Q' lypse wrote:You confuse resilience and discipline with the standard of education in US. Africans thrive in Europe and the States because we wanna aim higher. We've come from poor and hard knock lives, we hoping to make things better back home by giving all our best. This is like a woman working twice as hard in a working environment dominated by men to get a higher position. Africans from such bad backgrounds find it tough so they study their as.ses off, becoming the best. This happened to one of my uncles in Pretoria University in the early 90s. His 1st test at varsity he got like 10%. The whites were like ah, we said it, these niggas just don't have it. Then he sat down, became serious, he was the best, getting a double scholarship. The 1st black graduate from Pretoria University (masters) SA.
You are being stubborn. I've already told you whats up, using English as an example but you are still going at it. Its nice to feel compassionate about your nation but our Ghanaian curriculum simply sucks. The contents of the subjects are weak. The resources come later and the resources you seem to be talking about is the curriculum. This means the whole education system needs to be changed.
C'mon wofa, Q. Resource's =/= curriculum. In Ghana you might be familiar with an entire class having to share a limited amount of books (not enough for everybody). But here in the states they even give each student a graphing calculator ($100+) free to take back and forth from home to school in high school. That's what I mean when I say resources. How many people can easily get access to a computer and internet in Ghana? Here in the states, computers are free and wi-fi internet is available at many places. "I don't have a computer or internet access" is not an acceptable excuse here. Can we say the same about Ghana? You have probably heard or even experienced stories of crazily brilliant young men and women in Ghana who have to resort to doing things which don't make full use of their brain powers because there's a lack of money at home to take them to school. Here in the states, you can get a scholarship because you're black. That's what I mean by resources. Get me?
Your uncle's story is inspiring. But it's also about learning from your failures in life hence you mentioned "he got serious" which to me sounds like he played around in the beginning. And South Africa is still the African continent, abi? Leave the African continent and come into the states.
Today some international buddies of mine and I were eating and they were comparing school systems back home to the states and how they find the states so easy. Because here in the states, there are things like grading curves, the guy who gets a 92 and the guy who gets a 98 both get an A so there's no difference. Whereas it's not like that back home. In many places, after high school you go straight to med school, engineering, or whatever so that means if you screw up on the entrance exam you're done. Here in the states, you can fail high school, get a GED, to a community college, build yourself up transfer to a 4 year college and still get into med school. Isn't there like one exam for the whole entire school year in? So basically screw up on that one exam and you're done then, right? Here in the states they drop your lowest grade. But maybe I'm just a kid and I don't know anything and I'm being stubborn like you're saying. Go ask Obielord about some of the international students who come to his med school (mind you Obie attends an Ivy league school)
Like I said, resources and opportunity are here in the states. On the internet alone, I can learn so much. In Ghana, how many kids can afford to stay on the internet the whole day and learn? Kids were coming to school with rice sacks as bags.
This English that you're talking about, there are American's who are worse than John Mensah. When I got to the states at just 8 years old, I lived in a "ghetto" section for a bit. My classmates used to say things like "I aint do nothing". I was speaking with a STRONG Ghanaian accent but my English was spot on. There were about 3 times where my teacher a Greek woman
made a comparison between me and my classmates. I used to get teased for my accent but she said I speak better English than them.