Personal growth, capability enhancement, memory improvement and community adjustment are irreplaceable components of the term “education” that have to be developed in children’s minds by schools’ teachers. Theoretically. However, my personal experience of acquiring such skills demonstrates slightly different picture. I can voice a view from three statuses I have such as a child, a relative and a friend that influenced my perception of urban education.
As a child … My school was an ordinary, state one with thirty-two children in the class, with shortage of books and overloaded curriculum. The eleven years I spent at school were incredible with those thirty-one classmates who have pretty different backgrounds, various short-range and long-range objectives for their lives. The stage of having many children within one classroom is a common feature of urban education but assumed as the problem because psychological condition and learning activity can suffer from overcrowded classrooms and time poverty. I grew up in such conditions, my classmates and I were just on our own. Things happened. Teachers mainly could not individually pay attention to every child that is why there were some volunteers who usually came to the front and answered. Not me. So, the school somehow developed my personality, memory and some skills but unfortunately being an activist is not my cup of tea.
As a relative … I have noticed that my little niece suffers from overloaded curriculum at school that makes her compare it with something malicious and tedious. Every single day is full of lessons with a heap of home tasks. And I do not mean that 6 lessons a day is too many, I mean current developments connected with trilingual education that are being implemented at schools. Her classmates and she were not illuminated about new program, so they feel confused. Instead of acquiring new skills and bury herself in school books, she refuses to do homework or does it just for a show. However, I recollect her ambitions about going to schools and being a well-known doctor whose relatives have robust health. One thing that forces her to get up every morning and attend the school is her classmates.
As a friend … I have several friends with children. And they have challenges with children’s home tasks because of new implementations these days at Kazakhstani schools. Mostly, children ask for a help and parents struggle to do their homework. So, new system can lead to knowledge acquisition by parents not by children.
Eventually, updating urban schools’ system can pull strings and be either success mission or just a screwjob. However, all the people have to be involved in high-quality urban education from scratch because further actions will depend on the earlier shaped worldview.