Sat. Sep 24th, 2022

The children of today are suffering from information overdose and poor education. Television and movies feed a massive amount of data. The trouble is that this is all preprocessed. When one watches a movie or sits in front of the television one’s eyes are engaged and the images feed us all the information that we require. Thus, we no longer have to exercise our imagination in deciding for ourselves what the hero, or villain, or fantasy location looks like.

Action scenes are thoroughly fed to us so that if you are watching fight or a car chase, we are being entertained, but you haven’t had to do any intellectual stretching to achieve this. Very few movies find one being intellectually stimulated. Many are absorbing but few actually truly make us think.

Books on the other hand provide stimulus for the imagination. When reading a page of text, one has only to engage their intellect to conceive the scene. Only good writers can engage and excite our intellect in order to make up such fantastic details. Reading a well-written book grows our minds.

Thus it is with education. The children of today have become very capable in text speech and many of them can program computers better than their parents. However, the trouble with text speech is that it usually contains bad spelling and terrible grammar.

This can seem trivial and nitpicking, but is a prime symptom of the poor education that our children are currently being given. This is the education that will affect their future lives. They only get one chance at it, and the one permanent contribution we can give our children is a good education.

Mathematics is the probably the single most important element here. In order to do math, one must have been grounded in basic arithmetical skills as well as the ability to reason logically. People who excel at mathematics have been diligent at learning all the steps. It is like building a wall, the foundations had to be solid and every brick must be in place for the wall to be complete. If one tries to skip any of the steps then massive challenges face any future progress.

Learning the language is similarly important. English, unfortunately, is not an easy language. It has a massive vocabulary, an arbitrary rule book and unique exceptions to these rules. Languages like Japanese have very strict rules, very few exceptions, and as such easier to learn and speak well. (The writing is difficult, however).

Many other languages have smaller vocabularies and simple grammar, while Chinese is inflected, and so is extremely difficult to learn. But it is vital that if one wishes to make themselves understood language should be used correctly. Nothing gives a worse impression than a badly written paper or article, no matter how well the grasp of the subject.

By rahul