Some countries have better educational standards & quality than others...
December 22, 2011 5:01am CST
Recently, I met with friends from different polytechnics and universities. Some studied the same discipline while some only have a borrowed idea from their electives. I am from a background on which we rate universities and the performance of graduates of such citadels of learning in the workplace, etc. Some people naturally lack the ability to express themselves either verbally, or written or both. But recently, I discovered that many parents prefer to either send their wards to particular universities or to specific countries to study whatsoever. Some are of the opinion that standards are different. Some believe the quality linked to availability of practical equipments is higher in some countries like US, Britain, Australia, Russia, Germany, etc. But a closer look at this opinion proves that the student is the sole determinant and not necessarily the school system and curricula. To some, course contents are the same across the globe. but I know some schools may not have some specialist lecturers for some courses. Do you think the quality and standard could be better in some countries or which countries do you think are better than others academically? Meanwhile, if you were to send your child to a university, which countries would you prefer and which would you discard, and WHY?
22 Dec 11
I think perhaps the greatest difference is between the dialectic and the didactic approaches. It has been said that Britain is the prime example of the former and having learned a little of education in Japan, I would imagine that to be an example of the latter. all the best urban
23 Dec 11
By dialectic I mean establishing truth by of the matter by dialogue, with reasoned arguments. Walk into a British university and you will find students arguing, sometimes animatedly with the lecturer By didactic I mean what has been called, 'chalk and talk, where the lecturer talks and the students take notes. Walk into a Japanese university and the only person talking will be the lecturer (I am told) all the best urban
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23 Dec 11
I discover three aspects in arguments: argue to learn, argue to teach and argue to maintain your standpoint of stupidity. Asking questions may not be completely seen as arguments I do not think any of these dialectic and didactic approches are responsible or can make some countries to be preferred when deciding where to study.