Tanzania Paper INT 360

Within the developed formal education system the goal

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Unformatted text preview: lacing them with abstract knowledge and academic ways of learning. Today, there is a grave risk that much indigenous knowledge is being lost and, along with it, valuable knowledge about ways of living sustainably. With lost indigenous knowledge, there is also a lost sense of cultural identity. As indigenous culture is being lost, so are its values. Through developed education the focus is put on creating a workforce instead of creating a person, as the Chagga people would believe it to be. This loss of culture starts immediately when children are forced to go through an education system taught in English. They are not able to expand their communication skills in their native tongue, but instead using the English language, which often has terrible effects on scores they receive from the standardized tests that are taken. These children are not performing well academically, not because they are unintelligent, but because they are being taught through a system that they do not understand. This system also has very little accountability, which affects children psychologically because they are constantly reaffirmed that they are not cared about and their culture is not valued within the flawed education system. As Albert Einstein once said, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid” (Einstein). Every child is intelligent, but they often lose a sense of self ­belief within themselves when 10 they are constantly receiving poor scores on academic tests. Every community and country is different. There should be an education system that is built on these differences and to create a unique formalized education that is rel...
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This note was uploaded on 01/31/2014 for the course INTSTUDS 399 taught by Professor Professortriller-fry during the Fall '13 term at DePaul.

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