A better society preacher, Dr Albert Kobena Mensah, has shared his views ‘what the school system teaches us and the real life’ saying “knowledge economy makes our society a better place”.
Dr Albert Kobina Mensah began his argument in favour of the knowledge economy by asking the often asked questions by people who do not seem to know the relevance of what we learn in school to our everyday life.
“Sometimes, we hear things like so what money has studying photosynthesis, osmosis, pollination, area of a circle, pie-r-square, brought us? What’s the relevance of all these to our well-being? Do they put money into our pockets? Do they put food on our table?”
He attempted to bring out the answers to these questions and gave specific applications of what people learn in schools to our daily lives.
“The answer, to begin with, is yes! Everything the school system teaches has practical life relevance to breaking poverty and making riches! Calculating the area of a circle has practical relevance in sewing, calculating the volume of a cylinder, and studying hydrocarbons have practical relevance in the petroleum industry!”
“Likewise, studying redox chemistry has practical relevance in solving groundwater contamination associated with flooding! Additionally, studying soil pH and learning how to determine it has relevance in maintaining a healthy ecosystem for the survival of living organisms!
“Studying osmosis is also relevant in the preservation of fishes and in water treatment! Photosynthesis, photoperiodism – light period, climatology, principles, and elements of micro and macroeconomics, all have practical relevance and implications for the benefit of our society!”
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He went further to say “Venn diagram, histogram and drawing parts of insects are all relevant! Preparation of soup at home, preparation of shito, adding water to the thick soup to make it light (dilution in chemistry), calculating the amount of salt to add to food, preparation of fufu by mixing cassava with plantain, and many others are all application of chemistry and mathematics.
The knowledge economy, society and real life
Dr Mensah also revealed how society has made great strides using the knowledge acquired from school and the education system over the years.
He said “society has made advances through school and education and talents are bred at school! Home does not breed talents; the school system and education do!”
He went further to demonstrate his argument with the photo below, showing how redox automated biogeochemical microcosm is used in studying flooding and its relevance in real life.
“I will make an argument using the photo below. In our lab in Wuppertal in Germany, we have this setup. It is called redox automated biogeochemical microcosm. It is used to study flooding and how intense rainfall, runoff and flooding regimes release toxic elements into our ecosystem, river sediments, groundwater, and accumulation in our food chain.
“The repercussions are deleterious health impacts, that of animals and aquatic species. Ultimately, science will improve our health and well-being and in the end safeguard our livelihoods. In the laboratory, flooding and other field conditions are mimicked and simulated.
“It thus enables us to study the release dynamics, the dominant species responsible for causing pollution, and measures we could take to reduce contamination. It has applications in managing rice fields, managing fishponds, dealing with pharmaceutical and personal care products in our environment and reducing human impacts associated with mining. This system simply involves the application of redox chemistry the school system taught us in chemistry books.”
Dr Mensah went on saying “In Taiwan, I witnessed a night economy where we worked in shifts in the laboratory of Taiwan National Synchrotron Radiation Research Centre. I observed how young girls were so skilful in radiation science and how everybody had a responsibility to impact her society through constant seeking and research!
“Their national synchrotron radiation research centre continues to be the centre of attraction for scientists from many different countries. Concomitantly, all the revenues go to develop and grow the country! These were not done at home but by constantly and assiduously probing and asking questions at school!
He concluded by saying “All natural life processes such as rainfall, snow falling, giving birth, producing babies, and increasing fertility among men and women are all induced and made possible with the application of science and knowledge economy! Don’t be deluded, the only way is up, and the only way up is science, research, and application of knowledge economy!