I dream

I dream of an education system where every child is valued for the dreams s/he dreams, not for the marks s/he scores. Where teachers get to handle children more than they have to handle paperwork. Where there is no ranking of children, teachers or schools because it is common knowledge that true learning cannot be ranked. Where learning is more important than testing. Where values are ingrained in the everyday running of the school and the everyday interactions that make up the heart of the school, not set aside to be paid lip service to in assembly sessions. Where children spring out of bed after the sun rises, eager to learn new things, and new ways of looking at old things. Where children come home and enjoy the rest of their childhood instead of burying their noses in assessment books and tuition classes. Where parents can ease up on cracking the whip because tests and exams are things of the past, and therefore so is competition. Where children can learn what they want to learn, when they want to learn it. Where teachers are allowed to have souls and are given the time to nurture them, that the children may benefit from having teachers with souls. Where children appreciate their teachers everyday, not just on one day in the year, and teachers appreciate their children everyday, not just when the exam results come out and the children have done well.

This is what I dream of. Now I have to do what I can to create it.

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2 thoughts on “I dream

  1. “Where values are ingrained in the everyday running of the school and the everyday interactions that make up the heart of the school, NOT SET ASIDE TO BE PAID LIP SERVICE TO IN ASSEMBLY SESSIONS.”

    “Where teachers are allowed to have souls and are given the time to nurture them, that the children MAY BENEFIT FROM HAVING TEACHERS WITH SOULS.”

    yes, yes, yes, just…YES. So much. Thank you, Mrs V, you have no idea how much those lines and the rest of them mean and how very relevant this is to my life, because everything you write of here seems…completely far away from the workings and systems and screwed-up attitudes and endless red tape within this deathly old machine I’m stuck in (and i’m sure i’m not the only one who feels this way.) You wouldn’t believe the kind of teachers they allow to teach, it’s ridiculous, my form teacher prides herself on being soulless and cold-hearted (yes she admits this and is immensely proud of it because empathy and compassion and soulfulness to her are wishy-washy and cannot be sustained in the working world? And she teaches english. And taught lit. I mean, what the…?) I’m not even going to go on about her and other teachers too becuase I’ll just…never stop. It’s pathetic.

    And I wish so much it could go back to the way you describe it. It’s idealistic and perhaps “not feasible for Singapore’s environment” where competitiveness is absolutely vital and key if we hope for growth and prosperity and establishment of a hub status in as many fields as possible, and so competitiveness has to be inculcated at as young an age as possible, but I do wish so much that school were like that for once. It would be so much more fulfilling. It would make the world of a difference in so many ways.

  2. I feel touched when I read this post. Yeah, I wish that all these can come true for everyone in the world. (:

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