Education and the way it is being treated, distributed and forced upon young minds is exasperating! Having written about the ills plaguing the system while working as a reporter for almost ten years, I can only say that what is being packaged as study material fails to educate. I write now as a mom who is trying to give back what I have learnt. I have realized that I have really learnt nothing an
Education and the way it is being treated, distributed and forced upon young minds is
exasperating! Having written about the ills plaguing the system while working
as a reporter for almost ten years, I can only say that what is being packaged
as study material fails to educate. I write now as a mom who is trying
to give back what I have learnt. I have realized that I have really learnt
nothing and I am teaching my son to learn matter all of which he will neither
use nor remember.
textbooks are loaded with data utterly irrelevant today. Thanks to the
advent of satellite television and other jaunts into cyberspace in the
single digit age group are already struggling to get out of the system.
My son once
said to me regarding his school homework. "Mom lets get it over and done
with so I can get down to doing more serious stuff watching the discovery channel"
know where and how to get their information from. I heard a parent once
complain that despite a flaw in the text book the teacher insisted on having
the class learn it. "You have to know your textbook well," is what most
teachers will tell you.
My grand father
used to always say, "What a sculptor is to a block of marble, education
is to the human race." He was exposed then to the traditional system of
home schooling, but his words hold true even today. I often wonder what
he would have thought of the present system of education. Then, imagination
was as important as the notebook, and lessons from real life made up for
though PCs and e-books hog all the space in a computer laboratory in schools
the child is discouraged from using technology, save for a weekly visit
to the laboratory. So, not only is imagination killed but technology becomes
redundant even before the child is encouraged to use it. Considering the
rapid pace at which new technologies are being churned out, the information
superhighway seems to be THE place to be on, and education the only means
to get there. But who is going to give our children this opportunity?
in a written examination is given indecorous weightage. This, while the
teachers make it a point to make it difficult for the child to score. If
the child knows his matter well he will most certainly lose marks for his
handwriting or worse, the teachers decide on a cut-off mark beyond
which no child is able to score. And as if this is not enough, the child
is then evaluated and his performance is graded against the rest of colleagues
with a rank, a percentage and a comparitive analysis, which serves more
to demoralize than encourage.
often told their wards are being subjected to this kind of evaluation so
as to prepare them for the public board examination five to six years down
the line. The result is that by the time the child reaches the eight grade
he has completely lost most of his zeal to compete. Every child sooner or later becomes a pretentious genius. He would perhaps even fake being
a 'scholar' to save himself from having a nervous breakdown due to the
while all this is happening, parents are being told to encourage the all
round development of their ward, and (this is interesting), to reduce the
weight of the chunky school bag. The question is, HOW? To begin with, the average child, in order to compete, has to seek professional coaching in subjects that they find 'tough'. So when not in school the child has
to attend tutions. Then when he returns he has homework. the list is
palm tops are already replacing chunky PC monitors and hard disks, but
the overloaded schoolbag still reigns supreme on a school kid's back. It
could be replaced with a student customised laptop that could be handed
down from one batch to another, but that seems remote for now. Schools
in the US have already introduced the system, where homework and evaluation
is all contained on templates and websheets within. India with its own
fantastic rendition of Silicon Valley in Hyderabad should not be too far
behind. Why cut trees to make paper if books are replaced with laptops
We must remember
that the family is still the child's first school and the lessons of kindness,
sharing, equality and loyalty we learn there should be carried forth to
all our dealings with the outside world. It is only then that education
so gained will chisel our feelings and thinking, thereby making us responsible
inhabitants of the earth in the coming years.
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