Every man and woman that has grown to adulthood, possess a distinct personality which has been built over the years through the influence of his/her teachers, parents, peers and the society at large. This process of education and acculturation fuelled by the agents of socialisation (school, parents, peers, religious institutions and the society at large) starts from birth, taking the new born child from an empty slate (tabula rasa as educationist would call it) to the complex interplay of behaviours and distinct personality that exist in adulthood. Of all the agents of socialisation the most influential and important is the school, and the major educationists in the school are the teachers. Teachers emerged as the most important SINGLE agent of socialisation as is evident in a famous saying that
"NO SOCIETY CAN RISE BEYOND THE LEVEL OF ITS TEACHERS"
Consider the rise of Nations and Civilisations, you would notice that civilisation has always been drifting towards societies with SOUND educational frameworks. Nations like the Asian (Malaysia, Indonesia, South Korea, Singapore etc.) have thrived because they were committed to building a system that ensures not just education but education that was planned and evolves from their economic aims and goals. From the Greeks, Romans, British and now America, civilisation has always gone where education was present presently over six of the 10 leading universities in the world are in the US over 100 of the best 200 universities in the world are in the US
THEN I ASK, WHY WON'T THEY BE THE WORLD POWER?
By PHILIP ODABI
By PHILIP ODABI