Monday, July 18, 2005

Is this Education?

Education System

Why cant the pattern of education system change?

Does memorising the pages of History, geography, science etc....and putting them on the examination paper assess the IQ of a a person? What about his inborn talents? aren't they throttled, it needs encouragement and practice at the right age and at the right time .We all follow the same pattern of education, do we all pursue a similar career?Children must be channelised according to their abilities as early as possible.

One child might not be good in Art ,but maybe good in singing;maybe good in Handwriting but not good in sports,it goes on...

We pressurise children on things they are not gifted with,thus their real talents are suppressed.

Education must include extra curricular activities within syllabus,and must be named Essential curricular activities.The child must not be graded in those activities, the ultimate aim is to find out when they step out of school is "What is his /her interests?,"In which career can his/her prospects be bright?

A write up on these two questions must be the end result of schooling and based on this the student should take up a graduation or any diploma course.

Talking about education,this small incident that happened at my home,sums it up.

My son is born with a flair for drawing, he used to draw landscapes even when he was just 3, but once he started to go school, one day I found him scribbling in his drawing book;when I asked him why?,he said "Mummy, this is how the other children in my class do when the teacher asks them to draw,so I too do drawing this way".I was shattered.

While many of us are so keen on wearing a custom fit clothing to give a good impression about the way we look, why cant education the real beauty for life be made custom fit based on one's talents?


Blogger Hul said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog. Great blog you have...

I'll read your artilcles Again when I have a kid. ;-)

I ll have to agree on your points about the education system, how ever i think this might be a better way to channelise people into areas that need people to use their talents - Doctors and engineers...Am not sure of the dont start banging me if I am wrong.
Science students also have creativity.

5:12 AM  
Blogger reva said...

Hi hul

Thanks for yr compliment.I dont mean to say that education must channelise people into their careers, nobody knows that they will become doctors or engineers right at the early stages of education, but by analysing their key interests ,activities, the school and teacher should play a major role to provide help for the student in pursuing a career suitable for the person.

You have a different view on the subject, dont worry am not gonna bang u man, ofcourse I agree that science students have creativity ;for am also a science student;-)

6:41 AM  
Blogger nin said...

Who will change it ?..Those illiterate politicians ? No hope......

6:49 AM  
Blogger Slice Of Life said...

in our edu system , lateral thinking is not encouarged ,so they make children confirm to generalised thinking it affects their creativity...

8:02 AM  
Blogger Ujwalla said...

hi, thnx for the lovely comment. ur comment made me feel so much better. u are a wonderful writer/person. u are highly intellectual. i will visit ur blog again.

i dont agree with the concept of memorizing. that is not learning.


7:57 PM  
Blogger reva said...

hi avik

Lets hope that one day a good politician will give us a change in education system

hi uma,

You are right,lateral thinking is not allowed hence this problem.

hi bipasha,

Truly speaking, neither am I a wonderful writer nor an intellectual, am a normal person like you, just that I could not see you getting too much upset about an issue that is really not worth worrying about I wanted to console you and make you feel better,now am happy that it really worked,keep smiling and be an achiever.

9:53 PM  
Blogger Neel Arurkar said...

These are the subjects I appeared for in my SSC(X standard) exams.

Subjects of interest(3) : Maths, Science.
Subjects of no interest but might be necessary(1) : English
Subjects of zero interest(7):French, Hindi, Marathi, History, Civics, Geography, Economics.

Summary : 7/11 subjects were a total waste :-)

9:56 AM  
Blogger Hul said...

as neel pointed out above, History, Civics, Geography, Economics are not of interest to him. But those are necessary for the understanding of the world beyond which he is seeing now.

for example if he never tasted economics how will he ever understand even the basics of a country's economy or even do share trading.

Summed up - i think upto atleast 10th there is nothing wrong in forcing the children to learn that might be required for them to live and understand the world. Later its their choise to pursue.

I have no idea of foreign education - so i cant compare it. what i feel is distant lands look greener, when we say others have better education system than us.

11:57 AM  
Blogger Hul said...

I see many little kids near my place pick up large canvas of drawings and go to "Creative Painting School".

I see them hop cheerfully to the school. Its with the parents to find out their kids creative side and choose the priorities.

dont blame the system!

huh - i think i wrote too much..!oops

12:02 PM  
Blogger sen said...

Nice point.I think parents like you should speak up regarding this to the teacher or at the parents meeting.That is the only way change can be brought it.When more people ask for something then the school's will automatically change.

1:55 PM  
Blogger reva said...

hi hul,

I think my post on education is getting controversial.I dont blame the education system hul, ofcourse our education is one of the best in the whole world,it is neccesary to know about science, history civics ,but what I intend to say is, include things which interests the child in his curriculam itself.Music class, dance class, so many classes are there in our locality , but how to find out that our child is getting the right teacher , right encouragement and the right guidelines for him/her to flourish in that art; we parents give up our career, even sometimes refuse to take up a welcoming job abroad just for the sake of our child's future, so we are so choosy in finding the right school to put him in.If that school itself provides the best in these activities wont that give immense happiness to us?. You will understand my feelings only when u become a father of a child,hope I did not speak toooo much;-)

10:23 PM  
Blogger donotspam said...

