Our education system does best what it is designed to do: produce huge numbers of unsophisticated literate citizens. However, what continues to baffle me is that the colonial desire to produce an unthinking, subservient underclass was not any different from what the African elite, the heirs to the colonists, imagined of the post-colonial society. Successive governments have demanded unquestioning allegiance, total dependence on the benevolence of the state and mindless convergence around a flawed vision of society as authored by the political class. This explains why this rather problematic way we educate our children has been very durable.
… We teach our children too much stuff at the expense of developing critical capacity in key areas of knowledge, skills and attitudes. It is time to pare down the primary school curriculum. We must define a small set of core competencies in reading, writing, math, teamwork, critical thinking and analytical reasoning, against which teachers, parents and students are held accountable.
… Half a century of an education system that stifles thinking is enough. It is time to end the exam-centric system of education, which undervalues critical thinking, analytical reasoning and knowledge application, but rewards mindless regurgitation of undigested facts.
… Kenya needs not unthinking technicians and minions. To be relevant and competitive in the 21st century, Kenya needs to nurture a new generation of thoughtful, creative and innovative knowledge workers.
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