Most educational institutions in India don’t produce professionals, but clueless people with a degree and no skills to justify it.
But why is that?
Of the many problems we have, one is rote learning in schools.
More or less every school and college in India does it. And it starts at an early age too. If the roots of a tree are bad, how could the tree itself be any good?
Take Kindergarten, for instance. Have you seen how the kids’ homework is checked? Smiley face for good work, frowny face for bad work, and big red circles to show where they went wrong. This happens over and over again, until the kids feel that the reason they’re doing homework is not to learn, but to get smiley faces. And so, it continues.
Kids grow up and keep working for grades. Since no effort is made to make students, at any level, actually learn the material, they end up cramming stuff without understanding it.
Kindergarteners work for smiley faces, school goers work for grades, college students work for getting a high paying job, and office goers work for the salary bonus.
So, what’s the point?
The current education model that we have just doesn’t work.
Students who spend all their time trying to get good grades end up learning little and as a result can’t perform well at work.
On the other hand, those who spend all their time learning end up getting bad grades and get rejected by companies.
Therefore, we need to revolutionize the entire Indian education system. However, it’s easier said than done.
Is there a solution?
Yes, but the execution is tough.
We could filter the bad teachers out, but that has several problems.
- Who would filter them out?
- What would be the deciding factors, or parameters for distinguishing between the good and the bad ones?
- What if we do filter the bad ones out, but then face a shortage of teachers?
The better thing to do would be to encourage the bad teachers to improve and ensuring that they do.
How would they improve?
Student feedback is very helpful and often underestimated. I’ve only given feedback in my school like 4 times, and it felt like a joke back then. Everyone was having fun. Feedback seemed not important. But, it is.
One temporary solution that comes to mind is online learning.
Khan Academy is a good place to learn, especially if you’re in high school.
If you’re in college, you can try going to Class-central and search for the online courses that you find interesting.
Also, those of us who want to teach stuff can create content online and help others learn. But, we have to be careful. If more people start teaching the wrong way, it will do more harm than good.
How can we teach better? By constantly improving our teaching style. Again, the best way to do that, in my opinion, is feedback. As long as we focus on bettering ourselves, I’m sure there will be improvement.
Giving up hope is not an option. It all boils down to how we choose to look at it.
If we think it’s a problem worth solving, we would be right.
If we think it’s worthless and nothing could be done, we would be right even then.
I know that it’s a tough road ahead full of hurdles. But, it’s a road worth traversing. I believe we can do it, together.
That’s all, folks. Stay tuned for more rants.
What do you think can be done to make India better in this regard?
Helpful comments are always encouraged.
Links to online platforms mentioned:
- Khan Academy: