Sunday, March 29, 2009
29 MARCH 2009
Black, white or colored empowerment is a form of racist empowerment.
It is time that we live up to the ideal to regard all people as equal.
South Africa can become economically strong if she employs the best people for all jobs - regardless of race or color. We need to develop racial color blindness. We all need to become, ‘the people’, Citizens of South Africa.
Students who did not qualify for further education, in the field of their passion, should be encouraged to return to school to improve the marks of their weak subjects. We do not need doctors who can not work out the right dosage of medication per body-weight, or the required infant formula per weight.
Downgrading maths and giving under-qualifying students university entrance, based on a color criterion, can lead to South African universities being regarded as sub standard and South African academics regarded as uneducated.
It may be time we replace black racist empowerment with non-racist economic empowerment.
Today black empowerment gives stupid kids from private schools -who had all the educational opportunities they needed - preference to higher education, while students with top grades, and the ability to become good managers, are forced into career paths for which they hold no interest and does not challenge their capabilities.
It is time we empower the poor and under-privileged students, regardless of race and color.
In South Africa we already have the infrastructure for economic empowerment in place. We just need to take racism out of it. There should never be a need for any person to be classified as any race. The only classification we need is one of Citizenship.
We can grow a strong economy again. It was the persistent divide within the country that destroyed our opportunity to count among the first world nations. We were once the leading African nation, but unfair and ludicrous policies are in a process of leveling that lead. We do not need any more stupid people in high places. It is only hard work honesty and intelligent action that can save us.
We do not need bosses who are milking a company while they wait to be headhunted to milk another company with a bigger bounty.
Where the education system fails, we could replace it with an on-line electronic educational system. The technology is there for that kind of quality education to be available for each and everyone. School computers could be fitted with indestructible tracking devices that record the history of finger print access, face recognition and keystroke activity off-line.
- This system of supervision is needed for student identification during tests,
- to determine how long a student spends on subjects
- as well as making it difficult for thieves to get away with computer theft.
Computer based education can bridge the language barrier.
To help the teachers there can be a system where students from a higher grade supervise one or more students from a lower grade on-line.
The students ability to improve his rank in the class (not necessary the grade) could earn marks towards the final examination of his supervisor.
The ability to supervise and guide workers is an important quality students can become familiar with at an early age.
That means that if your understudy gets the tenth highest marks in the first test and improves to fifth place throughout the year, you should share his success as well as your own student educator whose job it is to supervise your studies as well as the way you supervise the studies of those under you.
School children can become familiar with the hierarchical structure in companies while still at school.
First year university students can supervise the online performance of final year high school students.
This kind of system can bridge the lack of qualified teachers in Africa.
School computers need not be stand alone devices, but can be built as dedicated educational devices which are attached to a mainframe and of no commercial value in order to minimize theft and corruption.
Ex Unitate Vires 29-03-2009
Photograph by Eddie Arpasella
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