What makes a good stu­dent, brain or school?

Ba­si­cally, ed­u­ca­tion be­gins from the mo­ment the child is brought home from the hos­pi­tal and con­tin­ues on when the child starts to at­tend play­groups and kin­der­gartens

Weekly Trust - - Lifextra - Eseohe Eb­hota-Akoma & Ba­mas Vic­to­ria

Be­ing ed­u­cated will re­quire that we go to school, but then what makes a good stu­dent - the school or in­di­vid­ual? LifeX­tra takes a look.

Paul Gadzama, a so­ci­ol­o­gist, told LifeX­tra “I be­lieve it’s a com­bi­na­tion of both plus some other fac­tors such as the in­volve­ment of the par­ents at home. I was a Pri­mary One teacher way back in 2005 and the best per­form­ing pupils in my class were those whose par­ents al­ways fol­lowed up on their cur­ricu­lum at home.”

“How­ever, from my day-to­day in­ter­ac­tion with the kids, I dis­cov­ered that the best per­form­ing pupils weren’t nec­es­sar­ily the smartest, they just had more emo­tional and in­tel­lec­tual sup­port and en­cour­age­ment, so it’s safe to say that psychology plays a great role too.”

“Both God-given in­tel­li­gence and school type are con­trib­u­tory to the aca­demic ac­com­plish­ment of a stu­dent. The ef­fec­tive­ness of the school boosts the in­tel­li­gence for easy as­sim­i­la­tion. All-in-all, per­sonal ef­fort crowns it all”, said Ab­dul­jalil Umar, a mass com­mu­ni­ca­tion grad­u­ate.

Muham­mad Bello Sada, a lec­turer, sim­ply said “Well, it can be both and it can go both ways, de­pend­ing on the sit­u­a­tion and cir­cum­stance and it can even be his/her fam­ily back­ground/ up­bring­ing as well.”

David Seventy-eighth Psalmist, spo­ken word artiste, thinks it’s quite iron­i­cal to ac­tu­ally think about it. Ac­cord­ing to him, “Ev­ery school, ir­re­spec­tive of the stan­dard, has ma­jor tech gu­rus (the Bill Gates, Mark Zucker­berg etc) who were never re­ally laurel- clad can­di­dates in school but were of im­pec­ca­ble in­tel­li­gence in life.”

He added “There is a limit to what the school can im­part in a child. And that’s where the brain fac­tor be­comes in­dis­pens­able. The brain, that is if the child de­cides to use and de­velop it, is ac­tu­ally where the in­tel­li­gence is nur­tured.”

Also speak­ing to LifeX­tra, Princess Ajunwa Chia­maka Bless­ing said “Well, I think both are im­por­tant. It’s all a mat­ter of col­lec­tive ef­forts on both ends.

Tunde Ogun­tola, an Abu­jabased jour­nal­ist, said “Far back in pri­mary school, we were told about the four agents of so­cial­iza­tion: the fam­ily, peer group, school and me­dia. Till date, they all re­main valid agents of so­cial­iza­tion.”

“Ba­si­cally, ed­u­ca­tion be­gins from the mo­ment the child is brought home from the hos­pi­tal and con­tin­ues on when the child starts to at­tend play­groups and kin­der­gartens. The learn­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties of hu­mans con­tinue for the rest of their lives but not at the in­ten­sity that is demon­strated in the preschool years. With this in mind, ba­bies and tod­dlers need pos­i­tive early learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences to help their in­tel­lec­tual, so­cial and emo­tional de­vel­op­ment and this lays the foun­da­tion for later school suc­cesses.”

Shar­ing his ex­pe­ri­ence with LifeX­tra, he said “While grow­ing up, my cousin was in Pri­mary Four al­ready, but he couldn’t read or write like his class­mates. We had to seek his con­sent to change his school and his class. When we got to the new school, the head­mas­ter asked him to spell banana, he couldn’t. Same ques­tion was thrown to a girl of Pri­mary One and she spelt it per­fectly.”

“We coun­seled and ap­pealed to him and he agreed to go to Pri­mary One. By the time he got to Pri­mary Two, he had be­come a spelling guru. School mat­ters. The role of good school in mak­ing a good stu­dent can­not be overem­pha­sized,” he con­cluded.

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