Educational Quandary?
25 April, 2013
Educational Quandary?
Level of education as such, including its content and quality, always leaves a lot to desire whenever and wherever in the world this education is taking place. Education is never enough and it is never satisfactory, never completely up to the point and never fully compatible with the requirements of time.
Education is always under suspicion in terms of its expediency and practicality. Uncertainty in its inevitability triggers myriad dubious thoughts, especially when we happen to run into a fact
of a regular ignoramus easily getting rich and a learned man living on the verge of poverty. In spite of these funny and deplorable odds, high-quality contemporary education, in conjunction with strong ability of powerful thinking, is thought to be the most popular way leading to success. Nothing needs flexibility as much as education for keeping itself abreast with our accelerated times. Man is painfully concerned with education, spending a lot of resource on it. Georgia is no different from the rest of the world in this respect – education here may very well fall under the same standard of portrayal, this being the reason for so many planned and unplanned reforms in the system. That we are trying so hard to make our national system of education pertinent and productive is certainly good news, but the fact that we are constantly faced with undoing of the done is a calamitous absence of common sense. Without doubt, one may say that the Soviet legacy was not very easy to overcome, but even if it were not Soviet it would still have to be substituted. Periodic changes in education are indispensable all over the world, including this land. The thing is how well we are handling the changes – how fast, how compatibly, how thoughtfully, how logically and how rationally. Every alteration in the system means squandered funds, lost time and wasted energy. The way out from this sadly created educational quandary is simple – think twice before introducing change! In the dire 80’s and 90’s of the last century when in the aftermath of the Soviet collapse the educational system in Georgia was shattered irreparably due to situational, social, political and economic confusion, generations were deprived of qualitative modern schooling. As a result, the system clearly needed undelayed help. And the help was provided. It came from the young foreign-educated Georgian men and women who knew what they were doing. At least, that was the impression. What happened finally is a forceful arrival of a system of education which still needs serious repairs after so much experimentation and alteration, based on western skill and know-how. What do we need after all? Nothing much, as a matter of fact! We want our kids to go to schools which will provide for a kind of education that will be readily translatable into their wellbeing some day in the future. We call for our youth to have a kind of education which will allow them to handle this country correctly when time comes. Educational models to emulate are ready and accessible out there. Just pick up the most optimal among them, tailor it on our sensitive and education-thirsty national head and body and enjoy the life, and do it as wisely and quickly as time and circumstance would allow. That’s all we need to do! Well, not completely without efforts and smarts of course!
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