Better prepare your child for the future. Its all about street smartness i guess.

Cheers, Eswar

12:30 AM  
Blogger reva said...

hi eswar

A street smart person has the ability to learn things from life and from experiences.

Thats sounds good .

1:03 AM  
Blogger Sudha Narayanan said...

A real nice writeup... I share the same feelings as you do.. Talent dies even before it blossoms, nowadays.. isnt it.. sad..

3:42 AM  
Blogger dfg said...

very good point. i dont fully agree with the education system but some of the parents they send their kids to after school classes such as music, sports etc without even thinking of what their child's hidden talent is. Mainly bcos their firend's or uncle's son is going to that class.
they just wants to show that thier kid alsoo going...

5:17 AM  
Blogger Me too said...

I agree too. I think the schools should work on the student/teacher ratio so that the teachers can show individual attention. Also, the attitude towards education as a competition should change, I guess.

1:34 PM  
Blogger Prem Abraham said...

Interesting subject, no pun intended.
Hope you are not suggesting to have a custom fit education at a very young age. The best age I believe is what we have now, at around college age. This gives kids the right exposure to the various subjects and have their interest drive the decision . The most important thing is for the parents to let the children decide on what they want to study.

2:48 PM  
Blogger nin said...

hey...i've blogrolled u....

7:08 AM  
Blogger zaratul said...

My views
No need to Understand, we'll just memorize"

One of the things Ive noticed happen here in the education system, is that people are used to memorization as a means of passing. Its actually been encouraged by a team of what seems to be hand picked idiots who stress memorization over understanding.

In Indian society, memorization is percieved as a sign of intelligence.If u r able to put down on paper wat exactly is there in the book u get 100% marks.The students intelligence is never tested except for their retaining capacities.Here I am not saying memorization is not good but it should be one of the many that determine intelligence.

See, Indian societies are the Type of Low-Information, High Conspiracy and Rumor and Speculation Societies. So instead of encouraging people to think the right way, people have been encouraged to memorize, not think.

Now, let me give you an example of this. When creativity is killed, people cannot design, invent or be creative with things. The engineering colleges,it is nothing more than a big photocopying plant, where there is next to zero creativity (except for a few examples) and engineering projects are either copied from someone else, or heavily assisted by professors or extrenal help is provided. How are these engineers going to be the future. Drastic changes in the educational system & mindset of people by agressive implementation is the only solution.
guys scoring 90% but cant explain logic or reason-Havent u seen many of those types.Few extraordinary cases are definetly there but wat I am talking about is about general population
ur comments welcome..

9:10 PM  
Blogger Hul said...

@zaratul - enginnering colleges are 'photocopy' machines - interesting view...i agree

6:03 PM  
Blogger callieischatty said...

Well I am in New York and I have to say that the education system there makes some brilliant people who are very well regarded here

To be from India, people assume you are very bright and hard working

Maybe they do something right over there?

1:13 PM  
Blogger AHSAN GHORI said...

Well,Indians are definetly hard working & intillegent too, but the percentage is miniscule when compared with the Indian Population.The people who go to US work hard for it(on their own or are from the better schools in india) & definetly they have something to prove.Its their dream destination so what u c is not really the fact about the educational system.

10:15 PM  
Blogger Neel Arurkar said...

Hey. You not blogging for quite some time now

6:47 AM  
Blogger Hul said...

no new posts for some time?

1:39 AM  
Blogger Me said...

Hey Reva !!! where are u ???

9:53 AM  
Blogger akp said...

Surely, the education system has to be changed...
Some people in the above comments have pointed out that all the subjects are necessary. I agree with them too... but the way in which History and Geography (just for example) is taught in our schools creates a fear towards it... I learnt more about how "diverse" India is - when I travelled to different states in India rather than when I learnt in the History and Geography text. What I want to point out is that the History and Geography classes failed to make me realize what "diversity" is... this is how education is - In India :(

4:07 AM  
Blogger Keshi said...

Very good post Reva! Something to think abt...

Theres a big flaw in the education system...I think its the same with parenting...ppl think kids should grow and learn in one fixed and familiar patten...thats so wrong, it shadows the natural talents kids r born with...they r then forced to forget abt what they know very well...what they r good at.

I myself is a victim of that Im out of school I realise the same talents that I had bak in school r all coming bak to me...the ones that were left out due to 'normal' studies...only thing is that now I dont have time to work on those skills cos my career is entirely different..could say school-induced!

I think u as a very sensible mother can help ur son develop his skills from home...let him do drawing landscapes in extra classes and maybe as a hobby...let school do whatever they want but u work on ur son's abilities...I think that will keep him in touch with it and may some day gain alot from it too.

Great post!

5:50 PM  
Blogger reva said...

hi keshi,

thanks for visiting my site and also for the comment

8:41 PM  

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