The cramming method of education is criticized often within Korean society. Recently,we heard all kinds of reasons for the Sewol tragedy, and even the education received, was mentioned as one of the reasons for the disaster.
journalist for the Catholic Times in her column begins with the words
from a learning pamphlet that advertised their methods: "Lets
us work in improving ourselves, knowingly and quickly, quickly."
who have been brought up with the cramming method of education, the
pouring in of knowledge, will have difficulty, she says, improving
themselves having been exposed only to this method. Without direction,and help in knowing what to do, the carrying out of what is expected will be
mentions a documentary that she saw recently. It compared our lecture
halls and those in foreign countries. Our preferred teaching
environment shows the students with their note books and writing
material listening to their professors. This is the method they have
been taught and even when in college find difficult to discard.
In her writing assignments she has seen changes in the way the educational
programs are being conducted in a number of parishes, with the
interaction and collaboration of teachers and those in attendance. She gives the example in making plans for summer camp programs, where all
meet together to discuss different proposals. The idea is to be
involved in the process and take responsibility for the results.
journalist reminds us that it is better to teach a person how to fish
than to feed the person fish. When we are directly involved in the
learning process, we come away with understanding and a change in our
way of thinking.Creativity and passion is nurtured.She has seen this in a number of her assignments, which
gave her great joy.
result of our educational programs for our Catholics is being
reevaluated by some, for the past results were not always positive. Much is memorized and knowledge of what the Church teaches is conveyed, but there
is little passion or understanding of the reasons we
believe. Yes, we believe, but it is with the whole body and not only with
an act of the will to believe. We should be able to give an intelligent
answer for the reasons we believe. Our faith teaches us much more
than we can know from reason, but it is not opposed to reason. We use
reason to better understand our faith. Our faith is 'in search of
understanding', which is what theology is all about. St. Thomas said
grace builds on nature:"Faith implies reason and perfects it." Our faith
allows us to be more reasonable.