Post by: Vidhi Shah | Team Brainheaters
The journey of our education system from Gurukul to the English education system has been a long one. The education in India has essentially become a factory mass producing machines on the conveyer belt- The Education System! What is the real purpose of education? Getting a job, living a sedentary lifestyle, securing your future? These can be considered as an implication, but them being the sole purpose of educating yourself?
Intelligence plus character- that is the true goal of education.
The outcome of years of education is not to be well-trained, but to be well-educated. India has not generated a single noble laureate for science since 1947, while the USA has over a 100! So, here's a question:
What is lacking in the system of education today that is hindering the use of the capability of the great minds? The answer seems too far away. Trying to get closer to the answer, here are the three myths I have tried to debunk.
1. Learning for the sake of learning, or for a purpose?
Education nowadays basically tests the retention capacity and obedience of an individual. Better the compliance, better the marks. How many institutes encourage their students to know why they are learning what they are? Children must be taught how to think rather than what to think. Education is not the leaning of facts, but the training of the mind to think. The general education system is focused on examinations, following a global pattern. The focus is not on training students for future by evaluating their knowledge and understanding of the subject. The result is that students are forced to take tests that show only their retention powers. It fails to inculcate the moral values and ethics that could evolve them into responsible beings of the future.
Engineers that are not able to do technical work,doctors who use the internet for basic prognosis, being a graduate with no meaning whatsoever of the degree-These show the inadequacies of our system.
2. Arts? Why arts?!!
Has there ever been a case when an Arts student hasn't had to justify his/her choice? The mindset of the people compels them to picture the worst case scenario- must've scored poorly, maybe he's not interested in studying. Education, here, is considered as a ladder to climb the socioeconomic norms. And, somehow, arts seems to be way down there! Not trying to pull down science, or commerce for that matter, but arts is as vital to maintain the balance as any of the former too.
Arts is not the backup option, rather a choice. It carries the aesthetics of our culture, preserving the real gems of the past. Does not mean it that it's not up-to-date. Apart from the cultural aspects, it also teaches politics, history, architecture, all necessary in the former world! Trying to fit in, there are countless number of graduates from science and commerce who end up getting into fields of arts(all of us know some!). Why then not respect the field, and treat arts more than just a hobby! Keeping aside the common notions and norms, the new era, accept arts as equivalent to the others and not just a bypass-option!
3. Punishment makes better!
Negative reinforcement and punishment. There's a thin line between the too! Unfortunately, the system has somehow overstepped this line into reinforcement. In fact, they are so over, the line's just a dot to them(couldn't miss the opportunity!!)! The education system fails to grasp that negative reinforcement might make the student pass that particular phase. But what after that, the work done for just the sake of it never benefits in the long run. Punishing a child may frighten him/her into completing the work, but the possibility of the student achieving the aim of that is almost zero!
Instead, positively trying to gain the attention and making the subject interesting, interacting with the student at least increases the chances of the student to do so willingly!
The elaboration of these myths may not have given you the answer to the fallacies in the system, but it sure will help to broaden your path towards the answers! The only thing we wish from the Indian Education System is to regain its ways, its efficiency, what it was famous for! Being the foundation, help create greater minds, not just machines!
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