This is one of the highly debated questions among the youth of our nation. As time as passed on and we got more exposed to different cultures, practices, people of different nations through globalization. That was the point of realization for us, was our education system worth existing for? and wasn’t there a need for change too.
Indian Education system need a lot of fixations, it should start within the core itself. The way the education system works, affects the mental health of the students too and it is important to have a healthy student both mentally and physically for a better nation.
Here are a few problems that needed to be fixed.
Indian Education system focuses more on marks than what is actually learned. We live in a society where marks matter and not what has been learned by the student. Students are forced by their parents and teachers to score marks, while not worrying how it affects their mental health. When we focus on marks, we always tend to forget one thing that is whether the knowledge was actually imparted to the child.
Rote learning should not be practiced, learning with experience is what matters. When people practice rote learning, it never stays in the memory of the child. Teachers at school now tell students to memorize everything and come, while it might be easy for some it will not be the same for all. There are students who cannot study too much theory, while some cannot understand a lot of mathematical problems.
The way the human brain works is different from one to another, in some people, the left side of the brain works and right side for the rest.
And so we cannot expect everyone to memorize what is learned, instead if learning by experience is done then we could get better results. When students experience and learn something, there are higher chances of not forgetting it. Mahatma Gandhi, the father of our nation was the one who suggested the idea of learning by experimenting/ experiencing. Learning in a four walled room would never help a child grow fully. Rabindranath Tagore in 1901 build Shanthi Niketan in order to emphasize the need to learn with the nature. Classes in this school wasn’t held in four walled classrooms instead on the ground next to trees.
In India, there is a wide disparity between a science and arts student. Students who take arts are often stereotyped to be less intelligent. Arts subject is not given the same subject value as those of science and commerce does. Parents force their children to take science, leaving them with no option than learning it. One important thing while studying is, loving the subject. We should always make sure to love our books, then only they will love us back.
Not every student wants to study the routine subjects, some likes extracurricular activities more. Some students are very much talented in music, dance, instrumental music, sports and lots more, but with a busy schedule at school they are forced to throw away their talents and study. This kind of system harms the young minds.
India should learn from countries like Finland, which focuses on the overall development of a child rather than academic performances. We need a youth fully capable of their strengths and weaknesses.