Today, my fellow TGC crew and I visited the US Embassy in Accra to meet with officials from the State Department and eight Ghanian teachers to hear about the education system in Ghana. While there, they spoke about how students attended classes with 40 to 50 other students in one section and what that means for learning. I cannot imagine teaching 50+ teenagers at one time and it’s only me! However, that is the reality here (and Bloomberg’s dream!) The teachers also spoke about their experience in the US teaching and noted that there is more educational freedom in the US than in Ghana to adapt the curriculum to meet the needs of a child. However, with one teacher I spoke with it seems that their national curriculum is very much inquiry based to help students develop their critical thinking. I cannot say the same of the US with it’s intense focus on standardized testing and rote memorization. I am sure that as I learn more about Ghana’s education system over the next weeks, I will be considering what to implement within my own classroom and career.
On a totally unrelated note, Ghana feels familiar. I am at ease here. Meda ase.
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