Thursday, September 4, 2008

Siksha Adhoori.... [Education Incomplete....]

That morning he had a class test. He knew that he hadn’t prepared for it at all. He prayed to GOD that the teacher should not come to school so that the test automatically get cancelled which he knew that it had a very less probability. Still he made up his mind that he would go in and give the test and manage to see what happens after that. Suddenly something sparkled in his mind and he remembered the India Australia One Day match that day. Though he was aware that India would loose the match, but yet he couldn’t resist himself to choose for the match between his match v test contest. He also remembered the other day when he skipped the match for the test. He didn’t do the test well and because of that he was badly scolded by his teacher. He hated his routine tests every week. He decided to sit and watch the match. One of the most common reasons he had to take a leave was loose motion. That day also he did the same and took an off to the school and enjoyed the match. At the end of the day India lost as he predicted and also the teacher didn’t come to school. Alas!... the entire fun of the day went off…..

This is one page from my Diary and if I turn back the pages of my diaries I can find ‘n’ number of such stupid but interesting stories. I hope every reader here might have even more interesting stories to tell…. When deeply assessed the problem is not just the exam which I feared about, it is the post mortem which will happen after the exam which feared me…… some how I felt treacherous to myself at times. Without confusing too much I would straight away take you to the issue which I want to discuss here :) , it’s about the educational system followed in the school.

Generally there is a feel that children are mischievous and they can be made disciplined only by a proper way of bringing them up. This thought is there at both school and at the house, but many hardly fail to understand that children are children. They are supposed to do what they want to do and we have no right to stop them doing it. A child start to learn things from the very next day it comes on this earth. The child knows when to cry, when to laugh and to whom it should pass smile. When we are not the ones who introduce these senses to them, then why we try to teach them common sense [rather we should learn it now :P]. Now after the parents its time for the school….

School is the place where children mentor’s themselves (I really mean it). I feel teachers should play a role in making the children mentor themselves rather than they play a mentor’s role. Most of our school education has routine classes where a teacher teaches a fixed curriculum and they never bother about what the child needs at all [A few exceptions are there but I’m talking about the majority]. What they all feel is if the child gets a mark of more than 90 in a subject, then his education has been wonderful and he is brilliant. No… that’s not at all the thing!!!!..There are much more….. I never see an open space for the children to express themselves. By children I mean a student studying in class KG - Class XII…… There is no open forum where he can talk or discuss about what he feels… We’ve always heard and seen teacher’s judge on the children who don’t pay attention to studies. We’ve really had a very few teacher’s with us who identifies what else interest that particular child.

For me education means not just learning a few subjects, it’s about imparting a moral value in a person where he / she develops himself / herself as a personality and make others reflect on them….. Our entire system of school has just compressed the life of a child into a classroom with four walls and a blackboard and yes not to forget the two hours in a week Physical Training period where we get to go beyond the bounded wall….. Every lecture was for one hour, where a few teacher’s were extremely supreme in making the children scare on them on their entry [usually people gets scared only on Villain’s entry on screen]. There were a few teachers’s who made their class a very pleasant space to be and a few made the children sleep as well…… Some of the teacher’s reflected their frustrations from home on the children….. All these makes a child to think a few things in the class [at lease I defend these points from my point of view only]…..

1. When will the recess bell ring…
2. When will the lunch period begin….
3. When will I reach back home….

I also remember we all used to stand up when the teacher comes in and when they walk out. It’s an honor which we pay to the people who are making us….. And it should come from the child’s heart, but in most of the cases our adoration came in on compulsion……

Teachers should be learners….. They should keep exploring the possibility of innovative and interesting things which interests children. Recently I got to meet a teacher who teaches class I in a school [name with held :)], and I was interacting with her on education and how school should be and what are the practices which we can bring in by innovative education etc. She was hearing all the stories….interestingly :). Finally I was sharing about some of the interesting books like John Holt’s Escape from Childhood, Instead of Education.. Books like Divaswapna, Tho-tho chan which shares about the introspectiveness of children and innovative education and learning. After hearing all these things she replied “I’m sorry, I might sound rude but I don’t want to read all these things and you are going over bored by advising me”. I was shell shocked and I really felt pity for those children who she’ll be teaching. If a teacher is not ready to learn about things which the children needs and can’t adjust to it then what will they do at the school? I just felt that the teacher is in fact seriously ruining a couple of futures.

Finally to conclude on, Today is teacher’s day but how many of us called back or wished our teacher’s who put in efforts to make us what we are today?..... Only a very few of us, wishes a very few of our teachers, nevertheless we wish all our friends on friendship day and on their birthdays too… We always have a habit of doing back things, and we call it as reciprocation, and in fact Newton’s third law too says every action has an equal and opposite reaction [though logically fits the discussion, but technically not], but have we ever reciprocated something for our teachers????...have we ever reached them back and thanked them???...... Then what is the education we got or what the education the system has given?. We all are a part of educated illiterate……. When we are educated illiterates then “hamaari Siksha hi adhoori” [our education is incomplete]……

2 comments:

Debamitro said...

I have nothing to comment here. You only know too well how strongly I agree with such things! I believe that teaching and learning are mutually exclusive -- that schools are an invention only 2-3 centuries old who do nothing but kill one's individuality. However, most people would disagree with these stuff, since we all have grown up seeing campaigns of 'educating people' -- so we are more likely to believe that an outsider can judge or impart education and that we need more such outsiders else we'd go to hell. I am not saying something like "to hell with teachers" here -- rather I want to say that the student should judge the teacher and choose him/her rather than the other way round, and that learning is always an individual's journey through life.

selva ganapathy said...

I some how feel like guru kul was one best example we have with us on how a child should be mentored. Once you give a problem [I mean any thing] to a child, he / she tries to find out different ways to solve it or find a possible solution to it, rather than we telling them the conventional ways to solve it up. This some how puts a barrier to the imagination skill of the child.

Well there are lot of such small differences which should be integrated within the school system..... With due course of time lets try our best possible way to do it :).....