What would you ask this group of kids?

On today’s TV show, we’ll be joined by Nathan, Anita and Jordan in London, Jamu in Nairobi, Jahanara in Delhi, and Zeyki in Berlin. They’re all teenagers and still at school. We’re going to start off by talking about if it’s possible to over-educate kids, but you can ask them about any part of their experience at school. If you post your qs here and Krupa will read some of them on air.

10 Responses to “What would you ask this group of kids?”

  1. October 16, 2009 at 13:47

    Considering you are all teenagers,what subjects would you leave out of your education until a much later date.

  2. October 16, 2009 at 14:19

    To Zeyki in Berlin.

    How do you feel about the German policy of enforced school attendance and the illegality of any other form of education unless authorized by the German government? Something quite unique to Germany that was enforced under Hitler in the 1930’s and has never been repealed. And would you, if you had the choice, perhaps adopt another form or style of education? There are for instance many millions of children who elect for homeschooling, and are allowed to without facing criminal charges and enforced separation from their parents by he government of their countries.
    My personal experience of researching the German education system (15 years, including 8 in Berlin and 2 in Bavaria), which also involved trying to start an ‘alternative’ school, is that it is on the whole, outdated, underfunded, uninspiring and dysfunctional, also bullying is common in many schools. Would you say it is fair to force children and their parents to partake in such a system?

  3. October 16, 2009 at 15:37

    Hi everyone,
    Hi Krupa and Ros,

    Here are some questions.

    1- Do teenagers feel that school is a fun to be at or a place where their freedom is curtailed because of rules?

    2- Do teenagers feel that the subjects they learn have any relevance to them as persons or they are just a means to give them an academic level?

    3- What’s your attitude towards violence at school? Is it the result of discontent with the school atmosphere or it is the result of the social changes which make schools look as institutions apart, not responding to teenagers’ expectations?

  4. 4 nora
    October 16, 2009 at 16:30

    Welcome to WHYS and thank you for helping educate us about the state of education.

    Are there skills you want that your school does not teach?

    Does your school have computers that are up to snuff?

    Are traditionally male or female skills taught to both sexes where you are?

    Do you get enough sport at school? Or maybe too much?

    What do you want from your teachers that you are not getting now?

    Does your competitiveness at school depend on having fancy technology at home?

    Do you prefer to be educated in a mixed sex environment or boys and girls separate?

  5. 5 James Ross
    October 16, 2009 at 16:56

    If you were to overhaul the current education system of your country or the whole world over, what sort of reforms or policy changes would you want in place?

  6. 6 Usman Amjad
    October 16, 2009 at 16:56

    I m from Pakistan. My question:
    1)Are you people asked to cram the material at school just for getting position and showing good grades or are you given any concepts about the things or asked your opinions and experiences?Because most schools in Pakistan and India ask their students to cram the material.
    2) Do your schools offer any counseling centers?

  7. 7 maria souza
    October 16, 2009 at 17:01

    Studying in the uae is a totally different ballgame, although the school offers the GCSE syllabus there is a system of co-ordinators where the teachers decide the answers to all questions, these answers are provided to students and they simply study that much and reproduce the answers during the tests. This robs the student of even an opportunity to express himself/herself. Can such a system even be vaguely referred to as education. Where does the process of thought and analysis ever begin in such an atmosphere?

  8. 8 viola
    October 16, 2009 at 17:26

    Where you live, is it the law that all children must go to school until they reach a certain age?

    If it is not the law, do your parents make you go?

    If your parents say it is your choice, have you ever considered not going?

    Are you happier going to school than you would be if you could not go?

  9. 9 vijay pillai
    October 16, 2009 at 19:04

    As a 5 year old i wanted to be an engineer and had the single minded determination to become one. What do you want to be in life when you grow up? Do your parents encourage you to become engineer or doctor in your life? or does it matter at all now ? Do you your parents say that they cant educate you all their life and ask reduce your aim in life or do they say study hard and there are opportunities for scholarhip later?
    Who is your role model- a famous engineer or famous sports star or media celebrity?

  10. 10 scmehta
    October 18, 2009 at 06:45

    Can your teachers keep you interested in your studies? Do you have the guts to complain to your headmaster/principal, if you are not satisfied with the standard of teaching by any one or more of your teachers? Do you think that you natural talent/inclination is being properly guided by your school?

    These are the questions I would like to ask them, and also would like their parents to see to them.

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