The Two Teachers

Posted: September 27, 2012 by phermc10 in Film Critique(Evaluative Analysis)

A griot in West African society functions as a story-teller, historian, praise singer, poet and musician. Djeliba teaches Mabo what lacks in his subjective curriculum at school by telling his ancestor’s life back  centuries ago. He raises the question of certainty of survival of indigenous values with their knowledge and culture. He snubs at the nature of top-down modern education system. In that way M.Fafana is a teacher who intellectually and emotionally is not amalgamating enough with his students’ learning; he teaches because he is given a salary, curriculum and classroom as well as a stick with absolute authority to roam among students. He promotes rote learning and cramming to his students for finishing one grade after another. He may be a dutiful teacher but not a responsible one seen through the eyes of Djeliba.

On the other hand, the griot knows exactly what his own society needs and what he should educate the posterities to meet it. He also encourages Mabo to pronounce his curiosity and ask himself. Young people have to ask themselves to learn deeply about their own inspirations, strengths and weaknesses. Likewise, they need the courage to quit what they really are not into and decide what appeals them. Sadly, society does not give that chance much to everyone, especially education system by which we begin engaging in restless race.

Thal Sandy Tun

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