Education needs massive disruption


Human enterprise on this planet is based on active learning. All innovations, discoveries and inventions are sparked by deep knowledge, adventurism, curiosity and the quest to improve current levels of human learning. As the world enters a phase of unprecedented technological advancement, education too must transform like never before.

However, the education system has been rigid, unresponsive and stagnant to rapid changes all around. Technological, social, economic and intellectual advancement does not reflect the present format of education. I am referring to the whole of education, from primary to doctorate. General learning objectives, quality standards, knowledge dissemination approach, assessment method, application orientation, technology adaptation, demographic value proposition and quality of teaching are outdated and irrelevant to the immediate present and future demands of human enterprise.

There are some very accomplished students who come from the same education system and who have a global impact. However, these are very few and rare. It makes it clear that excellence is rare and is an exception rather than a norm. This well-established flawed education system produces millions of mediocre results year after year for many decades. The super successful vs. mediocre ratio should easily be 1:10 million. Should these numbers continue?

Quality testing is straightforward. A nation’s society reflects the quality of education in that nation. Social ills, discord, conflicts and the complexity of human relations in a society are quite revealing of the quality of education. The cognitive and emotional competence of individuals, the simplicity or complexity of interpersonal relationships, norms of social behavior, the emotional health of personal, family and social relationships, highlight what education produces in a society or nation.

The range of professional skills, the delivery of skills, work ethic, work culture, professionalism, results orientation, active listening, attentive communication and productivity are real measures of results global education in a nation.

The preservation of indigenous culture, civilizational knowledge, traditions, best practices, history, heritage and humanity is the main obligation of an education system. If we test a nation’s education system based on all of the above variables, it is not very difficult to assess whether that education system is working towards nation building or destruction.

I have a long list of disruptions that are essential in turning our education system into a facilitator of the human spirit, instead of being a handicap (which it is now). However, I can only highlight a few in this column.

Redefining education

The goals of education must be redefined. They should be specific and focused on the dissemination of knowledge, clarity of concepts and human skills. Learning bands do not need to be determined by levels. Learning tracks should focus on individual choices guided by the student’s personal skills, measured using cognitive assessment and psychometry, rather than rigid standards set by schools / colleges or institutions. regulatory bodies.

The big question is “What is education for?” The answer can give more than 100 dimensions and reasons to redefine “education”. For example, if education is only for employment, what about empowerment? What about emotional congruence? And the responsibility? What about ethical behavior? & What about the other 100 outcomes education needs to drive.

If the current education system is unable to provide these essential attributes to an individual even after 10 + 2 + 4 + 2 years, what is good about being educated?

Align with development stages

A small part of my big solution for this century-old mess is to align education with the natural stages of human development. The training years range from 0 to 8, 4 to 8 being an age with very acute sensory perception. This should be the age to drive all the core values, sensory skills, cultural, cognitive and emotional congruence related to education. This is when core values ​​like respect, honor, truth, responsibility, regulation, curiosity, adventure and cultural skills like music, dance, languages, singing, painting and other key learnings can be easily taught.

Our education system has been founded and run by colonial masters for hundreds of years to produce slaves. Should we continue to follow the same system even after the masters have freed us? Who should we blame for the rigid, stereotypical mass personalized education that primarily produces rude, disrespectful, irresponsible, disloyal, abusive, addictive, provocative and deviant youth across the country? I do not blame generation after generation of irresponsible young individuals, who have lost great opportunities for a good life. It is the current generation of parents who must be held accountable for not demanding massive change, as they visibly see and experience in every family the products that school and college education produces today.

I am not generalizing the results, there may be exceptions. However, rare exceptions don’t count for much, when the numbers are so large and the results are visible and felt everywhere.

Youth, being an asset, cannot be turned into a handicap for the nation just because we all choose to look away and use helpless phrases like “this is the way”, “this is the generation. Internet “,” they are going to be better as they get older “,” they are smarter than us “, etc. There is not a single family with teenagers who does not have serious challenges regulating even basic social behaviors. now. Is this normal? Was it like that one, two or three generations ago? What’s new now? Is it the result of high educational standards? Or are we- have we fallen to the bottom of western stereotypes for age, phase and gender?

If more than two decades of education cannot get individuals to be mentally compliant and socially responsible for their words and actions, especially at ages 12 to 20, what good is this education? While millions of young people in this age group cannot make good eye contact, communicate effectively, respect parents, have meaningful conversations, and are drowned in addiction to chats, calls, gadgets, devices, late nights, alcohol and drugs – should we welcome or disrupt this “international new age education”?

(The author is the BJP’s chief spokesperson and an organizational strategist)


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