IMPORTANCE OF ENLIGHTENED EDUCATION TODAY
“Children ought to be educated, not for the present, but for a possibly improved condition of man in the future; that is, in a manner which is adapted to the idea of humanity and the whole destiny of man”. Immanuel Kant
Looking at the current scenario of education in our country, the above stated thought of Immanuel Kant echoes the reality of how far we have drifted away from the actual philosophy and aim of education. The present educational system of our country itself acts as a stumbling block in our progress from a developing nation to a developed nation. It is time that we identify our lacunae in the field of education that threaten our progress and find solutions.
So far our education system has fulfilled its purpose of providing literacy to the country’s younger generation and producing productive workforce, however the present times, demand more than just mere job oriented population , we need entrepreneurs and collaborators who can take our country to the next level of evolution. Today we can boast of a younger generation whose ideologies, aspirations, value system and ambitions are different from the past generations and this can be harnessed to produce the next crop of self-actualized individuals who can become global citizens without compromising on our value systems and one’s self identity.
One of the basic flaws of our education system is that we are producing crammers and rewarding the brains that can memorize. Any deviation from this is discouraged and mocked upon. Our evaluation systems need to be restructured by incorporating assessment of cognitive, psychomotor and affective domains of the students. Originality, innovation and problem solving skills need to be recognized and encouraged.
In the colonial times, education focused on developing accountants and clerks and till today we have not deviated much from it. Today the focus is on clearing the competitive exams and entering into...
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