Was education only meant as an institution for imparting degrees or was there more to it? What is it that has gone amiss about today’s system? Are the consequences deep and dangerous to the very fabrics of a society?

There is an obvious answer to the question as to why every parent loses nerve over his/her child’s education. For Education as we know it has been defined as a must have requirement to enhance a person’s skill of survival and his abilities to excel.  I look around myself, at the various models of education thriving, the High income Private school model, the low income government school model, the budget private school model and I stop to think for a moment, have we failed our kids? Failed them in imparting the right kind of education?

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The Right Kind of Education

So what really is the ‘Right Kind of Education’? Is it the rote learning, stereotyping, bias creating system you and I came out of? Is it the badly assessed, hardly creative and boringly predictive classrooms your kids are going to? Was it really about accumulating degrees? Or was it a race to defeat your classmate and learn nothing in the process apart from rivalry, insecurity and jealousy? Did it vaguely have anything to do with innovation and invention? Anything with learning and curiosity?  Anything about nurturing individual skill sets and talents?  Anything about valuing uniqueness and individuality?

Consequences

For when I do look around myself, I find all of these absent, extinct almost. I find our education system doing exactly opposite of doing what it should.

I see it taking individuals and turning them into stereotypes. I see it killing in them a love for independence, a sense of exploration and the strength for venturing out and trying something creative. I see it destroying a man’s natural instinct for survival. I see it redefining ‘excellence’ to men in the most distortion manner, limiting it to a shallow set of certificates and trophies.  I see it being insensitive to the different needs of society, insensitive to the needs of special children, insensitive to the diversity of human traits.

What scares me further, are the consequences of such an education system? We will stop nourishing brilliant young minds and will instead be manufacturing standardized factory products. We will not be creating leaders, but will be making unfortunate and unwilling followers. That we won’t be making creators, but making consumers only.

Road Ahead

For the sake of creators and leaders and innovators,is it not a pressing need that we revamp our education system? Is it not important that we create a space that allows the dreamers and thinkers to breathe?

 Is our Education System Failing Our Children?

I will end this by quoting one of my favorite educationalist Ken Robinson, who has given a lifetime to inculcating creativity in education-“The fact is that given the challenges we face, education doesn’t need to be reformed — it needs to be transformed. The key to this transformation is not to standardize education, but to personalize it, to build achievement on discovering the individual talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true passions.”

By Shuchi Sinha

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Video Source: Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?-TED

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