Education and the Flawed Systems: Interview with Scholar Abel Godfrey
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Today, I decided to step outside my comfort zone and do something very different which is interview a character from my novella Kingdom of the Sun. His name is Scholar Abel Godfrey, a favorite character of mine because of what he represents and stands for. Enjoy!
Me: Thank you, Scholar Godfrey for joining me today! I am both honored and slightly embarrassed.
Scholar Godfrey (laughs): Why is that?
Me: Well, I did create you, so I feel like I’m talking to myself in a way.
Scholar Godfrey: If you created me, then how are you talking to yourself? Is there part of you in me?
Me: Well, no. Actually, you were my hardest character to create because of that. I guess that’s why you’re my second favorite. The others were either variations of myself or combinations of people that I have known or heard stories of.
Scholar Godfrey (smirks): Ja, is there or is there not part of you in me?
Me (pauses and thinks): I believe that we are part of each other. Although you do not possess some of my traits, you are what I want to be and represent. You were created from my passion and desire for true education… You are what I created. And I create what you are whenever I teach others through my words.
Scholar Godfrey (smiles wide and nods): De wa, Mrs. Bevin, it is also an honor to be here with you and part of you.
Me (smiles shyly): Thank you so much, Scholar. So, let’s start with the first question. How would you describe your teaching style?
Scholar Godfrey (leans back and folds his hands onto his lap): I would say it’s personalized and interactive. I enjoy getting to know my students and learning how to pick their brains and bring out the best in them. I don’t like simply talking or lecturing; rather, I enjoy interacting and talking with them and not to them.
Me: So, would you say there’s one certain way or method of teaching? And what I mean is, do you believe there to be one standard of teaching that all should abide by?
Scholar Godfrey: The only standard that a Scholar, teacher, or professor should abide by is the need, desire, and will, to fulfill your purpose which is to influence, inspire, and invigorate a life so much that when a student leaves your classroom, they leave brighter and stronger and the imprint of what you have done is with them forever.
Me: Beautifully said, Scholar. I’m sure our readers would love to know what it’s like to be educated in the kingdom of Sooryan.
Scholar Godfrey: The biggest difference in comparison to the American system is that the kingdom of Sooryan does not remove God from its schools and government. Sooryan’s education system is also structured to suit the needs of its people in a way that is practical, honest, and effective. For example, there is no purpose of a student taking four years of study for a trade like cooking or construction that is better served with hands-on experience in the field.
Me: Indeed. One of the many flaws with the American system is that it tells our students to go to college to receive a good job, and when they graduate, employers expect them to miraculously have the experience that is required.
Scholar Godfrey: Yes, that is what I understand.
Me: I have once described America’s teachers as unsung super heroes who are expected to do so much more than what should be asked of them. The pressure for them to conform to a system that forces them to treat students generically is unbelievable. What can you tell us about Sooryan’s Scholars?
Scholar Godfrey (glances at his gold robe): Our Scholars are like rays of light from the sun. We give hope, guidance, and warmth, and our people give us the same in return. The people of Sooryan are nothing without the Scholars, and the Scholars of Sooryan are nothing without our people. This is understood and recognized by all.
Me: So would you say that the Scholars are treated like royalty?
Scholar Godfrey (smiles softly and nods): Benar.
Me: Scholar, my absolute favorite quotes from you are “History is a powerful weapon,” “History and truth are not always one and the same,” and “There is always more than one story.” What you said rings so much truth in today’s world and time, and I get so frustrated with people’s inability to see that.
Scholar Godfrey: Well, I am not surprised. History is powerful weapon because of people’s inability to see it as one. Imagine the lives that would be changed if people would simply question…if all sides of a story were told.
Me: Sticking with the same topic, Scholar, may I tell you one of my life’s dreams?
Scholar Godfrey (chuckles and leans forward): Of course.
Me: I want to change the name of Columbus Day and call it something like “Native Peoples Day” or “Indigenous Peoples Day.”
Scholar Godfrey: In this life and the next, I think that would make bring honor to many.
Me (laughs): And make many upset as well! But that is all part what it means to light up the darkness.
Scholar Godfrey (laughs): Agreed. There are many in the dark who wish to remain there and keep others there with them.
Me: Then, let us continue to light up the darkness, Scholar.
Scholar Godfrey: I shall be with you all the way.
Me: Thank you so much for joining me today, Scholar Godfrey. And to my readers: peace and love.