Education is perceived in different ways depending on various factors. Many parents and students alike go through the process in a passive way and keep moving forward simply because the system pushes them forward. This may lead toward destinations which are not necessarily according to their wishes, nor beneficial for their future prospects. It is a requisite in this whole discourse that before expecting answers, we ought to decipher the level to which parents and students alike feel not only involved but also the owners of their own journey in education, free enough to put forward their opinions on their education, considering an attitude from parents/guardians towards the experience that student is passing through and whether the former allow the latter to walk through paths which may seem unheard of or even leading to fruitless trajectories. The discernment including different possibilities is certainly a philosophical argument which is more concerned on the freedom and liberty of the individual rather than the institution (be it the class or the school). The class or school environment should be scaffolded upon the individuals’ personal perception of freedom within the system the s/he operates. Students and parents perceive freedom according to their different points of view within the context of formal education. They may or may not think they are in control of the educational journey and whether the choices made are in fact the result of their decision, reflecting their opinion within an educational system which dictates a menu of choices.
Antoine Azzopardi, Saint Michael School, Malta
Stream: Learning Experiences
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