The change we need in our education system

Basis of modern education system

Everything around us has changed drastically since the 1800’s. The beginning of a new era marked by the industrial revolution in Great Britain, helped shape the modern world for better or worse. The first industry to make this transition was Textile. It was the first time in human history that a man could produce goods in large quantities, at a faster pace, and at a less effective price. The factories did not require enormous manpower, because most of the work was done with the help of machines, as a result, lot of people involved in manual labor in textiles lost their jobs.

New jobs were created in the process but it required knowledge of operating the newly built machines. Education until then, was only available to elites but the Industrial Revolution opened the doors of schools and colleges for poor and homeless. The idea was to create a literate, obedient and skilled citizenry for growth of the manufacturing industry.

A picture of present situation

Schools haven’t changed much since then,(at least in rural – sub-urban India) most of them(schools) didn’t want students to question what they were taught. We are asked to mug up the answers to the questions word by word (including punctuations) and told to vomit it in the exam papers. Teachers checking the papers don’t have to read and understand the answer, they just match it with their answer and give marks. Any modern OCR capable computer can replace those teachers.

Colleges aren’t any better. Students are required to complete the same projects as done by their seniors. No practical knowledge, no research work required. Just copy the work from your seniors and submit them to get full marks.
Viva-voce can be cleared by mugging up everything written in your project.

Many of the recruiters aren’t recruiting newly born engineers for high posts because they lack the knowledge and experience required for those jobs.

One apparent solution:

With so many opportunities at hand these days, institutes providing courses on IT can generate side income by deploying their students to work together on making games and apps. It’ll also benefit the students by testing their ability to work as a team. Moreover, when they’re being interviewed they’ll have an actual monetized project to present.
Every field of an educational institute, not just IT, can benefit from this approach. For example, art students can have a book published by their school or they can have a blog where everyone can write their own articles for the world to see. It’ll also encourage students to write more and understand the thoughts and views of other people when they engage with outside audience through the comments section. This will broaden their minds.

School should encourage students to think and innovate, rather than constraining them to specific set of beliefs. Many schools around the world have already started following new methods of teaching, promoting research work and not burdening students with unnecessary home works. Finland is among those countries and I really hope that India joins the list because proper education is very important to cater to the needs of a country with rising population.

Humans are an asset, it’s time educational institutes stopped treating them like liabilities.

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