“If you want something in your life you’ve never had, you’ll have to do something, you’ve never done.” – J.D Houston.
Many swear by this inspirational statement, while many have been deeply inspired enough to take some change forward in their lives, a better life, precisely. But what needs to be focussed upon is, the very word, “Change”. Looking forward towards the recent advent of globalisation, are we actually ready for a change in the social, economic, and political scenario?
Taking the theme forward, change is something, which is required in every aspect of an economy, and we will be looking into the educational arena. There are a few massive imperative questions, which the Indian education system needs to look forward to; it does need to answer questions like, “Are we really ready to accept the change? “Are we becoming heterodox enough to bring in the change?”
The Indian education system has been, since ages, lacking behind in measuring the worth of an individual. It hasn’t even lagged behind in making thousands of individuals regard themselves as completely worthless beings because, well, maybe one couldn’t top an NTSE exam, or couldn’t score 95% in their twelfth class board examination, couldn’t get into the best university of the country because of the same result, and the list is pretty much endless.
“We need modernisation, not westernisation.” A statement made by PM Narendra Modi, holds out to be true in our country. So, what exactly are the steps that should be taken in order to bring out such modernisation?
We all are very well familiar with rote learning and it being an integral part of the Indian Education system(remember mugging up the entire human heart theory in class 8th?). Owing to the fixated style of question papers that have been doing the rounds in board exams from time immemorial, rote learning has continued. And therefore, the basic concept of ‘education and learning’ is burnt into ashes, where the students mug up everything, with no intention of learning, but just scoring good marks. This is something which needs to be taken into consideration as soon as possible.
Creativity and innovation are to be given a fresh new breath of life in the system so as to encourage variety and the very purpose of education. There are prominent successful examples of people who, going against the usual education system of our country, willingly or unwillingly, garnered massive success. Does that make them any less than any other successful person who took the monotonous path? Nope.
And with the recent Delhi University Cut offs, the blame game on the marking system of the Indian education system, came into existence, yet again. So basically, your abilities and potential depend largely upon the hormones of the person who’s checking your paper, right? WRONG. If the attention is shifted to classroom participation, project work, communication and leadership skills, and extracurricular performance, instead of grades, then only a person will be able to truly showcase his/her true potential.
And lastly, what we actually need to introduce is variety. And speaking on a broader prospect, variety not only in subjects (which is actually highly required, moving away from the three options that students have after Class 10, stuck with Science, Arts or Commerce) but variety in terms of ideas, teaching patterns, and study environment.
And therefore, the Indian education system has still a long path to cover in terms of development and upliftment, but if taken into serious consideration, can actually produce fruits which aren’t only sweet, but have strong seeds too.
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” yes Sir Albert Einstein, we truly understand what you meant to say and how apt it may be for the Indian education system.