Date: Friday, September 18th 2015
Participants (from 9 countries):
Pakistan: Ayisha, Sidra | Bangladesh: J.A. | Sudan: Seif | Tunisia: Marwa | USA: Rick, Rebecca | India: J, CS Rajoot | Saudi Arabia: Ibrahim | Vietnam: Kelly | France : Andris
Panel PRO: Ayisha, J.A., Seif.
Panel CON: Marwa, Rebecca, Kelly, Sidra, J
Audience: CS Rajoot, Ibrahim, Andris, Kelly
Panel PRO summary:
- Yes because schools teach children how to behave and show discipline.
- Schools influence children's life in such a way that improves their social skills.
- Schools help children to develop respect towards authority.
- Some schools not only focus their teachings in the subject, also, they teach ethics and manners along with the subjects.
- When going for a higher education to become a teacher, future teachers learn how to consider the different factors while dealing with all kinds of possible students and, schools are a better place to learn such skills.
- In some parts of this world, people will receive a better education and social skills if they at least went to school. For these people, school is essential to improve their social skills.
- People who are studying medicine are being prepared to deal with a patient health-wise.
- Some schools from certain parts of the world, which have military backgrounds, teach things such as behavior, morals and how to deal with aggressors. Although these teachings are forbidden in other parts of the world, these schools have permission to do it and thus students get some “training” which helps them to deal with people.
- The school environment teaches critical life skills, self discipline, building relationships, responsibility, accountability and working towards achieving goals.
Panel CON summary:
- Being educated doesn't always mean that you have the skills to change the world around you.
- Nowadays education has become a materialistic trade: education is given only through money. The more money you have the higher education you can get.
- Schools do not always help or teach students how to behave with other people. There are some aspects in this life that can neither be taught in schools nor through any subject, aspects such as professional life and love, just to mention two.
- Although schools help to shape a person’s identity and personality, the first “school” will always be our own parents, whom are the first people to teach us manners, morals, values, ethics and how to deal with the real world based on factors that are more close and personal.
- Schools have no practical subjects about dealing with the real world, all they teach is technical knowledge. When it comes to dealing with this life, people learn more by experience than by theories.
- Some parts of education at schools do prepare us for the real world but there are many cases where they don’t.
- It is true that education can change the world for good or bad but is it really doing it?
- Education at schools and universities prepares a person for a certain job but can fall short of teaching us everything we need to know.
- Nowadays, most employers base their hiring on resumes assuming things about the candidate. The problem with that is that a person cannot know everything about others by looking at their resume. This can be an unreasonable thing to do because people do vary in terms of their character, how they get along with the staff and many others things that you are not going to know by looking at a resume.
- Schools teach many subjects at the same time and students may not keep everything in their minds. What students often do is to focus on a certain area of interest, for which they develop specific skills but will not leave the other things that are necessary.
- Some schools from certain parts of the world are engrossed in the job market. They prepare students for a particular set of jobs and their subjects have little thing to do with dealing with the real world. For those institutions, those things are not important.
- Although schools can teach something useful to deal with the real world, they do not teach how to deal with things like criticism, relationships, love and other important aspects of this life which we encounter in the daily basis.
- Human life is based on relationships, since we are social species, we depend on other people. Our society is based on social relationships between people and unfortunately, schools do not teach about relationships.
- Schools prepare a person to get a job but they do not teach how to be a good leader. People often need good leaders who can be open minded, good hearted, charismatic and have social skills. Schools do not teach these things; rather these things are only learnt by experience, not by subjects.
- Teachers are not accountable for teaching manners, moral or values. These things can be even forbidden for teachers under certain laws and most parents will want to be the primary source of moral education for their children and not a teacher in a school. For this reason, teachings at schools are focused only on the school subjects and not on any other things such as manners, values, morals, discipline and so on.
- CS Rajoot voted for the team A,
- Ibrahim voted for the team B.
There was tie, so both teams won. There was a technical problem with the call and it could not be continued. We are sorry for that however whatever it could be captured is being posted in the following link:
For people who did not join the live discussion, feel free to contribute the ideas in the comment blanks below.