Most university students might have had an experience where they hear about a semester being particularly difficult even prior to it commencement. Well, the rumors I had heard about my recently commenced semester were nerve wracking to say the least. Certain subjects were said to be particularly difficult which, was not a surprise especially considering that professional studies are difficult irrespective to the field. But it was difficult and energy consuming for all the wrong reasons.
Chief Justice took a suo motu action against private schools as they had been charging extra fee. I wish he had taken a suo motu on the subjects that were taught in schools in general. There was a subject that I studied in “The Grueling Semester” called Logic and Reasoning. Stating it as merely difficult is an understatement. If you think that you are a logically thinking individual, you must take that course if it is available in your respective universities. You would come to know how limited your thinking skills really are and how difficult it is to follow some basic instructions. The point that I am trying to make here is that these things were supposed to be taught in school. Unfortunately they taught us how to sit quietly, greet a teacher and stand in a line along with systematically teaching us how to memorize and not analyze.
But when the semester began, it became very clear that the subject was difficult and whatever was said to me by my seniors regarding the teacher who taught that subject was wrong. But one can never blame people for finding justifications to legitimize their failures. I mean who would want to look at a failed person in the mirror every morning. Combing your silky smooth hair would be difficult in that case. That teachers turned out to be a gem and everyone passed not because they deserved it but because the teacher was benevolent in ways beyond comprehension. That subject took its toll on the G.P.A but taught me lessons that would dominate my way of thinking for the rest of my life.
One thing I never expected to experience in the university was NGO propaganda. That was the most energy consuming part of the whole semester. I never thought that applying statistics and evidence in certain situations would be so tough. It was my first experience where I was in a debate with someone who thought their logic was paramount and that evidence doesn’t matter. I debated with someone who ironically, made generalizations when discussing sexism. Does one have to be a rocket scientist to figure out the fact that a teacher has more responsibility than people recognize? I saw myself writing “his/her” rather than “his” and thought to myself that I had resisted the teachings throughout the semester yet here I am, doing something involuntarily. What if someone took the lesson seriously? Propaganda can affect us in ways we cannot imagine.
So stop listening to seniors who have no meritocratic credibility to back their claims regarding a subject. Always inquire before you believe things. Never be afraid to criticize (please read the definition of criticism. It is completely repugnant to what you already know of it.) A teacher is not perfect. You can know more about a topic which is not that teacher’s area of expertise. By no means am I advising anyone to give a lecture in the class. But there is a way to respectfully sum up your point in the form of a question. Finally, to all those who think that questioning a teacher can affect your grades, it doesn’t have any negative affect. People respect you if you have good evidence when you are questioning them.
This Article is written by Ahmed Ghazanfar from Bahria University