What is wrong with the Education System?

Indian education system has always been somewhat twisted, it has major drawbacks. No amount of changes like CCE and whatever has been coming up since I left school in 2008 will do it any good. I might not be an expert but when I judge from a student’s eye, I know something is horribly wrong with this system. Why do I say this? I will slowly and steadily unfurl my reasons in this post.

I will narrate an incident which I happen to remember from the time when I was a naive second grader. My teacher had given the class an essay titled “My Daily Routine”, she had dictated us that essay, and we were to narrate the same  essay in the class. The kids who spoke before me, quoted the exact words of the teacher’s essay. When my turn came I probably thought it was cool to throw in some facts from my own routine, so instead of being a parrot I decided to narrate my own version of the essay. Lo and behold!! I had gone horribly wrong, in thinking it was cool to have my own version. The class laughed, the teacher ridiculed and that is where the creativity of a seven year old died. I was too young to understand, there was nothing wrong in being differing from the crowd. Until and unless you are right there is absolutely nothing WRONG! I could not, despite wanting to, differ from the teacher, I wasn’t wrong, it was something very small but the teacher refused to accept something that was original.

Another incident, this one more vivid from the faded pages of my memory. Fast forward to second grade to ninth. Again an English class, we were reading the famous and now my favorite poem, The Road not Taken by Robert Frost. The teacher raised a question,           ” how many of you will follow the road not taken?” I raised my arm up high, sure my class-mates would do the same, I looked around. To my utter disbelief I was the solitary one who dared to prefer the road not taken. The bigger shock came when the teacher thought it was always a better idea to take the road more traveled upon rather than treading on the so called road not taken. She had totally killed the essence of the poem. This time again the teacher had discouraged her pupils from being creative.

These are just two examples I can recall but they are more than enough to be alibis of the fact that Indian Education system curbs creativity. There is no room for creativity, it was and will always be the greatest promoter of rote learning. I know there will be a lot of fingers raised when I state that, but folks one odd student from each school cannot change this fact. The majority is still running in the rat race trying to bell the cat. I don’t know how CCE works, but I see no change. All I gather from the few respected educators, my mother being one of them, the entire situation is the same with little change.

If I am in touch with school education anymore, it is because of my mother, a veteran in this area, the things she tells me about her students are somewhat disheartening. They are not empathetic towards each other or the society, they call each other names, differentiate each other on the basis of skin color. Most of this is not new, we have probably all done that but why can’t we change it? What good is it learning math when you make fun of the kid from economically weaker section in your class? If instead of helping  a classmate with a physical disability you jeer at him, what use is your education? The kids have forgotten their moral values and the educators their duty to inculcate those values in them.

Before asking these young people to pick up books and teaching them the alphabets we need to first teach them how to be humane, education is certainly important but while imparting education we mustn’t forget the basics like the need to respect fellow human beings. This is where the system goes wrong, it focuses on rote learning, scores and competition. I think there are many other factors where the system might be wrong but right now these two things need an immediate change. The fire in creative minds should never be doused and the students should not be just taught from the books but should be given some real life lessons. I strongly believe if we need a better country to live in, a country with a bright future, creative minds and empathetic leaders we need to revolutionize the education system.


The Storm Called Arnab Goswami

If you are an avid news watcher, there is no way that you haven’t watched at least one of Arnab Goswami’s debates. He is the guy who probably makes the politicians wet their pants and makes Barkha Dutt look sweet and subtle on her shows. The NEWS on Indian channels has seen a paradigm shift. From the monotonous NEWS readers on DD to the war-like discussions we witness now. I am not a fan of the prime time debates on all the channels. All the people featuring on these debates to me look like chickens arguing over which one of them laid maximum eggs, exactly that’s how pointless I find all these debates.

I can’t reason what we are learning from discussing “Whether Bollywood item numbers have a role to play in the rapes happening across the country” or  “Where did Owaissi go wrong with his speech.”  The debates, if at all we can call them debates are absolutely meaningless and a pain to ears.

Source: fakingnews.com

Source: fakingnews.com

Arnab, the most visible face on television today, is probably the only journalist who is not politically biased and popular for asking the politicians the toughest questions putting them in a spot. Remember Renuka Chaudhary’s face when she last came, looked she was going to burst into tears? But, I wonder are these debates conventional enough. Being the anchor shouldn’t he wait for people to answer and listen to them instead of butting in every two seconds to give his personal opinion? Arnab, the nation needs to know why exactly you call people when you don’t let them complete their sentences?

Honestly saying it out loud and blaming politicians for each and every thing is not the answer, it doesn’t help either. Yes, it does put the politicians to shame, probably makes them want to hide their faces but do we ever get a solution? I remember Arnab hosting a debate where he called Abhijeet Mukherjee, president’s son and he kept asking him why he gave the “painted and dented” statement. Mukherjee incessantly kept saying he had withdrawn the statement, but the macho man, the savior of the country; Arnab Goswami kept pressing the issue. Mukherjee, forgive me for the language, is an absolute buffoon to make a statement like that for women but pursuing him that way on the national television didn’t solve the problem either, correct me if it did.

Arnab points out at the issues, sometimes not so precisely, throws facts at generally ignorant guests like he is firing cannonballs at them, makes them uncomfortable, questions his own questions ( I have not seen even one debate concluding productively, there are no answers). His skill lies not in journalism but in creating controversies and providing entertainment through dumbed down, rhetorical news. The nation needs an answer from him, what is the point of News Hour? We demand an answer NOW!!