The Backbone of a Nation
Education and its role in aiding young people to become good citizens are at the centre of public debate in many western countries. Buzz words like 'standard', 'excellence' and 'performance' are being used extensively by the experts in and outside educational establishments. Teachers and education providers are experiencing more pressure than ever before to come up with better achievements by their pupils. The fear that many western countries may be falling behind a number of developing countries has created a sense of urgency among the policy makers. The concern is rising because of the ever-increasing incidents of bullying, juvenile delinquency, racism in the campuses, drug, alcoholism, teen-age pregnancy, etc. In some countries, this anti-social behaviour is growing in an alarming rate. They are creating a big hole in the confidence of a nation's capacity to tackle these issues.