In a recent interview, Robert Hawkins, executive producer of the EVOKE game, said that one of the issues which inspired the game's creation was "the need to reform education to create 21st century skills and move away from rote."
This really struck me because rote, or memorization, was something that plagued a large part of my schooling. Rather than being encouraged to think critically and form our own ideas and opinions, we were told to simply memorize everything in the textbooks. We were tested not on our analytical or creative skills, but on how sharp our memories were. Legend had it that one girl in my school had opened and concluded a homework assignment with a word-for-word answer from the book, but filled the middle part with the lyrics of Michael Jackson's Bad. She got an A.
I have since discovered that many people from around the world -- both developed and developing countries -- have faced similar scenarios in school. What about you? Was memorizing a big part of your schooling? Was critical thinking encouraged? If not, do you wish things had been different?
If you're interested in the role of education in development, then now is a good time to speak up. The World Bank is shaping its new Education Strategy, which will form its plan of action for helping improve education in developing countries over the next 20 years. The Bank specifically wants input from youth around the world: how do you see education in your country? How can it be improved? What role can the Bank play?
This is your chance to make a difference, so don't waste it! Fill out the form with your answers, and be part of the change.