I GOT VERY INSPIRED WHEN I SAW THIS. YOU WANT TO KNOW WHY?
So this beautiful day, this photo was shared to me, ofcourse to entertain. But surprisingly or not surprisingly, it reawakened within me, THE ESSENCE OF EDUCATION and above all, THE ROLE OF THE TEACHER IN THIS PROCESS.
Just in case you have not seen the photo attached with this writeup, let me spell it out to you. It was simply an assessment and the student was expected to translate sentences from English to French, the location; Nigeria.
1. What is your name? Ans: common tu tapé 2. My name is Segun. Ans: Jumapé Segun 3. I am a Nigerian. Ans: Jésus Nigerians 4. How are you? Ans: Comm'on serve her 5. I am fine thank you. Ans: Serve her beer mercy
When I looked at this, I saw more than a student answering questions in a manner in which many will describe as 'wrong and outrageous'.
Given my experience in trying to make students understand a foreign language, the location where this question paper was set, the accent of most of the people in this location, my understanding of the French language, my understanding of the English language and above all, MY ROLE IN HELPING THIS STUDENT GET 'EDUCATED' TO UNDERSTAND HIS/HER 'SOCIETY' WHICH HAPPENS TO BE ONE WAY I LOOK AT THE ESSENCE OF EDUCATION, I will definitely have scored this student an above average pass mark. Yes, you heard me right, a pass mark.
As a teacher, I see a student a few years from now, standing at the lobby of a hotel, just behind the receptionist desk and successfully having a conversation with a complete French speaking fellow (Francophone).
As a teacher, I think of a student who understands what should be and can improvise in the face of challenges, delivering on lines that will solve an imminent problem where accuracy will be a thing of the later.
As a teacher, I want this student to see his/her effort paying off, find out what he/she can do to get an even better pay day, and above all, approach life with this same prowess. I want this student to understand that all the education is to make meaning out of life and dig through life in the best way he/she can improvise, along the lines of the conventional guidelines.
It's not about the student showing me how many papers they can bag in terms of degrees.
It is not fair to keep this student stuck with a fail mark.
If you feel I am looking at this from a one sided point of view, kindly consider the other side to be that which gives this student time for practice and perfection in the right setting, with the vast resources available to make reference.
If you must know, in the above assesment, the teacher scored the student a 0/10 and wrote a comment requesting the student to meet the bursar emidiately.
If I had to weigh in here as the bursar, I'll definitely request the teacher to meet me let's have a talk.
NOTE TO TEACHER!
WHAT DO YOU WANT OUT OF A STUDENT?
WHAT DO YOU SEE IN YOUR STUDENT?
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT YOUR STUDENT?
Dear student, as your teacher, I am proud that you have 'LEARNED', though falling short of 'EDUCATION' and hell yes, 'LEARNING WILL MAKE YOU SUCCESSFUL'.
Ps: Right translation below (Taking into considering what the student was attempting to type):
1. What is your name? Ans: Comment tu t'appelle? 2. My name is Segun. Ans: Je m'appelle Segun 3. I am a Nigerian. Ans: Je suis Nigérian 4. How are you? Ans: Comment ça va? 5. I am fine thank you. Ans: Ça va bien merci
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This word "FREE" has always excited many of us. Why would it not? "Buy 1 get 1 FREE"... "Sign up today, It's FREE and always will be"... and so on and so forth.
Let's take a moment to look at how much of "FREE" is actually "FREE". If we try to take everything into consideration, we may not be well equipped to handle the volume of content we ought to provide to make a valid point.
Let's narrow down to what we call "ONLINE". By "ONLINE", we are referring to the state of being connected to the Internet through what ever means, whether phone, tablet, laptop, smart watch, or even our stainless pot or spoon in the kitchen - ("smart spoon", "smart pot". Oh yes! There could be smart anything nowadays, so be careful)
We see big corporations today like Facebook, Google, Twitter and more... They start off with something that entices, for example, enabling us to make this post and more .... We hardly pay anything to them for this service, of course it is "FREE", not even counting the amount we pay for the data pack we buy to access the Internet or the cup of coffee we buy at the coffee shop to access the "FREE" Internet there and do the "FREE" thing "ONLINE".
Before we know it, we are providing our names, age, family information (Names of parents, siblings, spouses, children and more), marital status, address and we even go as far as uploading our photos. .. (Like 'Hey! incase you reach the address and you can't identify me, use my photo to find me... :) Funny! ). What's the harm? It's "FREE".
Again before we know it, these corporations start counting and presenting big numbers, whether in terms of subscribers or users or (wait for it..) MONEY... We are talking about billions of dollars and counting... What are they selling? God help us?
Well, we are not ignorant anymore, but sadly, many of us still are... Have you ever been browsing say on Facebook or some other social platform, and you see this. .. "Great ------ are born in -------". Now if you are a guy, and born in January, it reads "Great MEN are born in JANUARY", and if you are a girl and born in March, it reads "Great WOMEN are born in MARCH"... and so on and so forth. You get the picture? (Yeah... Same here... We always thought we were the coolest to be born in that month). Well, this is not as important as the fact that someone somewhere, or better still, some people somewhere know quite alot about us, not limited to date of birth and gender, but as extensive as the much we share "ONLINE", and worst of all, relations are built on the relationships we mentioned, to even tell more about us than we even knew about ourselves sometimes.
Doubting how this is possible? See one example; We have come across many adults who are not sure of their blood group. Think of this "ONLINE" family, where the connected Father says he's blood group is O in his profile, the connected mother says her blood group is O as well, and you who has no clue of what your blood group is, but are able to tell the "FREE" and "ONLINE" form, this is my mom, this is my Dad. (Ok, what we are about to say now should not be whispered aloud...) If the neighbour did not visit the house under untold circumstances, why would you be suprised that this "FREE" and "ONLINE" thing is informing you that you are blood group O?
Can we also see how this could be misleading if the neighbour actually visited? Well, let's not go there. .. There was never a neighbour. Let's Relax! You are blood group O.
As we can see, people somewhere are very interested in knowing about us not necessarily to make acquaintance, but with an interest to condition our minds to make us remove the little from our pockets and hand it over to them. They are interested to pay huge sums of money to know they much they want about us (Well, sometimes not as much as they may want, but a great deal than we would be comfortable sharing with them.)
What's worst is how much this people get to know about us with as little as the click of a button by us which says "I Agree", which for most of the times, we hardly know what we are agreeing to. I bet if many of us had control of what we want others to retain about us, especially strangers, we would substantially limit to the bare minimum.
Well, not always do we have this control, and above all, it's the price we pay for the word "FREE", not counting the data pack purchased, the cup of coffee, and more.
So how safe are we "ONLINE"? Are we suggesting people should stop everything "ONLINE"? Not at all. Please don't say that aloud before some of this big names start keeping an eye on us for trying to hijack tomorrow's lunch.
Let's treat Tips About Staying Safe "ONLINE" in our next piece to keep this brief. But of course, we will not leave without something to take home. It's simple, Let's be cautious about the word "FREE", and also, Let’s be modest about what we share "ONLINE".
Everything we keep "ONLINE" is as private as the promise of someone or some persons just like us. What if they slip someday like we all do? The damage could range from something as simple as knowing our names or aliases and genders, to something as complicated as knowing all our bank account details or medical records or worst as the case may be. Just a thought though!
Let's call this PART ONE, and let's put a full stop here for now.