- Raghavendran Anirudh
CEO | BrokenPillarLight, BrokenPillarLight
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The ideas put forth in this talk are not just relevant to America, but to several parts of the world, where education has become paralysed.
As I was listening to this talk, I thought about how relevant it was to India, where education is designed only to ensure that students do well in standardized tests. Also, all students who do not pursue Math and Science are considered stupid and incapable. Rote learning and wearying practice are the only paths to success in tests. Students do not learn anything in school, they rely more on their textbooks. Many quit after 10th grade. All decisions related to education are taken by "government authorities" and schools are given little or no freedom. There are no facilities provided to students to develop their critical thinking or engage their curiosity. Instead, it is hammered into their heads that to get a stable job after graduation, it is important to focus on science and math. Those who pursue arts and humanities are considered hippies and wastrels. If we look at this a little deeper, we find that it's not just India that has fallen into this trap. A lot of LDCs have the same problems, especially Asian ones. Clearly, there is a need to do something about this situation, for the sake of the world economy. Rather than just focusing on educating more people in LDCs,its time NGOs and international organizations focused on turning education into something meaningful, that lets students pursue their interests and gives them opportunities to develop their thinking power and potential in whatever area they may want to focus in. The need for Ken's ideas to be implemented is far greater in LDCs like India than in America,because people, students and teachers in these nations are grossly misguided about the true purpose and meaning of education. Yes,it is time to revolutionize education. Not just in America,but in these LDCs as well, for it is the key weapon to bring development. No amount of women empowerment, food programmes, charity and school building is going to beat teacher training,student empowerment and broadening the horizons of education in these LDCs.