Go to school, graduate, and get a job— this is the programmed life goal for an average Nigerian child.
We have all been told that formal education is the only way to live a happy and successful life, but success and happiness are both relative concepts.
I am not advocating against formal education, but I feel artistic, mechanical, and even sport education should be given the same importance as formal education.
I mean, looking back at our secondary and primary school days, there was always this one kid that no matter how much studying he or she does, they never seemed to understand what was going on in the classroom.
But the most amazing thing is, there is something these individuals who have been tagged dummies are good at, something that none of the supposed smart kids can do. And since their gifts weren’t in line with the conventional path of knowledge, they were neglected and made to feel useless.
By the way, looking back now, I feel like some of these kids had learning disabilities, only needed help, but were constantly flogged for something that wasn’t even their fault.
Ignorance isn’t bliss, it’s damaging.