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Aja B.
  • Aja B.
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For non-US TEDizens: Can you tell us about your country's education system?

This week's special on American TV, "TED Talks Education," focuses on problems in US schools.

So here's the place for non-Americans to share: What's an issue in your country's education system that you'd like to see a TED Talk about? Who would you ask to speak? Do you have any success stories to share?


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  • May 15 2013: Well Vaneesh, this whole trend following and Rat race, Especially in India, is the main reason for lack of Educated people. People are in a constant rush and they neglect the REAL Learning: Learning of Values, Exploration, Knowledge, Wisdom etc.
    I see there are many guys in my own College who have diverted from the path of Engineering and gone into many creative fields like Music, Photography, Journalism etc. If they were not Pushed in this Rat Race from the beginning and they were given the information to explore choices and the Time and Space to work them out, they would not have wasted their 4 valuable years of youth into some Engineering course that they, probably, are NOT gonna use in their 30+ years of Work Life.
    But that won't happen in India. Because everybody are scared about Competition, that they might fall behind all their peers and that the new batch of people will be equally, or more, tougher to compete and beat into a successful career. My Dad keeps telling me all the time that every year you waste a new batch of at least 5 lakh potential competitors will emerge. They will be equally or more intelligent, smart and talented than you. So you have to go with the flow or else you will be dominated and defeated.
    Education in India is all about career. Why don't the schools start teaching C, C++, Java etc so that the Children can directly start their career without wasting much time and energy on those subjects that they don't use in their life at all? This is a Rat Race, where Businessmen create so called training grounds (Schools) to make competitive rats, owners bet on their rats and spend millions of money on their training which actually teaches them a lot of unwanted, unused stuff. And the Owners just want their rat to make back the money invested in it. This is called Education in India nowadays.
    Nobody cares what the RAT wants to do. All it wants is to be FREE and EXPLORE its options before taking steps. Education has become JOB-MAKING nowadays.
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      May 16 2013: Hi Krishna, you've highlighted on of the most common problems in India w.r.t to Education as an industry and the outlook that students and their prarents tend to have in general towards education.

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