Nurture critical thinking among SA youth
ANY logical-thinking South African can see that South Africa is facing a rather bleak future. The youth of this country stands to inherit the country 15 or 20 years from now.
But it begs the questions: does South Africa have logical-thinking youth who do not just accept every slogan thrown at them? Do we have youth who analyse, question and manage situations?
Seemingly, logical thinking is a rarity among South Africa’s youth. A logical-thinking youth would not easily fall into a trap of becoming a reactionary.
Bell Pottinger, if we paid any attention, exposed the vulnerability of our youth’s capability to think, to say, “But hang on, why are we suddenly being fed this when we should be dealing with that?”.
It is not clear whether state capture was more difficult to fight, or strangling each other based on racial lines (thanks to Bell Pottinger) came more easily. But whatever it is, it is owed to how South Africa’s education system grooms the future of South Africa’s critical thinking.
Sloganeering is the death of South Africa. If our education system produces reactionaries, corrupt elements will always occupy the Union Buildings until the education system begins to invest in critical thinking – as opposed to “go to school and find a decent job”, a decent job where the real work is done by people who come from an education system that taught them to stretch their minds as far as they could to become global competitors.
Populism will not be seen as the No 1 enemy of the future of South Africa if the education system produces what I call “educated fools”.
Our education system should be grooming children to be critical thinkers, the kind of critical thinking that will alleviate poverty, youth unemployment, junk status, corruption, state capture, and be resistant to populism, racism, tribalism and the like.
South Africa needs to stand up for education, and call for a change so we rest knowing our children are left with a country that is functioning, and they’re building on the progress and successes.
NTUTHUKO DUMAKUDE, VIA E-MAIL