Some people joke around that…
Ok I figured that the image isn’t exactly scary especially the Scary Movie face with the double o’s as eyes but I couldn’t resist the idea of putting my handwriting on my blog. Anyhow, since Eid holiday is over, it’s “back to school” season and the stores are competing to finish whatever that is left of parents’ salaries.
Back in the old days -OMG! I can’t believe I’m saying that – we used to prepare for school by buying new books and notebooks. And who remembers how we used to cover the books in those brown paper covers just to see them disintegrate a few weeks later? Nowadays kids are preparing for school by buying tablets such as iPads. Back in the days we used to write notes to each other during classes whenever we got bored. And we became sad when our friends were forced to sit far away from us because some classes would get so boring they would inspire us to say, “alhamd leAllah allathi a7yana ba3da ma amatana…” Nowadays, we contact our friends during boring classes using bbm and whatsapp even if they were half way across the world. Time zones become the main limiting factor for such conversations as some people could be asleep at the time of the sent message (maybe in their version of a boring class).
Then of course there are those who spend half the class pretending to type class notes on their tablets when in reality they are on Twitter. It’s like when a teacher asks, “What’s your favorite book?” And the student answers, “Facebook.”
Technology has changed a lot over the years, yet there are still some teachers happy to scribble on a blackboard with chalk, arguing that at least chalks can be used to throw at students who are not paying attention. As it was mentioned in Al Fateh episode of Khawater 8, children are used to smartphones and tabs at home, then when they see the outdated instruments used at school, they could develop schizophrenia.
Thee way schools are preparing children for the real world is like preparing people for war by teaching them how to fight with straws. I’m hoping to dedicate the month of September to post a series on “education” however that would take some time considering how much research the work would probably entail. So if you’re not interested, see you in October in’shAllah.
I’m leaving you with Khawater 8 Al Fateh episode http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Na0BZlqNyv8&sns=em