I was having one of those conversations and discussing with an older parent as regards the Nigerian educational system and her response actually had me thinking.
After a school has satisfied the bulk of your requirements, what do your kids actually learn in school? I have always argued that we value book intelligence over emotional intelligence in Nigeria. This of course is merely my opinion. For instance the average three year old in Nigeria can read and write basic things, while the average American three year old knows their name, they are just learning to handle a pencil but can help serve the food, tidy up etc.
I have two nephews that are 10 months apart. The one in Nigeria is in primary 3, the one in America is in 1st grade. There is a difference in how they both relate – one is very cerebral and the other is more process oriented- I can make breakfast for the house, help wash off baby bro in the shower, assist with groceries etc. I spent a lot of time in America in 2016 and had the luxury of spending a lot of time with Americana and I would ask what they learnt in schoo and it would be totally random stuff like how to make a cake. And when you ask him what the lesson was – he will tell you so they can learn that in life many things follow steps. Nigerian on the other hand comes home with a backpack full of homework and you wonder when he has the time to be a child.
So we got talking further how as kids we knew our neighbors, rode our bikes outside, played hopscotch etc.
Make no mistake- Nigerian teachers graduate from the same system irrespective of where they teach. So is the teacher in that high end school necessarily better than their counterpart on the other side of town?
We essentially came to the conclusion that we pay for our children to socialize with a certain set of kids. Lagos especially is segregated along socio economic lines so my guess is folks are looking to make sure their kids socialise with the “right set”.
Are you in agreement with this? Please share your thoughts…