It’s my second topic for discussion with my friend Bod. The content is aimed at most of the private colleges in my country where marks are more important than creativity.
MODERN DAY EDUCATION SYSTEM…
To understand the modern day education system, I guess, we must gain a better insight of, what education is!
Few famous (and indeed my favourite) quotes describing education, are:
• Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one learned in school. ~ Albert Einstein.
• Education is not the preparation of life; education is life itself. ~John Dewey.
Different perceptions lead to different definitions and according to me, no perception is right or wrong. Each is simply different and unique.
As a child, there were a few questions about education which frequently used to bother me. They were:
- Why we educate ourselves?
- Why do we go to schools and colleges, when all we want is, to land a job? I mean, I can land a job even without wasting these many years of mine on educating myself. Isn’t it?!
Gradually, I figured out something and being a science student helped me to understand it even better. I learned that in this universe, everything seeks stability. From a small ion to a huge star, everything in this cosmos wants to achieve the most optimum level of energy and stabilize itself.
1. Friction ensures that things don’t move forever and can achieve stability in motion.
2. An ion reacts to achieve a stable atomic configuration.
3. A human being wants to earn money to achieve a stable lifestyle.
So, the basic principal behind every single action on this planet is to gain stability of some kind. Isn’t it so?
And I think, it won’t be wrong to say that Knowledge stabilizes our intellect, and a stable intellect certainly knows, how to channelise the inner-energy flow in the most optimum way so as to bring out the most productive results or in simple words, I could say that a stable intellect knows the art of living.
According to me, education is the process of acquiring knowledge.
Our modern day education system of schools and colleges, is teaching our children to be tough and active in this age of competition. It teaches them to crack any exam and get a higher paying job and there is nothing wrong in that because most of the focus of our system(especially in my country) is to help the students achieve a lifestyle.
I agree that never before did human race progress (with new discoveries and inventions) like our modern day human being. But, in this competitive age, we might have learned to achieve a lifestyle (which is undoubtedly important) but haven’t we forgotten to have a life? I agree that we have learned to compete but haven’t we forgotten to contribute?
All the depression, stress and tension in this busy world let us survive but do not let us live.
I studied about a few ancient methodologies of teaching and realized that to yield a better personality out of a person, we must include value education as an integral part of our curriculum.
Finally, I believe that education doesn’t begin at school but at home itself and that we should let our children acquire knowledge from a very young age. Unfortunately, we provide them with information and not knowledge. I often notice, people teaching their toddlers about what is good/bad or what is right or wrong, but I strongly feel that in this way, the child loses its ability to figure out things by itself. I agree that, providing them information is important but overfeeding them with information is in no way helping them. Instead of teaching our children about what is right or wrong, we must tell them, why we feel that something’s right or wrong and should give them their own space and time to figure things out by themselves.
Similar thing happens in some schools and colleges, where we mostly feed them with already existing facts and figures and doesn’t give the students much space and time to figure out and question things.
Even with our so-called modern education system, we face broils and disturbances in the society and the sole reason behind this is the preconceived notions we are feeding our young generation with (preconceived notions of race, religion, caste, creed, love, beauty, etc.).
There is a fine line between information and knowledge (my guru told me this).
Information is what others feed us with, and knowledge is when we ourselves come up with a practical use of that information using our own intellect. ~Prof. S.k. Mahajan
So, to really educate our children, we must encourage them to acquire knowledge and must stop over-feeding them with preconceived notions .