Most of us would believe Schooling and Education are synonyms but is it so? One of the most colossal problems in the contemporary world is widening of the gap between Schooling and Education. In today’s world schooling has become a law for every individual but is it
fulfilling the criterion for proper education. The answer is vague for many but apparent for the rational people. All the modern day schools have just become an Industry of robot production as the circumscription of a student is confined. Confining to a human mind is inhumane. Achieving the impossible, exploring the unthinkable, travelling to places we cannot even see, Inventions, Discoveries, Creativity, Innovation are some puny definitions of a human mind.
Let’s turn some pages backward to where it all began. Education should be common to all is what we aspire but our history gives us an ambiguous idea of the same. Initially it was same to all. The goal of then education was to attain moksha and enlightment of the human mind. Later due to superiority complexes, the education was imparted on the basis of caste and the related duties that one had to perform as a member of a specific caste. The Brahmans learned about scriptures and religion while the Kshatriya was educated in the various aspects of warfare. The Vaishya caste learned commerce and other specific vocational courses while education was largely denied to the Shudras, the lowest caste. What was this? Contemporarily it is the same just in place of Brahmans, Kshatriya, Vaishya and Shudra we have public schools, private schools and local schools. Education system is no more a place
where the knowledge is imparted, it is a business. Limiting the students to subject syllabus,
Examination based on tenacity, grading system are some of the common methods. As a result the student doesn’t have any practical knowledge whatsoever. They are too unknown to the wonders a human mind can do. Every individual is unique and possesses a unique genre too is an accepted fact but the same does not apply. Instead he/she is subjected to a rigorous training which he/she may have no interest. The society plays a tricky role in oppressing this law to an individual.
In our country becoming doctors and engineers has been the wave for the last 3-4 decades. Should it be so limited? Is being a chef, tattoo maker, gardener, hair stylist etc. an absurd thing? Not for the youth nowadays. They are exploring genres which never existed, creativity and Innovation is in the ambience. Ever heard of the term free education, open learning, autodidactic etc. These are the principles of Education in the modern Era. Sudbury Valley School, Massachusetts, US is based on these principles. There students are not forced to sit and learn rather they are free and responsible for their own time. Subjects and time are no boundary. No grades to judge you besides if you are exploring your genre you will be the best
at what you do. These principles are the need of the hour for every school.
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