Food For Thought

'I TOUCH THE FUTURE. I TEACH'
-Christa Mc Auliffe

Thursday, 5 November 2020

THE VASTY HALL OF DEATH

According to wikiquote, death is the permanent cessation of all biological functions that sustain a living, physical organism. Death may refer to the end of life as either an event or condition. In many cultures and in the arts, death is considered a being or otherwise personified, wherein it is usually capitalized as "Death"


Certainly life is not a grave, where one trembles before the justice of an Unknown Judge! In keeping with their opinion, scholars have proposed the ingenious consolation: “Man begins to die from the moment of his birth”—a scanty and funereal comfort. But We say that man is eternally being born, and particularly at the moment of so-called death.


I speak about Death as one who knows... There is no death. There is... entrance into fuller life. There is freedom from the handicaps of the fleshly vehicle. The rending process so much dreaded does not exist, except in the cases of violent and of sudden death, and then the only true disagreeables are an instant and overwhelming sense of imminent peril and destruction, and something closely approaching an electric shock. No more!


The bitter, yet merciful, lesson which death teaches us is to distinguish the gold from the tinsel, the true values from the worthless chaff.

The terrible events of life are great eye-openers. They force us to learn that which it is wholesome for us to know, but which habitually we try to ignore — namely, that really we have no claim on a long life; that we are each of us liable to be called off at any moment, and that the main point is not how long we live, but with what meaning we fill the short allotted span — for short it is at best.(Felix Adler)


Just to quote one thought provoking sermon from the Rev.Father who presided over the funeral mass of the late Dr Emmanuel Kosi Dogli at Ave  Posmonu, Ho "Our struggles in this world will never be perfect. But that doesn't mean we should stop struggling." 


As my tears drop and I reflect, I've come to finally accept that, the most important aspect of mans life is his deeds . Your works, your words all count and that,the death of a person serves as a lesson to the living. And as Proverbs 18:21 puts it : “The tongue has the power of life and death.” The stakes are high. Your words can either speak life, or your words can speak death. Our tongues can build others up, or they can tear them down. 


It is also important that in all that we strive for in this life, we should be deliberate in leaving a lasting legacy by bequeathing to our family and society everlasting memories. We should eschew vanities as much as possible. As the good Bible says ,what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and loses your soul. 


#FareTheeWellDrEmmanuel

#NyiSongoLanyeraneDrEmmanuel

#RIPDrEmmanuel

#OhDeathWhereIsyourSting!

#Itiswrittenthatthelastenemytobevanquished is death*

#Every breath you take is a step towards death.

#The vasty hall of death*

#It is not death that a man should fear, but never beginning to live*

#Death is a friend of ours; and he that is not ready to entertain him is not at home*

#MyCondolenceToPatAndYourFamily

Wednesday, 16 September 2020

TEACHER'S VACATION

The walls of the land is weak

Cos the builders are on vacations

The crack reaches the peak

And there are no renovations

Soon self destruct will take place

Cos Teachers have hidden their grace

*Respect Teachers*


Parents screaming in anger

Children dying of hunger

The womb now sees it product

In  a form of danger

Who can control its conduct

Only the skillful manager

*Respect teachers*


The culture is missing

Little ones in the dark are kissing

Discipline has become stagnant

So pretty Teens are getting pregnant

The  counsel is on wrestling 

So the young males are hustling

The world is under torment

Cos the reed of order is bent

No need for arguments

Just agree, Life is a manual

Teachers are the content

*Respect Teachers*


Tell the whole world 

Teachers are the main sword

To cut, to shape, to trim, to screw open and close

When our pains gets overdosed

What springs up destroys the souls

When you trample upon our welfare

You invite the world into a warfare

Once again

They wanted vacations

But now, they are dealing with its complications

To get the world sustained

Never get teachers detained.

By Paa Asante 

Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Another Anthem for Doomed Youth

A country of teaming youth hungry for opportunities and better education, does not deserve this level of primeval backwardness and gross disrespect to law and order. We need nothing but discipline and clean lifestyle from our students or youth as they are our future leaders in waiting. The level of Indiscipline displayed by these students is mindboggling. WAEC must also change its method of conducting the exams to stem the canker. What about our invigilators, school authorities, parents, political actors. Are they culpable in this regard? The answer is obvious.

