Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Harm of Formal Education

Let’s admit it – formal education in Ghana and much of Africa is structured to teach young people to read and write, no more.

Fact no. 2 – mass formal education all over the world – whether intentionally or not – kills natural thinking ability and creativity, and teaches humanity to think in a box and stifles their intelligence.

Third, if formal education is not advancing Africa, what shall we do? Perhaps, groups of individuals should come together to think up ways of educating their own children in their own way. They cannot be any worse than the formal system.


  1. Eh this boy kwraaa why? eh?

    You know I was thinking about how much of a sham this eductaion system is. Take me for example, I had had to rer-educate myself after receiving those basic tools. No one teachers how except what. I'm grateful to my literature classes. thinking happened there

  2. Radical, but true. People have to take responsibility for their own education, especially in Ghana where there seems to be an intentional effort to stifle questioning. I used to have a teacher who would respond "obey before complain" to my questions. And that was in a good private school.

  3. Kwame Mensa-Bonsu29 December, 2010

    It's our unquestioning, adult-worshipping culture which, mainly,is the source of our downfall NY, not the educational system. Those who were brought up by modern liberal parents are able to operate anywhere. With the educational system, it depends on where in Ghana you were born, lived and the financial strength of your parents.

  4. @ Nana Yaw Sarpong - Yes I agree that you have to 'unlearn' much of what you are miseducated on in school in order to regain much of your intelligence.

    @ Baafoo - What you said is the crux of the matter. People have to take responsibility for their own education.

    @ Kwame Mensa-Bonsu - I am not sure of the point, but I maintain that the formal system is problematic. Your own point admits that you gain more from your home than your school. And the phenomenon is global - not just Ghanaian or African.

  5. Kwame Mensa-Bonsu31 December, 2010

    I meant one's upbringing completes the academic work. Yeah, its global, but our culture makes things worse. A small example being a very well educated African being unable to look into the eyes of his he doesn't get the job. This being due to how he/she was brought up.


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