Before independence, education system in India had a purpose to impart little knowledge to the young generation so that they are able to work as clerks, attendants etc. British rulers didn’t want their skills to develop otherwise they wouldn’t be able to rule over them.
It’s a pity that in spite of so many efforts to bring the changes, we are still following the same system where the students are memorizing the facts, writing in the exams and completing their “education”. Very little stress is laid on habit formation, developing the skills, inculcating values and many other things which help an individual to lead a meaningful life.
Why ??? If you talk to the teacher’s, they’ll tell you so many reasons like, “Our examination system is based on this type of system only”,”If we don’t don’t teach like this, how will a student be able to write the answers while writing their exams?”, “Infrastructure of our school is inadequate”,”Teacher student ratio is inappropriate”, etc. etc. Very true !! Most of the government schools as well as private schools are facing these problems. But the main reason behind this “cramming based” system is that the teachers themselves have received this type of education only. Even the teacher training programs (B.Ed, M.Ed, NTT etc) are also imparting bookish knowledge only. Ask any teacher about how their B.Ed or other degrees helped them in their work, they’ll tell you that the actual learning took place when they started working. Not only in the profession of teaching, this is true in almost all the fields.
If a child enjoys art, music or sports and is passionate about it, his/her elders discourage them by saying “Why are you wasting your time in these things? you should study maths, science and other subjects which will help you to pass the exams and earn money in future”. Students are forced to do all those things which they don’t like and enjoy. After all this, we blame them for not performing their duties properly.
Dear youngsters, don’t wait for the change to happen, make it happen. Come forward and become a part of this revolution which is the need of the hour
Have a look at our education system. So much content is there for reading, writing and learning. What about hands on experience?
A student of class 2 knows how many centimetres are there in a metre, how many metres are there in a kilometre etc. etc. ……… But if you ask, “What is the length of your shoe lace?” or “What is the length of your mother’s dupatta?”, most of the children wouldn’t be able to answer.
Reason? The child has never used a ruler or a measuring tape to measure anything. For teaching them addition, subtraction and other operations also, lot of written work is done but nobody gives them concrete things such as pebbles, twings to experience learning by doing. In other subjects also too much stress is laid on cramming rather than activities which involve observation, discussion, exploring the things in their surroundings.
No wonder, in higher classes also many students are not able to understand the concepts which they learned in lower classes. As a result the child starts losing interest.
When these things are discussed with teachers and parents, most of them agree that we need to change the system. But who is going to make this change? What stops us from bringing the changes? Why do we resist the change? Are we scared? Do we think that there will be some negative effect on children? But how well come to know unless we try?
If some teachers and schools come up with a different system, some of the other members of society don’t like it because they think that the children will lag behind in this world of cut throat competitions. But the fact is that this is not true.
Teachers and parents together have to step forward to bring this change and then only our children will become good citizens of society.
Why do we need to be educated ???
To draw out best from our natural abilities, to develop our skills, to become a better person etc,etc ……
Now have a look at any 3 years old child who has just started going to school. She carries a bag with notebooks, books and other things. Look at her tender fingers. Can she eat her food on her own? In most cases, NO.
Can she dress up herself? Well, anyone can answer this question. If she’s not able to perform these tasks on her own, are we doing justice with her by making her write in the notebooks? The fingers that cannot break a piece of “chapati”, are forced to hold a pencil and WRITE.
what skill is being developed? When she is not able to write, her parents scolds her. She starts focusing on her inability rather than abilities. Do you think she’s going to become a responsible citizen when she grows up ? Is the purpose of education being fulfilled?
To be continued……