Present Education

Topics: Education, Teacher, Higher education Pages: 3 (929 words) Published: May 6, 2013
Present Education as I see it:
Someone approached me to teach his ward some mathematics or rather to supplement what could not be comprehensively deciphered from the notes from the plethora of private tutors (I don't know whether the notes are photocopies of age-old yellowish original manuscripts written in the last century and passed on from generation to generation). I am not blaming the notes or their authors rather I have the highest regard for both. But what a young impressionable mind in early teens need to appreciate is the beauty, thrill and magic of a subject. For example, in Mathematics the student should be exposed to and told about the interconnecting web that different streams of mathematics offers and how an insight of the interconnection of different streams of mathematics makes learning a seamless fun and that cannot happen if the teenager is considered as a raw material in a factory devoted to production of identical finished goods at the highest production rate attainable so that in given time the maximum number of students are churned out through the machine called a tutorial. I was horrified when I found that the student in question is reading from a book of MCQs which is like a question bank and not even sure of the name of the text books let alone read, read and ingest, digest and internalize the contents of the text book that has been the text book to students for the last hundred years or so and still considered to be the last word in the subject. Neither the student nor the parents are to be blamed. Because A-sir or B-sir or X-sir or Y-Sir will take mock tests which are not only mocks of the JEE or AIEEE or this or that but also makes a mockery of education. The student laps up the MCQ book as it enables the poor fellow to score in the mock creating a sense of great complacence and comfort for the parents and the student with their eyes fixed upon thee goal of getting into IIT, NIIT or likes like the proverbial eye of the bird aimed...
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