Adeel Raza Speaker WordCamp2019 in Karachi
Having 7 years of experience with web development, there is something that made me take a special interest in education and dedicate myself to LMS development with LearnDash and nothing made me as excited as working on an LMS, maybe because I could express my ideas through the “language of code”. This is Adeel, author of LearnDash Student Voice, Adaptive Learning with LearnDash, the popular LearnDash myCRED integration addon & co-author of the Zoom WordPress Plugin. I have been a contributor to the popular WordPress gamification plugin, BadgeOS while working with a renowned WordPress startup called WooNinjas.
So Here’s the Background Story
It all started in 2012 while I was going through my bachelor’s for computer science from one of the most popular University in my town named NED University. I had a very high expectation from the university in terms of the quality of education. But, after the first week of my program, I was so disappointed to witness the state of education in one of the most popular universities. The obsolete methods of teaching, technological backwardness, unrevised & years-old curriculum, focus on rote learning rather than understanding and experimenting & a completely illogical and impractical system of education started frustrating me by each passing day. It was very challenging for me to cope up with this environment, so I started working professionally in the very early days of my program because I was sure that this kind of education will lead nowhere. It was tough for me to manage a full-time job with University studies. Also, I was disrespected and looked down upon by teachers for my low attendance and lack of interest in the studies. This leads me to further alienate myself from the educational environment and focus more on my professional career as a web developer.
Thankfully my frustration guided me towards the quest for a better and progressive education model. It made me question the fundamentals of our traditional education system, and I landed upon a very popular TED talk by Sir Ken Robinson.
Through that talk, I learned about the modern Finnish Education System and to witness something I only dreamed of was a breathtaking revelation. I became obsessed with it and did extensive research on this model. I then compiled a document based on my findings and wanted to present this to the higher authorities of my university. However, I knew that they won’t take it seriously if I just simply hand over a document to read-through.
The years upon years of my frustration with this traditional education system & humiliation by the system gave me the strength to take an extreme step at the very end of my University program. I wanted the higher authorities to notice what I wanted to say. Hence, I ended up purposefully failing myself in the very last paper which was my final day of the 4-year degree program. In the notes, I mentioned that I want to share something important with the higher authorities and left the exam room in utter disgust. However, the outcome was quite opposite to what I expected. Everyone was least concerned about what I did and they just simply ignored it as a naive and trivial act of outrage. I was given an F grade in that paper and therefore, wasn’t able to complete my degree.
My Dream for a Better Education System
Fast forward, 2 years later I realized that my approach was not correct at that time. Hence, I cleared my paper and got a degree so I could develop my skills as a teacher and change the traditional model by being inside the learning environment.
Today, I help educators, coaches, teachers, and field experts to build their own Learning Management System(LMS) using WordPress & LearnDash. Thereby, combining technology with education to make it scalable, flexible, accessible to masses & at par with 21st-century learning methodology. I am teaching coding to kids at an elementary school which is based on the Finnish education model and doing a UK Certified Humanistic Counselling Level 3 course due to my increasing interest in understanding how the human psyche works.
I continually dream of a day where a natural and progressive model of education would replace the traditional toxic model that is currently in place.