Como corolario a este evento, el Mtro. Noel Guzmán escribió una reseña al respecto. Aquí la tienen:
AXEL DIDRIKSSON AT THE BUAP
Last Monday, June 11, The Vicerrectoria de Docencia of the BUAP invited Professor Axel Didriksson, one of the recognized Mexican scholars to talk about education. If there is something that catches my attention during the present times is education. Higher education I mean. What does truly education stand for in our so called “modern times”? Doesn’t it represent an old-fashion topic for the statu quo? Does education mean something for all of us nowadays? What do really young students interest them now? How do they evaluate themselves being or ¿studying? at a university? It does not matter if it is a public one or a private one. Mr. Didriksson answers these and other key questions about education then.
Professor Didriksson does know what Higher Education really means. He unveils the terrible condition (s) in which the Mexican education is immersed. At the lecture, he mainly contrasted Mexico and the rest of the world on this matter. Unfortunately, Mexico is left behind in comparison with countries such as Finland, Canada, Brazil, India, and South Korea. And what he profoundly preoccupies are the young people. Out of 10 students who are ready to study the university, only three of them are who are studying it. Mr. Didriksson shares a commentary that made me think of our situation at the BUAP campus Tehuacan and the BUAP in general and the universities in general. The commentary relies on what he calls “patito”, “patote” and “patota” universities in our education system. However, according to him, either a public or a private one can hold such a tag.
On what arguments does Professor Didriksson base his commentary? The data shared during the conference taught us that according to the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), Mexico is not totally on track talking about education. Its young people are not receiving the education they deserve in order to become themselves cognitive researchers. What does it mean to be a cognitive researcher? It means that one of the undergraduate and graduate students will be able to search and evaluate for information critically that allows them to solve problems that they will face in the real life. Mr. Didriksson assures that our education is still in Mode 1 which consists of memorizing information, ignoring what culture means, passive students in the end.
The importance of the latter is simple. Societies, not society, technology and “freedom”, etc. moved on to different scenarios at this moment and mean a lot of things for us now. In order to be on track and reach a real well-being we –here I include anyone of our species, the human being- have to work for it. How? Professor Axel has his own brilliant ideas that I respect. To get started, I urge my university friends to get ready to know how to deal with the media, the time we invest to our studies, the advantages and disadvantages of technology, and among other tips. Are we able to discuss a piece of information from an essay, any reading? Yes. No. What do I do to solve the problem? What am I waiting for to go beyond the information I get at school? Am I the one who still thinks that my professor is the owner of the knowledge?
Finally, I ask the following questions: When is it the time to work for myself? And, others? Do we really care about them? Do I know my weaknesses and strengths in certain subjects? Who can I talk with to improve my performance as a student and as a human being? A human being? What does it mean to be Mexican? What is Mexico? What is the entire world doing right now? Are there people far beyond Mexico’s borders?
By: Noel Guzman
June 12, 2012