Education has two aspects. The first one is related to an external and worldly education which is nothing but acquiring bookish knowledge. We may find many who are well versed and highly qualified in this aspect. The second aspect of education known as edu-care is related to drawing out the best qualities or talent within every child. The true aim of education is to deal with real-life situations, make someone able enough to earn his lively hood, to strengthen ethical and spiritual values, as well as broaden scientific and technological knowledge.
However, education in a populated country like India (which has the potential to educate five hundred more pupils in the coming decade) seems to suffer from some deep-rooted problems. Here, education is becoming a system synonymous with memorizing. Teaching to memorise does not inspire the desire or love to learn, rather turns it off. A change is, therefore, much required. The approach should be to practice and be interactive. The aim should be to understand the subject rather than cramming it, and the evaluation should be planned accordingly. This can certainly bring back the fun of acquiring knowledge. Our nation needs an education system that excites and stimulates children’s minds by providing them with the learning they deserve to fulfil their potential. This means providing a curriculum of practical and vocational learning alongside theoretical study.
Unfortunately, today, we have a one-size-fits-all education system that does not enable all children to thrive in their own capacity. We must recognise that different children have different talents and dreams. Not all children learn in the same way or manner of teaching. We need to move towards an inclusive system that allows children to develop their talent and aspirations. Through the right curriculum, we must support them to discover their passion, strengths and dreams. The schools should encourage and support teachers to respond to the different needs of students in the school. For the same, they need to train and equip teachers to cater to diverse student needs, learning styles and personality traits by using varied teaching strategies. In this process, there will certainly be a few challenges for not only teachers but also for administrators and policymakers. However, it will be worth the effort.
I would like to pen that few institutes are already moving towards this change. The seeds for the change are sprouting but they won’t grow or flourish without everyone’s support. Hence, I would like to conclude by quoting Aristotle - “Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity. Indeed, a moment of adversity beat unemployment, political instability or crisis of identity- It is own creative and cultured mind which will give us refuge and enable us to reinvent ourselves to match the needs of our time.''