Reform
18 November, 2010
Reform

Reform is a good thing! Shall we say that? When trying to reform something we are making an attempt to change that something into an improved form or condition, but the biggest dilemma in the process of a reform is the question of how beneficial and correct the change we have embarked on could be. Reform is not a revolution, but it is no less difficult than anything revolutionary to be channeled properly and be taken into the right direction. Reform

is not a radical change; it rather is a correction, alteration, a fine-tuning kind of a thing. Reform should not threaten the system with demolition; it must work as an improvement to the system. Radicalism might be pernicious for the reform because radicals have a proclivity to overthrow the existent arrangement. Radicalism means hatred for what currently stands. All this said as clearly and straightforward as that, I would like to recollect our style of reform in the latest 100 years. Not the details of course! The style! Changing the current condition, we have always wanted to completely annihilate what we were living by before the change, throwing the baby out with the bath water, thus losing the essential element by indiscriminate rejection. Being morbidly suspicious that anything former is unacceptable means wasting time. Inventing a wheel every so many years is simply stupid. Take for example the most current reform taking place in Georgia – the reform of the educational system. A couple of decades ago there was a Soviet educational system functioning in Georgia, which was deliberately shattered to smithereens. Soviet system had a huge ideological flaw – scary communist thinking. Otherwise, it used to be ebullient and effective: teachers qualified, students disciplined, administration in control, compatibility with time in place, preparation for the existent life-style guaranteed, preconditions for college education observed, and system of evaluation optimal and trouble-free. Look at me! Do I look like illiterate, unqualified and foolish in any way? Isn’t my English impeccable? Or do I lack computer literacy? Am I not making money? Or do I not fit into any job that goes with my professional education? Excuse me, but I am a graduate of a Soviet school, so radically rejected and washed down the tubes by our younger contemporaries. But that’s OK, things happen, you know! Let’s now get more serious about asking questions. Who can tell me how much different from the Soviet school (except the ideological veneer and the evaluation scale) is going to be the inchoate education system that will soon be in action as a result of the current umpteenth reform in Georgia? Or how better and more effective in the long run it might be? When answering this question, let’s not forget that times are changing and the demands are different, and the change should only be measured based on that time difference.  I am rather for eliciting the gist of the system, its core and potential. You go ahead and do as much reform as you wish, but give me the effect! I am from Missouri, baby!

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