The idea that education is the key to success is hammered into our heads since childhood. However, what the term ‘education’ stands for today, in a country like India has little to do with practical knowledge and understanding of theories. We have grown up to think of education as the mere learning of facts from thick-spined books for the sole purpose of achieving marks.
Helen Keller rightly stated, “A well-educated mind will always have more questions than answers”. However, the current education system is lacking in interactive sessions and debates between teachers and students. Instead, the prime concern of parents is for their kids to possess an attractive report card rather than interpreting results and performing experiments to understand the practicality of scientific, economic, psychological and social customs.
Many Indian schools are also deficient of personalized education. In today’s day and age, adolescents do not seek meager teaching of any arbitrary subject, but exceptional blue ribbon education in the diverse fields of knowledge offered today, based on their own preferences and requirements.
To quote Heidi Hayes Jacobs, “Teachers need to integrate technology seamlessly into the curriculum instead of viewing it as an add-on, an afterthought, or an event.” Even though many schools across the country have installed smart boards in classrooms, India is still lagging behind most of the developed nations of the world. In fact, an even greater step would be the incorporation of the ‘virtual reality technology’ popularly known as VR, in the area of education. The quality of education being imparted to children can be made finer and more efficient by using the Oculus Rift. The applications based on this newly emerging branch of intelligence could be quite varied. From virtual field trips and content collection, to discovering new pedagogies, this latest technology can take education to a completely advanced degree.
When we come to think of it, the erroneous approach towards education adopted in the country is not going to take graduates to great heights. One of the main reasons for attaining education is to create self-sufficient individuals who are eligible for employment. What companies are looking for is not an ever growing list of degrees and diplomas that one holds, but the technical and analytical skills that an employee possesses. Thus, the government should aim to make school and college education more experimental than mechanical and strive for providing technical and applied knowledge.
TecHacks is hosting a webinar on the 20th of June, 2018 Live from 14:30 (2:30 PM) onwards. The President (Founder) of Vedic Maths Forum (India), Mr. Gaurav Tekriwal and Co-founder of i&we.in, Mr. Aaquib Hussain will be talking on the topic-“India’s Education Disruptors”. Join us as we have the discussion.