One of today’s headlines focused on the 4,000 children who got caught ‘cheating’ in their exams.
The majority of these children were apparently caught using their mobile phones to download answers to their exam questions.
I was so shocked when I heard this – not because I think these children were wrong – quite the opposite, I think they should all be praised and given an award for their ingenuity.
Isn’t it a bit peculiar how, in the twenty-first century, schools test children on the amount of information they can hold in their heads and then regurgitate on demand – when with a couple of clicks on their phones all this information is available to them!
Shouldn’t the schools be testing children on their ability to use electronic devices such as mobile phones and computers to search the World Wide Web for information that will be of use to them within the context of their lives?
It concerns me when I see hundreds of nervous looking children sitting at desks scribbling down pointless facts, figures and formulas that will most likely never surface again from their overloaded brains once they have left school.
Shouldn’t we be seeing lots of confident children sitting, walking or lying down wherever they want to, using a range of electronic devices that they can use to create or access knowledge with?
So, I think the 4,000 children who used their heads and went with the times should be given an award.
There is little doubt in my mind that many of these children, if praised rather than criticised, will go on to be leaders in education and commerce – as they have an innate intelligence to use the best tools available to them to get the job done!
Well done to all 4,000 of them for highlighting how ludicrous our educational system is!
Written by Antonio Farruggia-Bochnak
Co-founder of Dyslexic Brain
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