Thee Unlearned Learning

ANIMESH SRIVASTAVA 23/08/2018 15:20:43


Education is the root of modernization and human development. Education is a process of learning and it continues throughout the life. It promotes mobilization and encourages people to participate in development activities. Education does for the civilization which nothing else can do. So, it becomes the primal responsibility for the Educators and Pedagogues to be clear as the sky and devoted to their task as the crane is to his prey.

Amidst this palaver, the basic idea which was sought for while imparting education which used to be the multi-dimensional development of the personality of the student making him rational and adapt to advancements taking place with time has got lost somewhere while new features of schools have ebbed up resembling a factory of mass production of goods.

This degenerating phase of the Education System has the potential to lead the future of students and eventually, the country to crash and shatter severely as the Educational Institutions providing education to the children are the world's largest single enterprise in themselves. With the involvement of a bit array of teachers, they cast out the highest numbers of prospective pupils, a large number of future supervisors and administrators for the country. In short, the potential workforces for the development and also the leaders of the country. This kind of institution with such an immense control over the naïve minds and an honest adherence to this extent is alone able to change the view about human life and transform the vision of the masses of the country in
favour that too undeterred if the institution works ceaselessly towards the process of nation-building.

The schooling system plays an important role in the holistic development of the child and a child as a student spends a significant part of his tender age in the school and because of which he is ought to have an indelible effect of every act he sees or performs there so it becomes utmost important that the atmosphere and milieu at the school be that provokes him to learn to innovate and to seek answers as this would lead him to develop learn and be objective which would eventually make him accede in life towards new feats.

But unfortunately, this is not the reality of the Indian education system. The present Indian education system which traces its introduction from the colonial times when in late 1835 Lord Macaulay Or Thomas Babington Macaulay as he was called delivered a speech in the British Parliament Names as "Minutes upon Indian education." in which he severely derided the existing education system which dated back to various centuries and was amended with regimes that came to throne at times. He also emphasized the point that in order to make the Indian workforce productive for English regime the Indians be made to learn English from the initial level.

After this, in the colonial rule, the schools were set up just to impart education and not knowledge and to produce a workforce to work for the Brits. And in accordance to it, they taught people only to mug up things and facts and rescinded the method of innovative and research-based education and subsequent mental development. Which also worked well for them and provided them with insurmountable man power.

After the British left India and it became a republic many changes were brought in various fields and many English setups transformed from the grass root level but then also the education system was completely overlooked devoid of any change and the same has been continuing till now.

But now with changing times the system also needs a drastic change and be revamped according to the modern day needs. They need to get out from this race of marks and subjective knowledge and to emphasize on qualitative education which makes a children learn from practical experiences and exams are not a thing to measure the failure or passing of the one taking exams but the tool to access the depth of knowledge a student has or the area of interest of a child. They need to get out of that image in which they are stereotyped as a place where no innovation takes places and to promote research-based education. Efforts need to be made towards these issues and it should be looked that they get eliminated.

The SECMOL SCHOOL of LADAKH is an Avant-garde as a model of alternative schooling. The interesting fact about this school is that eligibility to take admission here is to FAIL in tenth class. The education given here is through practical means by making students do various tasks related to life sciences and other subjects like gardening, agriculture etc. Economics is taught to them by making and selling things while for learning Geography they travel to plains.

This sort of practical learning has made students more open and interested towards learning and the ratio of students passing board exams in Ladakh has raised to 75% which at times used to be just 5%. While in the present scenario of higher education of the country the colleges are getting frenzied over admissions and are releasing admission cut-offs at 99% thus juxtaposing the talents of students with the marks they achieve writing some subject which may be wired to him and totally untreatable to his practical skills.

Given to these reasons the country witnesses around 20 suicides per day while more devastating is the fact that every 90 minutes a student tries to commit suicide. If thing keeps on going this way the near future of the students could be clearly seen as devastating. With the cessation of exams and up to the declaration of the results the whole mechanism of mentoring, guidance dreams and future (read as brainwashing) once again comes into action and extensive efforts are put up to convince the prospective client (student) and his own dreams molded into that of the established norms of the society.


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