eyes, punch, open and close the mouth, move head and suck thumb. Some of these habits will continue even after the baby is born.
Once born the baby will imitate what the mum or other siblings around the are doing. If unable to walk he will crawl. When unable to stand he will use any structure around as support to stand. Once the kid learns to walk alone, he will no longer crawl or use structures to stand rather he will be waking up and walking.
When unable to talk, the kid will mumble repeating a sound he has heard others produce until that time he is able to pronounce clearly audible words like them.
At around 5 years the kids are usually taken to school for formal learning. During such age the kid is still naive and truthful whatever he is taught he is willing to apply them without any alteration.
In Kenya after spending around 8 years in primary school the learner is given an option of tentatively selecting secondary school which they wish to join. Their choice depends on their personal preferences, the marks one scores and stories which they have heard about certain schools. Every school has its own culture. Wishing to join a school of choice means wishing to be inculcated in a certain culture that goes beyond school days.
Days after secondary school learners join colleges or job market and pursue courses of their choice. Whatever they do help them to earn income and contribute towards the production process.
Since 2017, the government of Kenya through the ministry of education started competency-based curriculum where education is not entirely theoretical, they have incorporated practical skills.
Regular practice of these skills helps in developing their masterly and will go beyond school days for example a kid with music skills will hone his talent and could directly apply the skills in composition of songs.
A public orator who masters his public speaking skills during the school days may directly apply them while addressing public in any other occasion upon completing the school.
School curriculum and skills taught at school should reflect the reality at the market for the learner to be ready for the market. No need for further training while joining the rest of work force just orientation should be required if education system is aligned to be in line with what the market require.
Issues about common courtesy like showing respect to others, kindness, honesty, letting others know quite in advance when you have changed plans, apologizing when wrong, not interrupting when others are talking, good table manners and respect for other people’s property should be taught to young ones from home at an early age before joining formal school then entrenched in the formal school. These would be directly applied at all times and to all people whom these kids interact with.
Everything learnt at school would need to be applicable somewhere in life outside school. Those who participate and succeed in games should be able to translate to same to regional, national and international platforms where they do this for commercial purposes.
All subjects taught should be demonstrated with practical examples most likely locally for example if it is soda ash students are learning about, they should be taken to field visits like Magadi factory and see how those processes practically happens in manufacture of glass, soaps, powdered detergents, rechargeable batteries and metallurgical processes.
The students taking agricultural courses should be able and willing to apply skills learnt in school in their own farms and verify whether whatever they learnt is applicable same should happen to those studying home science.
Skills acquired at school level should help students to execute their work at a more efficient manner than it is currently done otherwise no need to study the technology that is obsolete.
When class theory is easily applicable in day to day activities it provides the learners with an opportunity to practice what is learnt in the class further sharpening skills acquired for example a computer class in secondary school where the student learn to use word, excel and power point then at journalism club the student use a computer to make a demonstration of a planned trip and the requirements or at church the student use computer to teach other members of the church school or youth using a computer.
Lessons learnt in a novel or a play the students should be able to pinpoint similar situation in the societies where they live. This would not only make literature lesson lively as both students and teacher participate but also practical as they can easily identify related cases in society.
Learning should not only apply to whatever is theoretically taught at school but also the environment provided for example if the teachers emphasize that when studying you need to maintain silence then you should embrace it when carrying out activities that do not require noise.
If the landscaping in your school looks amazing you should try to replicate the same in the societies where you come from. If the school is always clean then keep your house also clean. That teacher whose dressing code inspires you, try to dress in a similar manner you will in turn inspire someone else. When you see late comers being punished by the teacher learn to be punctual whether in school or outside the school to avoid such occurrences.