The Future of Education is in Regressing to the Past

I am a Mother to 3.5-year-old twin boys, who recently started Nursery in one of the ‘Top 5’ schools of the city. Of course, like all modern parents, we have a parents WhatsApp group for their batch, where we often discuss the happenings of their school. The more we discuss, the more I feel, that the future of Education lies in regressing to the past, to the ancient methods of Indian Education.

Let’s take an Everyday scenario – More & more urban parents focus on Gentle parenting and are soft with their children. Parents also scrutinize how much children play, view screens, write & read, and the food kids consume. Then we discuss these things with more friends to evaluate if what we are doing is right, or in sheer enthusiasm to guide others instead. We discuss how the teacher ‘scolded’ our child, and how school pressure is too much for our children. Every day there are rants about the current school system all day. We love to exclaim – “That the best of schools treat our children like that, what to expect from the worst!“.

It just made me wonder, is our current education, despite its modern amenities, the best that we are giving to our children?

I totally believe in the fact, that the future of Education in India lies in regressing to the Past.

Not just a few years or a couple of decades, but Centuries.

I believe reading & learning in the Gurukul System of Indian Education had some amazing features. Those can be adopted and amalgamated with modern amenities, to get the best out of it. Here’s what my vision for the ‘Future of Education’ looks like.

  1. Imparting education in the arms of nature

Being out in the open, sitting, probably in sunlight, under a tree has more health benefits than sitting inside a closed room, in artificial light. Breathing Morning fresh air and viewing in natural day’s light has benefits of stress busting, and improving health. If not throughout the hours of schooling, at least some of the morning hours should be spent out in the open.

Certain distractions like sounds of the birds can also help in soothing the mind, as well as enhancing the child’s focus. The child learns to ignore the sounds and focus on the assigned task.

Landscape, Mists, Tree, Morning, Scenic, Meadow, Green

2. A School away from the comfort of home

Some of us as parents are way too protective of our children. We find it difficult to adjust if anyone in the school scolds our children, asks them to finish their tiffins within stipulated break time. Sometimes, we are not quite accepting of strict disciplinary actions being taken in school.

Doll, Looking Out, Pink, Black Hair, Farm, Window

Somewhere down the line, it hampers our children more than our assumptions of it being beneficial. We unknowingly overdo the comfort padding around them, which may hamper their growth as an Independent individual. In my view, Future of education will consist of schools away from home can help them learn a lot more on their own. The stepping-out-of-their-comfort-zone VS constant protectiveness is a crucial aspect here.

 

3. Fair, Square & Equal

In the future of education, I wish there were no reservations or quotas. I hope in the time to come, most communities would have risen to a certain level, minimizing the gap. I also wish that the fee structure to be stabilized – where either the Government funds all education, or at least a part of it, for all. Or the minimum, that schools across the country follow one single slab.

Balance, Swing, Equality, Measurement, Swinging, Scales

4. Getting Rid of rote learning FOREVER!

Rote learning does no good to anyone. May be methods of examining a child’s learning need some great brainstorming to get out of the idea of exams and mark sheets.

Boy, Reading, Studying, Books, Children, Young, Small

5. Jobs & Earnings

We study several subjects till the 10th standard. Then we move to a specific stream. Choosing the specific stream sometimes is based on how well our marks turned out during the board exams, or because family or friends say so. It is high time we include aptitude and interest profiling for a child enrolled in the school. Let the interests and aptitude be their career counselor.

Handshake, Hand, Give, Business, Man, Giving, Offer

It is important to then move children to specific streams, which help them do the best with their set of capabilities. That is when their jobs can be interesting, and their efforts can be more rewarding.

So we’d have lesser cooks trapped in a Sales job, and fewer architects wasting their life in an ill suited job.

6. Behavioural Skills

Being from the psychology stream, I realize that a lot of us do not know how to introspect, or where & how to vent out our emotions. It is a growing challenge to identify when we are thinking negatively, and when we are depressed and need help – given the magnanimous form this devil has taken.

