Linking the schools with fiber optics? Laptops in classrooms? Electronic curricula? Supposedly world-class education initiatives? ERfKE (Education Reform for the Knowledge Economy)?
Why don’t we stop bullshitting ourselves?
- A Zero-Tolerance policy for schools without functioning bathrooms and heating?
- A drastic raise of salaries for teachers, coupled with a ruthless evaluation of what the teachers do?
- Sending those responsible for the foul school meals to a desert prison for a couple of months?
- Taking a hard look at how cheap and tasteless the books for elementary classes look?
How about getting back to School 1.0 instead of claiming we are going for School 2.0.
Al-Ghad’s Ayman Al Safadi has been highlighting the broken public schooling system in Jordan in recent articles. HM Queen Rania has been making surprise visits to some schools to see for herself what is going on.
Lack of funding for public schools?
Safadi rightly notes that we are setting the country up for a disaster if things go on like this in the public schools. Frustrated, underpaid and under-trained teachers have been, for the past two decades, been put in charge of shaping the future generations of Jordan. And we’re starting to get some of the results now.. And more is still to come.
In Jordan, one cliche we always like to repeat, is that we have good human resources because of our investments in education. That might have been true in the 60’s and 70’s. And to be fair, literacy rates in Jordan are probably the highest in the Arab region. But being proud of literacy is no longer an option!
How come we still have schools where little girls have to shiver in the winter?
Everywhere we look in Amman, stuff is getting built: Bridges, tunnels, malls, villas, skyscrapers, mosques, government buildings, a new airport.. How the heck cannot be there be enough money too fix the school buildings.
Yes, we are fast approaching a brick wall. Whatever advantage we had in education has probably been already eroded. Frustrated young people, in their hundreds of thousands, are being pumped out by the public school system. What this will translate into is unemployment, extremism and generally a ‘dumber’ Jordan.
FIber optics are important. I am all for laptops. multimedia and the web in the classroom. But we have to face the brutal reality. If Jordan doesn’t start now with an extremely serious basic education revolution we are all screwed.
Read these related posts on 360east:
- When underprivilged/female Jordan teaches the privileged/male Jordan a lesson
- Mobile video exposes brutality in a Ammani girls’ school
- Back to School (and the horrible schoolbooks Jordan’s children are given)
- Jordan’s Universities: watching as we destroy our future
- Construction accident knocks out 360east for several hours
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