The earlier we find lasting solution to this examination malpractices and Indiscipline, the better for us all.

Monday, 9 December 2019

NPP government and Teachers of Ghana tussle over salary arears.

From time immemorial government upon governments have reneged upon their promises to make the lots of teachers better.  The use of education and teachers welfare issues on political campaign platforms to get into political power in the 4th republic in Ghana especially around the 2000 to date is a common phenomenon and mind-boggling.

The biggest beneficiary of this, is the NPP government on Free Senior High school ,  restoration of teacher trainee allowance and payment of all legacy teachers salary arears and other mouth watering promises. There is no debate the fact that,  every government that attain political power inherit assets and liabilities and as such should make every effort to work on its liabilities like the case of teachers salary arears spanning 2012 to 2016.

It is almost 3years now Since the New Patriotic Party won power and being in charge but very little has been added or changed for the best in terms of teachers welfare.  It is no surprising this wake up call and industrial strike by the three major teacher unions in Ghana to put pepper into the eyes of the NPP government to fulfill their promises to teachers.

The NPP government has failed on countless occasions when the teacher unions met them to negotiate these payments and this is having serious repercussions on teaching and learning  like frequent absenteeism by teachers, drunkenness, lack of respect for teachers,pregnancies,  indiscipline,  mass failure at BECE just to mention a few.

Just to digress a bit, the government rather prefer to invest in their foot-soldiers by offering them big and corrupt contracts, putting square pegs in round holes to be in charge of state offices to loot us dry.  How can we have more than 120 ministers and cry wolf that Ghana has no money to pay teachers of their well deserved salary arears.  Just think about this insensitivity and crass incompetence of these dudes.

We will continue to strike and fight for our rights until we get our salary arears fully paid into our accounts.

"Solidarity Forever
For The union makes us strong

They have taken untold millions
That they never toiled to earn
But without our brain and muscle not
A single wheel would turn,
We can break their naughty power
Gain our freedom when we learn
That the union makes us strong "
Excerpt from GNAT solidarity song


Aluta continua!!!

Monday, 11 November 2019

SOME PERSPECTIVES OF GLOBAL TEACHER STATUS INDEX

In many professions, it’s easy to overstate the importance of the job. But in the case of our educators, it’s more likely that people will underestimate the importance of teachers in our society. 

For those who have dedicated their lives to teaching others, it’s good to reflect on the vital importance teachers play in shaping the world and learners.

In the debate about how to improve educational attainment, the role of teachers is critical. In deed ,it has become widely accepted in recent years that attracting good quality and well qualified people into teaching is a prerequisite for raising standards. In some of the very developed countries where standards are highest, teachers are recruited from the most qualified graduates all with at least a second degree.

The Global Teacher Status Index is based on in-depth opinion in 35 countries that explores the attitudes on issues ranging from what is a fair salary for teachers to whether they think pupils respect teachers to how highly people rank their own education system.

The global teacher status index started by Varkey Foundation in 2013 and tries to compare the status of teachers across the world.

SAMPLE QUESTIONS:

1. Which occupation is most similar to a teacher in terms of status?

2. Do you think students respect teachers?

3. Would you encourage your child to become a teacher?

4. How many hours do you think teachers work in a week? And how much should they be paid?

SOME FINDINGS OF THE RESEARCH:

1. The research showed that, the better teachers are paid, the greater students outcomes.Looking at teachers salaries can tell a little bit about how well the teachers are treated. Over 20 countries have better teacher salaries than the US relative to other graduates. South Korea, Spain, Canada, Portugal and many others are ahead of US. Italy, Hungary, Chile, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic are behind the US regarding teachers salaries.

