Monthly Archives: October 2014

What is the Purpose of Education?

This question might not seem to be very significant. But then, it is said that if one does not know or define the purpose of a thing, abuse and misuse is inevitable. As such, it must be important that we explore the question and attempt to get hold of an answer.

 

For many, the purpose of education is to teach or pass across knowledge and skills, and so that is where all expectations end. Learners who embrace this definition or concept expect to be spoon fed with knowledge. But what if we add the following to it:

 

  • education as a means of nurturing the ability to think, to question, and to analyse;
  • education as a means of helping individuals learn how to learn by themselves; and
  • education as a means to help each individual discover himself and his own unique potentials.

 

Those additions would turn education into a much more potent tool. Also, it would make it a much more exciting process that individuals would look forward to. Instead of students and people only learning to do things, they also learn to learn. Education should not serve a single purpose.

 

Instead of education being a process to make people into pre-defined molds, it becomes a tool to help each individual become. Education becomes an exciting journey of self-discovery, whether in or out of school. As such, people are able to constantly and continually learn on their own even when they have been outside the four walls of school for years. Education then equips individuals to grow and evolve in a rapidly changing world.

 

What do you think? Did we leave out anything you may feel education should include? You tell us!

What Storybooks Did You Read As A Youngster?

The years roll by and times change. As a youngster, you likely read certain storybooks as part of your upbringing. Most likely, in your earliest reading years, you read quite a number of fairy tales like, “Jack And The Bean Stalk”, “Cinderella”, “Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs”, “Beauty And The Beast”, among numerous others. Local titles like “Akin Goes To School”, and “Eze Goes To School” might also have featured in your library at some point.

 

Perhaps as you grew towards and around your teenage years, you also picked series like “The Famous Five”, “Secret Seven” and other adventure stories like that. From the local Nigerian scene, you probably read “Things Fall Apart”, a title that was prominently circulated and even made into a television series.

 

It really doesn’t matter what titles you read. After all, there are millions of beautifully written story books out there. Well written storybooks are vital for developing good comprehension skills, as well as the development of a sound vocabulary. Since there is no end to knowledge acquisition and development, we hope that you are still reading even now in adulthood. Take moments off work and play to pick up a good work of fiction to read. Good books are just as mentally stimulating for adults as they are for children.

Since we are in a world advocating for people to read more, pick up one or more of our Graded Readers Story books for your little one. We have over 36 titles in that series.

Graded Readers Book

Graded Readers Book

 

Still, we would love to hear from you. Do tell us what story books you read as a youngster.

Piracy and Publishing

In very simple terms, piracy is the unauthorized use or reproduction of another’s work that is then sold at substantially lower prices in the market. In the context of publishing, that means the unauthorized use, reproduction and sale of an author’s writing or book. Piracy diverts money away from the original author and publisher into the hands of the pirate. The results are loss of income for the author, publisher and anyone else who has invested in the items being pirated.

 

Think about it, for every item reproduced illegally, there is income diverted away from a long chain of individuals who have invested in the production of that item – the writer, the proofreader, the editor, graphic artists, distribution teams, advertisers, PR employees, etc..

 

Piracy creates a ripple effect that includes making it difficult for authors and publishers to continue to create materials. Bad sales on a first book due to the activities of pirates means that it is tougher to produce the next book. As such, valuable materials don’t make it to the market at all. Schools and students are denied much-needed books. Consumers are denied valuable resources and entertainment (in the case of novels and story books). Piracy has a very crippling effect.

 

This is one clear reason why we need to encourage original authors and producers in tackling piracy. We need to patronise recognised distributors and sales channels, seek out authentic copies of books and other published material, and pay for those materials. That way, we help to keep the publishing industry standing and thriving. That way, we guarantee that more authors and writers will create more of the good and useful materials that we need or want.

 

It is important that the damaging effects of piracy are understood. It is also important to understand the consequences under the law. Anyone caught copying, reproducing and/or distributing illegal copies of books and other published works can be held liable under the law.

 

Let’s help fight piracy.