There is a Chinese saying that if you are planning for one year, harvest rice and if you are planning for 10 years cultivate your land, but if you are planning for 100 years, educate your people.
What does educate means in this saying? Does it mean to pass examination and get good grades?
I think it means to educate people in a good sense, to help them become wise, problem solvers and decision makers, and to develop them into humans who have a positive approach towards self and the society.
The education system of our nation, Pakistan, except maybe for some schools and teachers, is training our students to get good marks and pass their examination. Wisdom, values, creativity and problem solving are not important for our schools, teachers, parents and policy makers.
Our approach should be to educate the future generations to broaden their minds, to make them wise, build their leadership skills, polish their creative potentials and nurture their skills, so that they are able to live their life up to their potential and get ready to lead the nation and the human kind.
This, however, seems to be a far-cry.
I am afraid that if we will go in the same manner without changing our schooling system and teaching methods our students will be able to read and write only. They will fail on all other counts.