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A Dumber Generation?

29 Mar

Today, the NECO Nov/Dec SSCE results went public and I can’t help but feel sad about it.

With news headlines like  NECO records another mass failure and Another mass failure as NECO releases results greeting me as I opened my newsfeed, one begins to wonder wonder: what is up with the Nigerian education system.

While some people want to attribute this new trend on the younger generation being unserious and less focused, what with distractions from technology and the media, I can’t help but ask: what are the teachers and parents doing? A child cannot have been a straight A student in his continuous assessment and just flunk woefully when final exams come.

Students should be monitored on a regular basis and helped where it seems they are lacking to prevent such appalling results which disgrace not just them and their families, but the nation too. Our education system really needs a reassessment.

Mini rant done.

Stumbling Into Grace By Lisa Harper

2 Feb

So, today I figured I’ll put up a review of Stumbling into Grace. Its a book on spiritual growth using real life experiences.  It reads like a conversation between good friends and Lisa Harper shares secrets and tips on the walk of faith and I like how it’s more like she is gisting with me than lecturing me. The use of modern terminologies to explain scripture also made me see things in a different, clearer light.

Although I read this book all at once at first, because it is that engaging, I will definitely be reading it over and over again; the next time, like a devotional. She has Group discussion and journal entry pages for every chapter for you to reflect on.

I will recommend this book for anyone, anyone at all. There is something in it for the old, the young, the good, the ‘bad’. As long as you are human, you’ll take something meaningful from it.

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What skill would you most like to learn in 2012?

15 Nov

Growing up, the one thing I always wanted was to be a Tech Guru. That has been my longest lasting passion (right next to wanting to draw, which I always thought was innate but apparently it can be acquired, I think I should add that to this list; and playing the violin); and for a neophiliac like me, that’s something short of amazing.

I’ve loved gadgets for as long as I can remember and frankly, I’d rather spend my time in front of my PC than with people. I remember going on a trip with my father and sister when I was about 10, and I was in front of the desktop almost all through the 2 weeks learning to type (I typed the whole bible and then some) and playing Lion King: Simba’s Pride. Good times. Then I went back to school after that holiday and I was the computer guru in my class; finished typing even before my teacher B)

Things pertaining to technology have just a

lways fascinated me but the sad part is that I have no formal education with regards to that. Blame it on bad decisions, succumbing to pressure, and indiscipline on my part.

So you ask what skill I would most like to learn in 2012 and that’s it, I want to be an awesome programmer. The different languages intrigue me; Python, C++, and then I discovered Ruby (on rails) recently and I fell hard. I would have loved to go for classes and get the certifications I crave but in my current financial state, I might have to teach myself, which also sounds like fun. Fingers crossed, I’ll get off my lazy behind and make this happen in 2012.

…we’ll leave the drawing and violin classes for next year’s a post a day challenge maybe?