Is the Computer a Curse
Is the Computer a Curse


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    1. Moonbeam says:

      Hi there!

      I am writing this from a small country called The Netherlands that does not major in sunshine on the weather-report, but hits the news regularly with derailed trains due to some simple leaves falling in autumn….not to mention gridlocks due to one single accident, fog, glazed frost, or other nasty consequences of winter weather conditons…
      I do agree with you that applicants for a job should clearly state their motivation in WHY they are applying fort that specific job. A first impression is also important, but not something an employer can trust and build on at first 🙂 this always sketches a biased view. And of course the self-knowledge and preparation, this is an imposed task that should be offered by other institutes in maybe interview training.
      Such a pity to learn about the sore point in your schooling-system and nevertheless the ignorance of your current government .
      In Holland we have a diverse and plural society, an interactive and student-centred teaching style, meaning that all scholars get the freedom they need to develop their own opinions and creativity in applying the acquired knowledge. It is a sort of problem-based learning system which forces students to anayze and solve problems independently through emphasis ons self-study and self-discipine…the last one a very important virtue.
      Interaction in class is a keyword, expressing one’s own view on the knowledge and developing a personal critical opinion.

      Have you ever heard of CITO? Cito is a Dutch insitution which is recognized internationally as an expert in developing and administering examinations and tests. Their range of services and products for the education and professional practice is broad and focuses on modern forms of testing and tracking. It provides training and consultancy work and examines the quality of education. All these activities are carried out for educational institutions, governments and industry at home and abroad. Each year they supply this test for Standard 5? pupils,and it is a key for them at the end of primary school. The Cito Test measures the knowledge of individual pupils in the Dutch language, arithmetic / mathematics, study skills and environmental sector. Also this tests if a pupil is more practical or academically inclined to study. And not to forget factor character, circumstances and teamplayer or not. IQ and EQ etc.

      Here is a link to the swamp of our Dutch education, and yes it is a good one, but sometimes I think they push it too far… leaving blancs in the general knowledge.:)

      Btw: this is just for your perusal, and certainly not meant for comparison in value of school- systems.
      Really hope that your government-members will wake up and start sticking their necks out to pull up a good scholar-system out of SA soil.

      How can they overlook that?

      Kindest regards
      Another democrat..(but not so sure of that anymore lately…)

    2. admin says:

      Howdy Moonbeam, sorry about such a long belated reply, I was stuck in another universe. I like your reply, very intelligent and articulate. The factors at play in our South African schooling system is more around a “get Johnnie to pass, no matter what” whereas your schooling system although pushing limits also obviously allows the students creativity to be explored. Children’s creativity should never be ignored, it is after all what makes successful later on in life. The Taiwanese schooling system brings out the best maths and science academics according to a documentary I have just seen, likewise Korean but yet the pupils in Korea hate it. I put this down to the lack of a creativity angle again, possibly Draconian “you will get 80% no matter what” as opposed to our “Johnny must pass, no matter what.” In South Africa schoolchildren are taught by their parents to disrespect and sadly this disresepect is taught on by poor examples in government. We can go on and on but the fact remains, the Dutch schooling system is light years ahead of ours. Not that long ago, so was the Zimbabwean schooling with their higher than average graduates in the sciences as opposed to S.A. This is post-Apartheid years, not pre which is another very debateable subject. Sadly BEE raises some very pertinent questions, mostly as to why companies must now be left with the task of educating these school-leavers in basic skills. This is the responsibility of their masters at school – it’s no hidden fact that brilliant task-masters such as Bill Gates and Steve Jobs surrounded themselves with brilliant people. In South Africa we have a similar division within the government – the Revenue Services, run by bright, serious minded individuals. And that’s about it. I recently attended a seminar covering the future of Cape Town and one gaping hole was our totally in-effectual education system. Sadly, these gaping holes are being picked up by overseas investors – and of course intellectuals such as yourself living in countries which long ago realise the importance of investing ‘intelligently’ in their people.

      We do live in interesting times,
      Kind regards and best wishes

    3. Moonbeam says:

      Dear Scribe

      Such a pity to learn and read about these trivialities obstructing the path to launch and develop a good schooling-system your side.
      The apartheid past obviously has left deep traces in SA education, and of course your country is dealing with so many different social and cultural backgrounds.
      Seems that BEE provides in an instant cover-up,denying the underlying problem and not working for the long-term solution needed to upgrade the quality of SA schooling-system.
      I’m also thinking factor ”lack of financial resources” by the majority of black students living in the poorer townships and desiring a good school-education. Illiteracy is another concern and yes…sadly enough a disease that still exists, also in my country.
      Let’s hope that in future there will also be more emphasis on practical experience, math and focus on Africa itself, and then I’m thinking history, geography, different music and dance which your country so richly owns. Emphasis should be put on SA as a new democracy in a globalizing world,so that the new generation will be prepared. Government should work on accessibility of libraries, this can make a difference between arrearage and development. Libraries play such an indispensable role. But I’m only a laic in all of this, and talking theory is one thing, realizing it is the other one.:)
      Maybe there is no perfect schooling-system,and the most balanced and ideal one still to be discovered, or maybe to be found sowewhere in the middle of the Draconion style and the more provocative and stimulating one.:) And by all means factor respect added….
      Current Dutch teaching is very competence-focused, leaving the classical way of teaching behind. Change is good sometimes, but I doubt this one, only time will tell.
      Nevertheless I wish plenty of reinforcement for all workers in the field of education today to fullfill their task… a tough job sometimes, people tend to forget.

      May real wisdom and common sense grow abundantly…everywhere.

      Yours sincerely

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