Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Moving Up in Education

Revised Bloom's Taxonomy

My Sociology professor showed us this pyramid in class today. It's the revised version of Bloom's Taxonomy. It is a useful tool to evaluate how students (i.e. us) are doing in school. The further up we go in this pyramid, the better we are at grasping the knowledge.

When I look at this pyramid and think about the education system that I'm currently in, I can't help but think that I may be lingering mostly on the bottom of the pyramid (Remembering/Memorizing).

The best that I have been to is probably the Applying level (I might even poke into the Analyzing level a little bit), partly due to the help of teachers and my own personal motivation. I believe both elements are essential in order to move up the pyramid - mentor's support and personal motivation. If I'm not interested in the subject, I won't invest my energy in it. If I don't have my mentor's support, I may get lost.

But still, why can't I go further up even if I have both? I believe one of the main factors is the 3rd element - the system. The system calls for something other than the building up of unique individual minds. The system paints all students in one color. The system calls for remembering and memorizing in order to ace the exams. After all, that's what matters most right? At least, that's what we're being educated towards.

If we want to change this, then we must educate ourselves away from the current path the system pushes us towards - from being memorizing robots to being creative humans. Great individuals in our history weren't memorizers, they were creators. They create and develop ideas. They make the world a better place.

My rant for the day.

I hope we can go all the way up the pyramid. Insha Allah.