The responsibility for learning lies with….

The responsibility for learning : Should it lie with parents or with teachers?

  • Most parents are busy working so they depend on school teachers to teach their children, to impart knowledge for them.
  • We have to be self-directed in learning and that comes from the home environment. We cannot depend on our teachers alone to teach us what needs to be learned.
  • If we are going to have to depend on ourselves for most of the learning, then what is the point of paying money to a teacher to teach or paying taxes for the government to pay the salaries of teachers?
  • We must first have the correct attitude and motivation for learning and we pay teachers to help us grow beyond the limitations of our own learning or understanding, to help us benchmark our achievements, to encourage and give us confidence and to create an environment of support for continuous learning.
  • Teachers are the ones responsible for teaching us to have the right attitude and motivation for learning.  Not everyone can develop the right attitude for learning or to be motivated enough to learn the academic work that is required of them. They know that studying is good for them but they just can’t do it.
  • If people discover what they like doing and what they’re naturally good at they will find the motivation to do it. Given time and space, everyone can discover their talents and abilities and when they do they can put a lot of effort to perfecting it.
  • But what if a person doesn’t know what they like or what their abilities are? Going to school is supposed to help us be the best person we can be so we can have a better future.
  • The problem is people expect a long, schooling experience to provide the answers to finding what they like and what they are good at and what they can do in the future. But what really happens is people learn to lose what they know they wanted to do in life.
  • Everyone has a dream but they soon fall into the stream of conformity. They take another person’s illusions or fantasy and make it their own. They end up having to choose between what they really want to do and what others’ fantasy is because it’s never the same thing.  So in the end they think they don’t have a dream even if they actually had a dream because the fantasy of others make their own dreams impossible or not important anymore. So they become frustrated, angry, feel incomplete and lost.

I was really surprised by the last point made. It was very poignant and significant. I think what he’s really saying is that we lose our dreams and our desire to do what we really want to do because we end up buying a fantasy that is not ours. I think this fantasy consists of :

  • not being looked down by others because we don’t have a piece of paper to say we had a prestigious education.
  • not being looked down by others because we don’t have a flashy car, a big house and a fabulous lifestyle.
  • being envied and admired by others based on the lifestyle we’re living.
  • looking fabulous in our appearance so others will admire and envy us.
  • being famous and popular.
  • looking and sounding like an important and clever person.

I also agree that if such a label of “teacher” is going to exist, it should exist within context. Are we teachers because we drill you across an assembly line and facilitate a holding ground until you’re ready to be used as a human resource? Or is this our primary purpose?


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