School is one of those entities in the society that is considered responsible for producing students as efficient products that have value in society’s market.
Parents are regarded as the funders to pay for students’ academic needs.
The school aims to enable them to survive as an educated member of society who can earn a living.
The triangular relation among parents, school, and society ignores the students’ real needs and expectations.
This scenario gives rise to the relative concept of quality that is perceived differently by everyone.
The majority considers functional literacy as the symbol of being graduated from school.
The thundering question is that; Is it so real?
If yes, then is it achieved as an outcome of schooling?
If not, then what is the school responsible for?
To align the needs of society and responsibilities of school, students need to function as proactive citizens.
School is the reflection of society’s needs that proves itself as the guardian of society’s future.
Research suggests that the relationship between the community and school needs to be strong enough for a child to feel himself as an integral part of an alive and real society.
With this in mind, the current scenario portrays our students’ devastating view who is being sculptured to memorize bookish knowledge with the inability to turn it into practice.
Hence, the so-called products of schools (students), when graduated, exhibit their incapability to disentangle realistic societal problems, empathize with others, resolve mutual conflicts and strengthen positive relationships.
At worst, our children end up being the victims of depression, isolation, stress and frustration, due to the reduced parental involvement in children’s school life.
In the critical setup, the school needs to develop students who are capable of recognizing their role as individuals and as active citizens who can stand firm as productive pillars of society.
The vision of developing a strengthened relationship between school and community can possibly be achieved by the active participation of teachers who act as the representatives of both school and society.
I strongly agree that students’ academic achievement is the primary target of school, but it is not the only goal to be achieved in school.
Therefore, the teachers’ role should not only be confined to students’ academic success but also enable them to view the lifelong value of their learning.
It ultimately boosts students to develop the lens, which allows them to look at society as a platform where they can demonstrate their knowledge.
They should have the potential to solve societal problems by evaluating the reasons behind them, such as injustice, prejudice, discrimination, suicide, child labor, stereotypes, etc.
A school needs to bring students out of the vague and fake expression of brotherhood and humanity, and cater them to live as competent inhabitants of the planet.
Neha Suleman is pursuing her Bachelors in Education at Institute of Administration Sukkur, Pakistan. She is passionate to serve community by utilizing her critical and creative thinking. Her writings depict hidden fences and open frontiers of society to educate people about their rights and responsibilities that can lead to sustainable world.