In appraising children’s abilities in his book, “The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything”, Ken Robinson told the story of a little girl who habitually sat quietly in the back of her regular class. One day her teacher found her absorbed in the drawing room, and asked what she was drawing. Without looking up, she responded, “I’m drawing a picture of God.” Surprised, the teacher said, “But nobody knows what God looks like.” The girl replied, “They will in a minute.”
In short, learner-centred teachers are expected to update themselves, lead the fold, and design experiential activities to advance their own growth, and provide opportunities for the youth to demonstrate their successes in achieving higher expectations.
It is important for teachers, especially in “tradition-steeped” societies, to know that students ought to think about arguments, opinions, facts and options – in a non-hostile environment – in order to construct their own meaning, and make up their own minds.