Change in Schooling System – need of the hour

January, 2014

“Children must be taught HOW TO THINK, not WHAT TO THINK”. – Margaret Mead. Unfortunately the schooling system in our country is woefully inadequate on several fronts. Not only does it discourage thinking it also punishes children who are inquisitive and challenge the teacher. Thanks to the marks / grade based assessment, it encourages students to resort to rote learning and vomit the same without understanding the concepts. No wonder the young minds which are as sensitive as a thermometer get hardened as cold iron by the time they graduate out of colleges, with no useful impressions made.

Just reflect on the situation. Several things have gone wrong. Latest is a certain breed of schools that are mushrooming – ‘techno schools’ which claim to make IIT engineers out of the children. Can you believe they are enticing parents and children as young as 10 years with a promise of rigorous coaching for IIT and other competitive examinations ? Result – the child has a 8 to 5 schedule with no time to play and have fun. I am not even sure if the ‘victims’ even know whether they would like to be engineers or something else. Firstly is it the right age to decide on a line of education ? Recently one of my friends got a call from a techno school promising a huge discount in the admission fee since her daughter had scored 76% in class 4. Upon contacting the school, she realized that the management had contacted tuition teachers, got details of the students & reached out in a typical corporate marketing style with incentives to the ‘referrers’. The infrastructure of the school was far from satisfactory and so were the staff handling this ‘recruitment drive’. One can imagine the quality of education that will be imparted by an institution adapting such an undesirable approach. The output will most likely be what our banner displays !

Well, many things are going right too with education. Only let us bear in mind that “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all”. – Aristotle

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