Indian Educational Reforms : High Time

Sir Einstein once said, "Everybody is a Genius. But If You Judge a Fish by Its Ability to Climb a Tree, It Will Live Its Whole Life Believing that It is Stupid"

The Indian education system has been able to establish IITs, IIMs, law schools and various other prestigious institutions of excellence but rote learning still plagues our system. The mind-numbing competition and rote learning are one deadly combination that doesn’t only crush the creativity and originality of millions of Indian students but also drives brilliant students to commit suicide.

Our students study only to score marks in exams, and to crack exams like IIT JEE, AIIMS or CLAT. The colonizers introduced this education system in India to create clerks and civil servants, and we have not developed much since then, in terms of imparting knowledge.

On top of that, even when people are spending their life savings and borrowed money on their kids’ education, they are not getting standard education, and are struggling to find employment of their choice.

We also live in a country where people see education as their means of climbing up the social and economic ladder. If the education system is failing – then it is certainly not due to lack of demand for a good education, or because a market for education does not exist.

However, the Education system in India is failing because of more intrinsic reasons. There are systemic faults that do not let our demand for good education translate into excellent educational services. And it is high time we rescue the next generation from turning into victims of an unrealistic, pointless and mindless rat race.

Innovative Educational Reforms

  • In order to bring the required changes, for starters, the government needs to take the baton in their hands and eradicate rote learning from the schools at all levels.
  • In turn, we need to encourage conceptual learning where students are motivated to understand the concepts, retain and apply them.
  • Furthermore, marks still continue to play the most important card as the pressure of marks often makes students underperform. However, instead of focusing the evaluation on a three-hour exam, the focus of evaluation should be classroom participation, projects, communication, leadership skills, and co-curricular activities.
  • Another factor that cannot be neglected is the role of teachers, the second parents. Since they are the influencers at the grass-root level, they should be given the best of class training. The training has to be imparted in a way that makes them well equipped to act as parents to the children away from their homes.
  • If taught in a congenial and home-like atmosphere, students would feel empathy and love which in turn would reflect in their behaviors.
  • Lastly, we ought to understand the importance of the personalization of education. We need to accept that the absorption power of every student cannot be the same. Hence, the teaching method also cannot remain the same for every student.

Some students have a faster learning pace and some are slow. Teachers must have a keen eye on observing each of their students.

While it is not humanly possible for a single teacher to pay attention to every student, schools must start looking at the use of technologies like artificial intelligence and chatbots who can become the helping hand to the teachers as well as students.

Having said that, it cannot be denied that preaching is much easier than doing. Before demanding the changes for the next generation, we need to make ourselves aware of the purpose of education. It is time for us to rise above scores and placements to admit that education involves wisdom and values and that success is not measured in money.