New Delhi: Carl Jarvis, an educator from London, is helping 'abillionideas' in creating awareness about the rote learning mentality gripping our school system in India. It is ironic, that we still follow what the colonial system Britishers left for us whereas Carl (another Britisher) is now propagating how harmful that can be for true education. A group of parents are meeting Carl on Friday in Gurgaon to discuss the same.
As a society, we have to ready our children for the 21st century. It is surprising how very little thought is going in what skills will be important for 21st century learning and if our education framework is geared towards providing those skills. Talk to any employer and they will tell you how short new joinees are in critical skills needed to function effectively in an organisational setting.
The question then is, has our approach towards education outlived its utility? Do we as a nation stand to gain if we reviewed it and looked at building a society of innovators and thinkers? I don't have answers to these questions. But a small beginning can be made first by starting to ask the right questions.