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Young people are easily marveled by the extra ordinary. Anything that stretches their imagination gets them hooked. Their choices are influenced by fantasy rather than interest. Technological advancements, stardom, flashy lifestyles are among pull factors that determine important life decisions.
It is on this premise, that I wonder what authority we have to ask out children to follow their interests when the only influential environment they connect with is Instagram. It is easy to preach love for math but it doesn’t spark the same interest as a socialite on Instagram.
Teachers have an added job description now more than ever. With students finding themselves battling competing interests, teachers have a duty to cultivate interest in learners. Students selectively develop interest based on who is doing the guiding and how it is being executed. It is common staff-room banter to hear teachers saying that a certain student doesn’t show much interest in their subject. I usually wonder if the teacher understands that interest is intentionally cultivated and that it spreads like a contagious disease.
Teachers are paid to fake it in class. A geography teacher is not an expert but rather an individual with just enough knowledge to spark interest and curiosity in students. The work of the teacher is that of a guide, to unlock student’s capacity to imagine and know. The geography teacher’s job is successful when their student becomes curious enough to seek more knowledge on the subject.
It is not misplaced when the teaching profession is referred to as a ‘calling’. It involves operating on students’ context and perspective without forcing their way into them. It involves being patient enough to identify and foster learners’ potentials. Certainly, it involves using kindness instead of coercion or intimidation. It is then that a student’s success story can be attributed to a teacher.
The 100% transition policy is part of a global campaign to give all children access to 12 years of learning. Kenya has been making significant strides in ensuring that all children have access to education since the introduction of free primary education in 2003.
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