Defining Education

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Education today is available to every individual across different areas and backgrounds irrespective of caste, creed and religion. There was a time when education was an exclusive right preserved for the rich or the fortunate ones. But with growing sensitization and awareness, education has become a fundamental right under the constitution. Education is important for the progress of any country but the question is are we receiving the right kind of education? Is education really helpful in the development of the individual? Any individual with more knowledge can be called an educated man? Those who do not receive formal education can be called uneducated?

Many questions still remain as to what can be described as the perfect example of education. Education in India has become more of a mechanical process where humans in the form of raw materials are taken into an the institution, processed in huge numbers through assembly process and produced into a finished product to be sold into the job market. The best products are sold and bought by the customers while there are few mediocre products that struggle to make their way into the market and the rest of them lie rejected as they are declared incompetent by the customers.

Gandhi believed in “Basic education for all” in which he states that knowledge and work are not separate. He believed that the western education system made students more alienated and career oriented. There was a time when the relation between teacher and the student was the most highest and respected relationship of all. The Guru shishya relation was cherished for lifetime and the teachers would guide their students in all walks of life and mentor them to grow into a better person in future. Alas! today, teaching profession has become a less respected field in all aspects. The students no more look forward to learning something new from their teachers with increasing access to technology and other information sources.

‘I know it all ‘ attitude works for many young students today due to easy availability of technology and vast options of online courses. Students do not look forward to class lessons anymore. They do not look at it as an opportunity of learning something new. That might set a bad trend for the classrooms in future. With growing population and growing number of students, it is difficult for any teacher to concentrate on every student. Therefore, it becomes impossible for the teacher as well as the institution to ensure a holistic development of the child.

The classroom today mostly involves lessons and exams based on those lessons. While there are few kids who would pass the exams with flying colors and are tagged as ‘intelligent’, there might be other kids who may not do well in exams and are tagged as ‘weak’. The kids feed on classroom lessons and tuition with the sole aim of getting a job or having a good career when they grow up. There are many men who have managed to create a place for themselves in the society despite having no access to education yet they are in a position to create a job market for people. Would we call such men uneducated? What would make him and an educated man different from each other?

Our country does not need intelligent scholars for a better future but we need mediocre students who have the ability and curiosity to learn something new. What could possibly be wrong in having ‘weak’ students? If education was all about getting a good job or developing a career for an individual, it would not require  teachers and  institution to do it. Education today is been perceived in a wrong way by many parents and children.

It is not just the teacher but every individual and the environment around the child is a part of the education process that can help the child in the overall development. Many parents have realized the effects of commercial education and have resorted to home schooling. Be it home schooling or school education, any child cannot receive complete education till the time they are taught the value of education in their lives and the schools on their part should revise their concept of a ‘wholesome’ education. Only then can we ensure a better and a brighter future for the country with real educated children.

4 thoughts on “Defining Education

  1. You know, even in institutes in India that promise holistic development, there are a bunch of stupid rules in selection of subjects, no freedom at all. Plus, at the moment, it DOES feel like colleges are all placement factories, with outdated production methods.


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