If there was one thing I could change to improve education in my country…

I am not Italian by birth but I have lived and worked here for eighteen years, am married to an Italian and have an Italian passport. I have nine years teaching English experience in Italian primary and secondary schools. These conditions permit me to consider Italy as “my country” for this article. One of my

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The Geode

If there was one thing I could change to improve education in Nigeria, it would be the prioritization of courses/fields of study taken in the tertiary institutions. By this I mean, if given the chance, I would change the idea of setting a particular course above the others by attaching so much importance to one

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Be cool and stay in school, enlightenment is key to living a happy life

Introduction I strongly believe that every teenager should strive to put maximum effort into his or her school studies as it opens the door to a plethora of opportunities and makes one more enlightened. However contrary to many people’s beliefs, I do not believe that school necessarily determines one’s future success or failures. From personal

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“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest”

I support the funding of higher education despite the tight finances because there are countless reasons why we should support education. Educating our youth is more worthy than other forms of investment. This is because of an obvious reason: they are our future. They are the ones to take care of us in our old

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Change what I’m studying the way I’m studying it

If it were up to me I would say the content needs to change. Education in India has been the same for the last few decades. I see the same content in textbooks today as it was when I studied, a good ten years ago. Politics has changed, science, technology and even banking has changed.

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The curious case of the Parrots without Purpose

On a global scale, the educational landscape of today is laden with wonderful initiatives such as the Engineers without Borders, led by people who are dedicated to the advancement of engineering education worldwide. While in the realm of humanitarianism and medicine, Doctors without Borders is an important milestone. However, in Pakistan we have, of sorts,

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Our Demigod Dream

Who are we? The dwellers of earth, is that enough? We can imagine aliens and monsters, doodle them in notebooks, but do we really know anything? The thing we do know is who we are. So when our imaginations look for fantasies, we see only ourselves. We look to our past; we look to our

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Humour and Fanaticism

Some people, especially in the political and ideological spheres, really do deserve laughing it. Otherwise, if they were ever to have power or even influence, it would be no laughing matter for the rest of us. Humour is the necessary antidote to fanaticism, ideological intolerance, single issue orthodoxies, conspiracy theories, and collective delusions, which have

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Free Education for Poor People

Education’s issue in Indonesia has been debated countless time. Education is a crucial matter as it plays major roles to form moral quality of society and as a primary basis for people to develop a nation in diverse aspects: economy, political, social, science and technology. However, the fees of high-quality schools in my country are

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Imagination over Knowledge

Imagine setting foot, in older times, on the flocculent ground of an alternate dimension; it is a macrocosm, which is utterly different from the one we have always known, despite having been just at our fingertips since the beginning of time. I truly believe that Einstein was justified when he stated that, ‘Imagination is more

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Changing the Mode of Conducting Examinations in Nigeria

Introduction If there is ever anything l would change to improve education in my country, it is THE MODE OF CONDUCT OF EXAMINATIONS. Currently, examinations are a disaster to both parents, students, the government and teachers. It is generally not a true reflection of students’ knowledge and capabilities -to a great extent- and is in

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The Magic of Myth

Myths have existed as long as history goes back. They seem inextricable from other facets of human life and often become more extraordinary when written and read during hard times. Human beings cling to them nowadays as exciting tales with many a relevant message and in the past, they were seen as established fact. Myths

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“Those who can’t laugh at themselves leave the job to others.”

I always find it interesting when one is asked to ponder or debate something that will continue to exist despite whatever is said about it. When all is said and done, there will be people who exhibit the ability to laugh at themselves and there will be others who do not exhibit that ability. With

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If there was one thing you could change to improve education in your country…

Britain’s education system can be neatly summarised in this humorous anecdote from the 1950s: news was brought to Evelyn Waugh that his friend Randolph Churchill (son of Winston) was in hospital. After enquiring why, Waugh was told that doctors had found a non-malignant tumour and he was having an operation to take it out. Waugh

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Developing Development, Making the World a Happier Place

I have been educated in two countries: Switzerland and the UK. If I could change one thing about the education in these places it would have to be the amount of knowledge taught about the developing countries of today and their on-going, as well as decreasing, poverty. In my last years of high school I

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If there was one thing I could change to improve education in my country…

Reading culture is dying in Nigeria. A tiny number out of about 160 million people have healthy reading habits institutionalised. Majority just enlist into various schools. Many have graduated. They are all for the obtainment of certificates. This habit is causing our country harm. Half-baked educated people dot the streets. Reading of books isn’t taken

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Education is not the filling of a pail

I can vividly say emphatically that I strongly agree with the quote that education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. The quote is almost certainly apocryphal and it must have generated a lot of controversies among the global populace. But I belief this is one of a harmful

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In the Future, Children will still use pencils

Without mincing words I can vividly say that children will still use pencils in the future. This is as a result of it continuous usefulness and it properties. People might said, we are in the age of globalization in which all the world is a stage as put by William Shakespeare, but that does not

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