In #India, we are still following the British system of generating clerks and paper-pushers. Paper is gone; but Excel has stayed – yet we keep doing the same thing. And by the way, I didn’t forget the Engineers – though their shine is getting lower day by day.
In an inclusive society, everyone has a role to play. And the education system has to reflect that. Thanks to the multiple streams, these days, the young generation has the option to pick a profession of their choice. But yet, there’s still a lot of components that need to reach out to a whole lot of students.
Life skills, is for one. Understanding the world around us and how to interact and manage it, is an art and a science, as well. Arts & Crafts, usage of tools, carpentry, importance of water, masonry, environmental education, are all required. So, it’s not just about preparing a list of 143 careers and ask the student to pick a couple for their higher education. It’s about the wholesome, all-round education, so that the students are confident on doing anything, and grow the passion of learning what is required.
The other thing that needs to change – and this is important and very difficult though – is setting the tone of the class based on the caliber and the type of students that are present. I am not kidding. The students should drive the classes and the subjects. Pipe dream, you may say, but if you don’t cater for who are there in the class, what’s the point of your class or your school? We should start some experiments around this.
So, those are the highlights. I am not going into the arguments of urban-vs-rural, home-based vs. school-based, private vs. public schools, etc. These are long-drawn discussions and have wasted so much of our time, but never led us anywhere. At the end of the day, people do what they want to do, after all the Facebook roars and Twitter rants.
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