SOCIETY
There Is No Future without Investing In Education
04 July, 2013
Wellbeing of a nation in the 21st century is entirely based on its economic success. However, having appropriate natural resources, skilled labor, cutting-edge equipment and technological knowledge is not enough to be productive. Georgia has potential to build up a strong economical system, but there are many internal and external problems that have to be solved. We are facing some of them now, yet others will appear later. One of those problems could be globalization that has affected every realm
of human activity, beginning from cultural, ending with educational issues. Many individuals will fail to adjust and keep up with upcoming changes, and many countries will be unable to reset, therefore they will find themselves not very well adjusted to the mentioned incipient changes.
I would like to discuss here a problem of educational crisis, which is rampant in Georgia and seems to be in the root of every possible problem. It is one of the most important problems that Georgia will face in the long run. There will be paucity of skilled labor in a couple of decades here, and measures taken against it will not improve the situation instantaneously. Even though the number of young people, graduating from universities has rocketed and many reforms have been introduced, the quality of education itself has considerably decreased.
Universities are unable to educate our youth accordingly and to provide them with cutting-edge technologies, modern books and methods to assist in the process of education. But the biggest problem of all is the methodology and the ways of choosing future profession by our young people. It seems that the majority wants to study either economics or law. These professions have advantage in Georgia over others because of three main reasons: a) more possibility to get a better job b) a chance to be part of the education process that has been better, planned and c) a better chance to get lucrative employment out of this country rather than here which often ends up in their staying abroad. The lack of responsibility for qualitative education among the students and the instructors too diminishes quality of education in general. In some universities lectures are rarely held, materials are outdated and useless.
Question: if younger generation is not getting a chance to be educated in compliance with contemporary standards, who will take care of this country in the future? Only well-educated people can handle the problems that Georgia is going to face very soon!
Another great problem is professions that are on the brink of extinction. Government is unable to plan effective educational process not only in higher educational bodies, but also regarding preschool and school educational systems. Kids are not encouraged to choose profession where they will be most productive. Many students might be interested in science, but in most cases they go for liberal arts because in Georgia science usually does not pay off. This is an example of poor planning of the educational process and incapability of Georgian economics to provide jobs.
Reforms carried out in the school system deteriorated the quality of education instead of bringing it up. Books were changed and the whole process of education was restructured. We all know very well that reforming education is important, but let’s do it in a sensible way and leave this job to professionals. A British education expert Ken Robinson suggests that there are two main problems to solve: first, to educate the younger generation accordingly for them to find their niche in the 21st century economies, and second, to educate them with a sense of cultural identity – both to cope with the complicated modern world and to honor their own national roots too.
Problems are more or less similar everywhere in the world: the kids who are unwilling to attend classes; the school programs that are unable to develop creative minds; the fleeting knowledge that escapes their minds very soon. Georgia is no exclusion. Unfortunately!
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