Formation of a great nation is via education — character formation over the scores of ‘A’s April 4, 2011Posted by @Karen_Fu in education, ethics, human quality, life challenges, Singapore.
Tags: character formation, education, great nation, ideals, impact of education, singapore
GREAT NATION = Creative Quality of Skills + Moral Correctness +Humility + Industriousness
I believe that the power of education is formidable.
It shapes minds, thoughts and eventually all these will form a character. Devils or angels, I believe nurture does have certain impacts on a person. Hence I believe that education has at least a profound influence on a person upbringing This collective impact on every individual magnifies into the formation of the kind of society that we will have. It sounds like a no brainer but how often do we actually follow through the fundamentals of moral education when it is actually practised is no man’s clue.
Surely this is vital. Recent events have made me question about the quality of education. Our culture is getting to be almost pragmatic to the point that even kids at primary school have to compete firecely for the top schools so they will be ensured of the coveted scholarships and edication that will lead them to the world’s best colleges. Are we focusing in the shaping of minds or are we merely focusing on ‘A’s with a sideline or lip service towards forming positive characters. We often talk about sustainable environment via green technologies. How about sustainable living via a ‘green’ education system? Being green isn’t exactly what is in my mind. However in the truest sense sans the hue of the chlorophyll, my thoughts are that a society cannot be lasting and a great nation cannot last in prosperity and respected unless the people of that nation is packed with people of the brightest of minds, and the greatest of hearts.
I have sent in my concerns to an educational establishment just to test the waters. Strangely the people at the front desk and a couple of teachers weren’t that interested. They appear to cover up the flaws of certain top A scorers in school. I was about to chuck in another post when the head of the school stepped in, believing that character is important and took immediate steps to get the teachers to focus on the students. A leader and a fine learner can only come true if students embark on the right attitude to life in a selfless way. And only such leaders can lead a nation of properly trained people who are on the right moral and morale track.
Creative quality of skills make unique technologies and innovations that place the country in the world map. Moral correctness ensures a nation the respect that comes from the world. Humility, honesty and industriousness are unique enzymes that keep the entire nation’s system working.
It makes sense. No one likes bad people whose minds are only into self interests. Everyone can simply spot any bad guy in a distance, ironically including the bad guy himself. We often envy a great nation that saves the day. But there are times where a great nation could become arrogant and pompous that a fall is within. And I often believe that the greatness comes from the support by global citizens. When they cheer, they often cheer because they like the people, the culture and truly their living inspiration that motivates people in the most powerful way possible.
Education must induce that effect where the graduates will churn out of substance that builds, creates and knows what is righteous and stand behind justice in the most resilient form. We cannot choose to bend when it comes to social justice. I have recently come across a couple of incidents whom I adamently believe that education must pay a fierce instance on what is moral correctness. Why?
1. An ‘over culture’ focusing in scoring distinctions has an adverse effect,especially when it also entails the idea of materialism and power.When schools advocate the idea, the entire culture of studying instantly turns into a merciless study for grades. The selfishness starts to appear and the hypocrisy of being a nice student is all about staying ahead in the race for scholarship and the best schools.
2. When education starts to move into such direction, the idea of ‘self interest’ and rewards transform itself into work in industries in their adult lives.When this happens, the complexity of people running ideas for themeselves becomes a really selfish motivation. It happens in many societies.
3. the stress that is pushed through the system from the ministry to the schools and onwards to the students can be enormous. The idea of success via grades can hurt the ethics in an educational establishment. People tend to fight for rewards for the very wrong reasons.
I do not believe that a great nation can be formed, last, and continue in history without great people. Great people, for that matter, has to come from nurturing. Once we leave behind ourchildhood, our characters are fundamentally stuck in that form leaving very little room to change. The environment comes from the type of people we have and hence education in the right path determines how a nation would grow.- Karen Fu