2.Money is not everything for teachers. Many people choose this profession for respect. Teachers have the highest status in China, Turkey, Greece, and South Korea. Teachers in countries such as the Czech Republic, Brazil, and Italy don’t command high respect.In the United States, France, Turkey and China, primary teachers are regarded more highly than the secondary teachers. In Greece and China, head teachers are seen as administrative staff and ranked below primary and secondary teachers.
3.The status of educators is examined by finding whether people want their children to become teachers or not.
In China, 50% parents encourage their children to become teachers whereas, in Israel, only 8% parents want their children to choose this profession. In the United States, about 35% parents would encourage their children to become teachers.
4. In US, Brazil, France, and Turkey, people consider the role of teachers similar to librarians. In New Zealand, the teaching job is seen as similar to the nursing job. In Japan, people think teachers to be similar to government managers. In China, people compare teachers with doctors.
5. Among the bottom five is Ghana where Teachers are least respected. A few African countries were used for the research and among them, Ghana came last in terms of teacher prestige or value. 


With the current concern about low teacher status or prestige in Ghana, it seems quite reasonable for educational planners and in the new reforms to consider placing great emphasis on raising the prestige or status. And this can be done through deliberate policies in our arts,movies, music, drama, high salaries as China have done. 


Now we can say beyond doubt that respecting teachers isn't only an important moral duty, its essential for a country's educational outcomes. 


Also, presenting teaching as a profession in which social respect is the only reward is doomed to failure. There is no free lunch for government that want teachers to do more for less.







Friday, 12 July 2019

SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

Share this please for our sisters, mothers ,brothers and girl friends!

1) What should a woman do if she finds herself alone in the company of a strange male as she prepares to enter a lift in a high-rise apartment late at night?
Experts Say: Enter the lift. If you need to reach the 13th floor, press all the buttons up to your destination. No one will dare attack you in a lift that stops on every floor.

2) What to do if a stranger tries to attack you when you are alone in your house, run into the kitchen.
Experts Say: You alone know where the chili powder and turmeric are kept.And where the knives and plates are. All these can be turned into deadly weapons. If nothing else, start throwing plates and utensils all over.
Let them break. Scream. Remember that noise is the greatest enemy of a molester. He does not want to be caught.

3} Taking an Auto or Taxi at Night.
Experts Say: Before getting into an auto at night, note down its registration number. Then use the mobile to call your family or friend and pass on the details to them in the language the driver understands .Even if no one answers your call, pretend you are in a conversation. The driver now knows someone has his details and he will be in serious trouble if anything goes wrong. He is now bound to take you home safe and sound. A potential attacker is now your DE fact o protector!

4}What if the driver turns into a street he is not supposed to – and you feel you are entering a danger zone?
Experts Say: Use the handle of your purse  to wrap around his neck and pull him back. Within seconds, he will feel choked and helpless. In case you don’t have a purse, just pull him back by his collar. The top button of his shirt would then do the same trick.

5} If you are stalked at night.
Expert Say: enter a shop or a house and explain your predicament. If it is night and shops are not open, go inside an ATM box. ATM centers always have security guards. They are also monitored by close circuit television.
Fearing identification, no one will dare attack you.
After all, being mentally alert is the greatest weapon you can ever have.


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Monday, 24 June 2019

BITTER TRUTH- CERTIFICATES ARE OVERRATED

Don't use your little money to pursue PhDs, MPhil, MBA when you have upcoming children to take care of. You can Own Businesses that can have very transformational change in your life than certificates.

Your family can't inherit the Job and Certificates you pursue but they can at least inherit your Printing and stationery business, Agriculture Business, Fast food joint and co.

You can die whilst Pursuing the course, you may be frustrated by the institution and may never complete the course(now your destiny, money wasted), you may never get promoted, motivated even with those certifications.

Life is not about big certificates, but good relationship and how much your life has touch and change people for God. Mention can be made of so many people in our part of the world with few certificates but caused great change in Ghana/ world and beyond like Mensah Otabil, Mother Theresah, Ali Dangote , Asuma Banda , Yaa Asantewaa etc.

Have a Rethink and invest that money in your children and a business now. Too much of certificates doesn't buy you success.

Buy a plot of land by the road today, build shops and create business plans for your children, get them engaged. Jobs should be part-time not a permanent source of survival. Let's think of multiple streams of income as measure to solve our financial challenges . Salaries are meant to be seed money for setting up our permanent businesses and not for consumption.
The president of Kenya puts it better in the above quote.