We have pretty much no clue about the basic 8 emotions that we are all born with. A lot f us have no idea that we do feel those emotions, positive or not, and there’s nothing wrong with them.

How to identify when someone is lying, how to get rid of guilt, how to overcome your anxieties, ideas on choosing a life partner, sorting out arguments, how to empathize, and so on. Does any school-going child learn about this?

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Picture Credits:- Psychology Today

But don’t all of us need tad bits of these things in our everyday life?

Who has the onus to coach us on these aspects?

Currently, no one, and that is quite alarming!

8. Life Skills & Parenting Skills

Within walls or out in nature – schools today essentially lack the concept of training on life skills.

Sewing, helping with household chores, taking care of a new born baby, breastfeeding, how to swim, what to do when someone around you, or you have severe period pain, basic cooking skills , the science behind cleaning & washing clothes and other such life skills should be a mandate.

We struggle throughout our lives hoping ‘someone told us’ about these things well in advance. Why shouldn’t schools do this?

Mother, Son, Mom And Child, Mother And Son

9. Social & Civil Skills

What happens when someone attacks you or your sister? What do you do if you find an accident Victim? Whom to approach if you have a crime situation around you? Who should be approached if someone you know is sexually assaulting someone? What are the procedures for making a police complaint? How to move out of abusive relationships? The types of lawyers there are and what can they help with. What are the impacts of a divorce?

I’m sure some bit of us really wished they knew about these things well in advance before catastrophes struck them.

Divorce, Separation, Marriage Breakup, Split, Argument

School fees, weight of the school bag and such things make headlines everyday. But, seems like no one has given a thought on these things. In my head, this is what the future of education should hold – a more developed as well as aware individual.

 

This blog is a part of the Blogathon organized by the Festival of Education, Jaipur. You can visit their site for more info here.



If you agree with my concept of the Future of Education, do leave me a comment in the section below.

You may also like to read my friend Charu’s Blog on the Future of Education here.

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About the Author: mummasaurus

Wife to one, Mom to two and a friend to a hundred. Good, bad, awesome and horrible, all in one! Been through depression myself, I value the power of Entertainment and HUmor in our everyday life. That is why i choose to write about lighter, fun topics more than all the difficulties I went through! I'm Crazy Mom of Twin Boys, my TWINADOES - Chirag and Chitransh ...! Together we learn new things and explore new meltdown points of each other... I don't look for friends anymore, for I have personally given birth to my monster partners of Crime!!! A trained Counseling Psychologist by qualification, I am now a Quirky SAHM and a Creative Content Writer, whose world revolves around an awesome husband and 2 ruckus makers.

26 Comments

  1. Wonderful post on education system. I am also not like the way our schools teaches our kidos.the system is very out of date and not practicle. I am too much against the rote learning which has no scope for future . Your tips can be helpful for changing the school studies.

  2. Completely but agree with you on factors on Gurukul methods of teaching. With developing technologies and changing world, we need up-to date information and modernization of our schooling system. Your blog is very well written.

  3. This post should have been sent to the ministry of education. It’s not that education department is not aware of its lacunae, but no one is daring to overturn the system. The only possibility we have is to step in and fill the gap by ourselves. Beautiful stream of thought!

  4. I really want to know when the schools would understand their motive of existance. My son is also 3+ and instead of admitting him into nursury, my hubby suggested to send him to play school for another year so that he gets bit mature to handle school and its tantrums

  5. Yet another wonderful post by you. I loved the post and completely agree with your thoughts. I loved the point wherein you have mentioned that schools should also impart as basic as life skills.

  6. This is an interesting outlook which I very much agree on- when our kids start school we always look for the top best schools in our respective cities- standard if education loses the race with the crowd, the social atmosphere and everything irrelevant to the school- I hope there is a portal somewhere where we can actuallybring this up as a concern

  7. Very much agree, there should be a shift in the education system but more so believe, it should be a combination of the old and the new. Also parents should stop obsessing about kids and how much they score, but more about what they learn about life and how happy they are. Not about competing to be the best but also be a good human being in the process and at the end of it.

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