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“The fact is, we need prisons that are more like schools, and schools that are less like prisons.” – Salvatore Striano It’s a cage. It’s a cage so big that you don’t see its borders. And hence, it doesn’t feel like a cage. But believe me, it’s a cage. It’s a cage where we are taught how to hold a pencil, but never why to hold it. It’s a cage where we are taught what equality is, but never what equity is. It’s a cage, where we are given information, but never let free to observe on our own. It’s a cage where they teach you how to survive, but never how to live after that. It’s a cage so big that it doesn’t feel like a cage. But believe me, it’s a cage. This National Education Day let’s reminiscence what started as an educational revolution has turned out to be a cage for the students & business for the educators. Here is our case:
The education system of India is the worst one, so far. Why? Because it sucks. I mean, you get nearly killed while completing your schooling and yet, there’s still a compulsion of getting a degree to identify yourself as a person in this country. There’s no place for your talents. Oh but, if memorizing the solutions of Physics and Mathematics is your talent then, as I said before, the cage is quite big. I remember, every year we used to go buy book-sets for school at the beginning of each session. I remember how excited I used to be because of “new” books. It is now that I realize how stupid I was to call books that haven’t been revised for almost 10 years, “new”. Indian education comes with no changes in syllabus and topics, and yet their motto is to bring change within you and make you into a new person. I don’t get how you make a person healthy by feeding him stale food!
The education system in India will absolutely prove to you that competition is more important than knowledge. Getting an “A” on the report card seems more important than learning that “A”. It’s like Hunger Games. A bloodbath. You kill other humans while shaping the future of humanity. There’s no scope for improvement in the students because there seems to be no scope of improvement in the examination process. Apparently, learning is all about filling out more answer sheets at the end of the day. They will ask you to write down the numerical value of the Fibonacci number, but they won’t ask you its physical significance in life. And that’s why most Indians are good at numbers. Because we are taught how to memorize them. Not about how to implement them in our daily lives.
Not even half of the population that gets into the schools gets employed. Students drop out of schools and join coaching institutions to prepare for NEET and JEE, but the poor souls are unaware of the fact that there’s no difference between the two institutions. They are like two small swings in a cage onto which a parrot rests. No matter which swing the parrot chooses to sit upon, it will still be in that cage.
Paying money in lakhs per year to get education is equivalent to selling yourself just to know your own worth. Schools, coachings, tuitions, etc. every single institution of education is a source of business in India. Teachers teach not to educate but to earn. Students come with the sole purpose of earning, and not to learn.
No one really teaches you anything. They just program you. They don’t make you unique. Rather, they drain away your talents and call what’s left behind of you as your “best”. The education system has blocked your imagination. It rules out the theories of out-of-the-box thinking. For it, itself is a cage, and there’s nothing out of that box.