By Hwaa Irfan
When one hears reference to improving the education system from the establishment, the pronouncement usually falls on deaf ears – a matter of experience is the reason. Then again, we all have different notions of what ‘education’ means. In the original sense, the Latin, the idea of ‘improving’ education, became totally unrelated once ‘education’ became the tool by which governments use to mold and manipulate students into their image of a good citizen. This has been more so the case since 2005 when via the auspices of UN agencies, the global education agenda has become a means by which to ensure a compliant and submissive labor force, and citizenry in service of the global elite. It has been cleverly phased in, making us uninformed willing partners in the dumbing down of our children.
This is no less evident, when in the recent report it has been found rather than discovered that American children in general have a poor grasp of vocabulary. The report by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Centre for Education Statistics biennial National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), or the Nation’s Report Card, a federal study might have less to do with finding out what is lacking, and to do something about it, and more to do with being a form of a progress report on how well our children are being dumbed down, i.e. made stupid.
This comes in the midst of low English language performance. Though the report is the first in analyzing vocabulary as an issue, there is little that schools can do without the external environment improving its own vocabulary e.g. media. The report found that:
- Top 25% of 4th Graders scored 255 points on a scale of 500
- Bottom 25% scored 177 points
From the point of view of academic learning and achievement, language impacts on all other subjects. How often does a teacher find students struggling to understand a subject, simply because they do not have the vocabulary to understand the subject. How many children will not attempt a task because their unrefined tools of language are ill equipped to tackle the task. In fact, from the point of view of the children, the subject is defined as difficult in an age when immediate gratification has been entrained into their relationship with themselves, others and the world around them, which becomes very limited.
From a personal point of view, their experiences and ability to express those experiences is thwarted by the lack of adequate vocabulary to explain it to themselves, let alone anyone else. This is what happens when one holds education in a position that once was, by handing over one’s child lock stock and barrel to do the job so to speak.
Then there are those older students, the students that have already gone through the compulsory education system, and have hopes of moving onto higher education, which is not compulsory, and has to be paid for by the recipient. With the real cost of a degree in the U.K. approaching £100,000 as a result of the interest fees that banks are banking on to maintain and increase their profit margins. To pay back the loan one has to be rich in the first place, but not willing to pay it one lump sum. The reality raised by a U.K. government report is the expected life time pay back on the loan, therefore guaranteeing a constant income for the corrupt banking system. The report even considers this to be normal with graduates who get well paid jobs, paying back in a shorter time. That will not be the case for both the middle and working classes in a class riddled society.
- 70% of the 300,000 students who entered higher education this autumn will repay £65,000 – £85,000.
- Others will end up paying £85,000 – £100,000.
The lowest life time earners happen to be women who will end up paying back over a 30 year period. The only benefit is that the debt outstanding after that period is at the moment written off. This at least will give some idea on how to ‘regulate’ the first 30 years if one lives that long!
It is believed the government rushed through higher fees without thinking about the consequences, but here is one who is not convinced! Even if the uncalculated risk of fewer students taking up higher education, that means more fodder, i.e. proletariats for the establishment. The Independent conveys one case study:
Tamara Hassan, 19, was put off by soaring student debt. Earlier this year, she completed her A-levels at Epping Forest College and began looking at university psychology courses…
“The trebling of the fees was a large part of not wanting to go in the end,” she said. “By the time I came out of university, I would be in so much debt without any work experience and looking for a job that might have nothing to do with my degree, so I started looking at apprenticeships instead. One of my brothers went to university before the fees were trebled, and it took him five years to get a job and he’s still paying back his debt. Another brother didn’t go and he has the best job of all of us so I just wanted to start working.”
Ironically Tamara now works for customer services at Not Going to Uni website. She notes a 60% increase in applications for apprenticeships.
The face of education and work might be changing, but not necessarily in the manner that is ill conceived by the global elite One Government lot. In Islam, one can only be judged by one’s intentions, because in reality, that is what one has control of. As the global elite One Government lot try to centralize and control more, they might find that they are in fact the incentive towards greater independent thinking and a more creative life!
The reverse is what has been happening in the U.S. and the U.K., when one has handed one’s life over to the state, greater depression, increased suicides, and scenarios painted by Andreas Schleicher, special adviser on education at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), says the U.S. is now the only major economy in the world where the younger generation is not going to be better educated than the older.
Gallagher, P. Revealed: How the Cost of a Degree is Now 100,000″ http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/revealed-how-the-cost-of-a-degree-is-now-100000-8395989.html
US becomes a country of ‘downward mobility’ http://www.presstv.ir/usdetail/276466.html
“US students struggle with vocabulary.” http://www.presstv.ir/usdetail/276981.html