The education triangle: Three brains better than one


May 30, 2016

Schools nowadays are faced with enormous challenges to prepare learners for excellence in education. 

Students are struggling to cope with the demands of schooling responsibilities. Parents are divided between admitting to a lack of effort by their children and accusing schools of shortcomings.

For instance, parents often find themselves unsure whether the faith in the abilities of their children is exaggerated or the schools have failed their expectations. It is this confusion among parents which provokes educationalists to share their experience with the public in order to address the alarming lack of motivation among young learners in recent years.

In line with the heading of this article, recalling a science lesson about the fire triangle can serve as an example to identify the real problem. The lesson explains that oxygen, fuel and ignition form the three sides of a triangle that keeps a fire going. Removing any of the sides will extinguish the fire. Similarly, an ‘Education Triangle’ can be assembled with the student, school and parents being the three functional sides.

Thus, a careful examination of the contribution by each side in this triangle might prove to be insightful and could lead to possible recommendations for enhancing the process of teaching and learning. Unfortunately, the common culture in our society these days reveals that schools will never blame their systems completely.

Similarly, the majority of students will not admit to a lack of effort on their part and often blame the teachers for their low grades. Parents adopt a random approach; with some disclosing that their children are not doing enough at home, while others find it easier to shift the blame completely on the school.

Hence, exploring the level of contribution by each side of the education triangle is directed towards assisting children to excel in their education rather than exposing anyone’s limitations. All three sides must approach the contents of this article with an open mind because it attempts to keep the triangle bonded firmly.

(To be continued tomorrow)

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