July 21, 2015

Unreasonably Right- Our Education System

The Indian Education System has recently raised my Standard to proud 9 which is usually referred to by a capital 'I' followed by 'X.' Within this journey, I have found a lot of things unreasonable and I fail to understand how this kind of an education system is so widely accepted! This why-so-serious post, needs a disclaimer- "No Offense" 

Because They Said It
Some questions lie unanswered for the students, this is like setting up a base in the air. There is a hollowness which pertains till the person's life and this hollowness fails to be filled. If you consider questions to be a filler in this hollowness, then you have forgotten that this was said by Einstein and Galileo and Wordsworth and Smith! 

Why Did You Not Forget Your Dinner
I forgot my notebook at home is one of the rarest statements heard by students who tend to justify there not bringing notebooks to school. Instead, nowadays, they prefer guests at home or death of their grandmother because they know that if they say they forgot things at home, they will be asked to justify their remembering eating dinner, their remembering playing sports, in fact, they will even be asked to justify their wearing clothes. If this is the kind of response you get to the truth, then we are surely giving an incentive for making excuses and what not! 

I Will Make You Sit in Grade 1
Moreover, if you don't answer a question, you are threatened to be made to sit in Grade 1 just because you fail to remember what you were taught five or six years back. However, I have always failed to understand what the teachers were trying to prove by saying so, considering that they were our respected teachers in Grade 1 too. 

I Will Mark You as Remedial and that's Shameful
The school torture crosses its limits when for a second chance they call it remedial and moreover that's shameful. For teachers, it is remedy to marks and for me, it is nothing more than a second chance to improve. If improving is shameful then lets deteriorate!

You Have Failed
If you fail to pass certain standards of eligibility, you have failed. Well, surely, someone has failed but then, I doubt who has- the student or the teacher? 

We Will Call Your Parents
Well, what's the need! Can't you handle me

Sports and activities are Secondary
Today, we call sports and other activities like dance and music as co-curricular and optional courses. While the curricular genius is believed to be smart and intelligent, the musical genius is stupid and dumb. Albert Einstein once said, Everybody is a genius but if you tend to judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life to believe that it is stupid!

And What Not? 
If you don't improve, then you are threatened to be thrown out of the school and if you do so, you are undergoing a remedy. If you misbehave, you are required to go to the Principal's cabin and if you accept your guilt, then your parents are to be called and you are going to be suspended for a week!

To me all these things have always seemed unreasonable. For a better a society, we need morally rich students and how are we training these students to be morally rich? I fear, from a morally downgraded education system! Today, if a child cheats in examinations, it is because we value his grades more than his moral values. Too often children are given answers to remember than problems to solve. Let the morals be reasoned and ethics be possessed. Let their be some space for the truth!

P.S. No Offense!

July 17, 2015

Sun Rises From the West

That might sound foolish and unscientific but the truth pertains. It seems as if the World is of the West. The Indian stock markets and that worldwide are highly influenced by the West. A recent example of Greece is an evidence. The economic decisions taken in a country 10,200 kilometers beyond the limits of India, have successfully made the stocks in India tumble. The most important articles in our Constitution come from the West- the Fundamental Rights and the Preamble is inspired by the USA, the Parliamentary System and the Rule of Law fled from the United Kingdom, USSR gives us the Fundamental duties and Ireland popped the Directive principles of India's state policies. This light of enlightenment and supposed "Renaissance" has blinded us and it has blinded us so much that we fail to create and re-create our history! India had 16 mahajanpadas stretching throughout the Indo-Gangetic plains and well, in modern terms we call them republics. What the West has done is that it has rebranded the mahajanpadas to be republics and the ideals of upanishads to be Fundamental Duties. And we say, indeed, the Sun rises from the West!     

July 6, 2015

21st Century Fear

Today, one of my juniors came to me and exchanged regards! I had no idea who he was and no idea why he had come to me when I didn't know him. I asked him and he told me that he follows me on QuizUp and had challenged me on some topic!
Well, he could have simply come one day to me and would have said," Can we be friends?" There would have been a little possibility that I would have said no or for that matter anybody else but the case was different! He fulfilled his purpose through a trivia game which gradually also turned out to be a chatting forum for both of us!
 What I can infer from what all has happened is that technology has inserted a fear in all of us, fear of a real time conversation! We all have become so much used to editing and updating that we cannot imagine of a life without edits and that has set up a phobia in us. We fear committing mistakes in real time and hence, we prefer to make friends on social networking websites, connect to people through mail and stay in touch with old friends through messaging forums! These forums have penetrated into our habit and so we tend to omit face-to-face conversations. When human today moves towards a weaker societal living, the process itself will strengthen it in the near future, where Facebook friends will meet for dinners and dinners will make Facebook friends!