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How can we bring about such a change which inculcates creativity and innovation when we are tasked with changing mindsets of Millions?

The above question is with respect to the education culture of countries like India,where a change in the system is only possible when the mindset of a million people changes,which is followed by promoting a system which does away with the Old Dream of Engineers and Doctors,increasing competition.Then there is the problem of changing the way teachers impart knowledge(this is changing in where International Schools become available but they are not available to everyone due to high costs).A high number of teachers in the conventional education system teach with the objective of reproducing known facts in the paper and disguise these efforts under the sugar coated version of application based question,they teach their respective science and math oriented subjects often frowning upon other artistic and musical interest, to churn out more doctors and engineers out of the system and once this cycle ends there are the tuition centres which nullify the schools' efforts to impart knowledge and provide the students with their own,often through rigorous testing procedures.This often comes back to the sole aim of getting ahead in the rat race.Even the Central Education System continuously brings out changes which are tested on a specific batch of students who are graded and examined in a secretive manner,where the results and marking procedures are not aptly revealed.The entire vicious cycle compromises on a skill base of millions of students and in the end harms the nation's productivity.

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  • Jun 18 2013: Well, perhaps we must first escape the rat race ourselves and invite others to join us. Maybe we can influence one here and two there...a teacher, a friend, our child's Teachers and Principal, our own children, etc. There is great hope in starting a "movement" or "revolution" one person at a time...and then keep going Ironically, this forum provides us with that opportunity.

    I once moderated the Governor's Task Force for Educational Excellence in our State...Education is NOT a priority here for many reasons. After 7 months of talking the team of 30+ were in a stalemate. We had all the data we needed, knew we were in deep trouble, had money, the vision, State support, all the right people in the room and yet nothing substantive was happening...so I concluded the problem must be with the "educators" in the room. They simply would not risk changing a thing. Leaders were pushed aside by the majority of "let's keep talking about it" folks.

    But individuals within the group were touched and began to make grassroots changes...and so on and so on. We've got a long way to go with our schools but we're not alone in getting behind what Ken is saying.

    Keep talking.

    Dr. Savage
  • May 25 2013: Great words by Ken and as mentioned by most of you, this change will take its time but media and tech can help. What can we do to expedite this change. For one, we as parents (the other half of educationists) can build this in kids amap. The rest is left to our leaders and the education systems. India for one, will take more time than others.
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    May 23 2013: If im reading you correctly..are you saying some marking systems are corrupt?..So how do you downsize a very intense brand of competion,and a doctor dogma...to the exclusion of all other lineages of thinking? Is this historically true? India is not the birth place of much philosophy,art,dance? Many people construct their identies in any social group by the groups myths(or truisms) ...so I would change the collective story about oneself to change a group. Movies,song,theatre,books are the most unavoidable of group think and identity...become an expert on what is special and relevant to the values of the group in order to lure them back to their former (romantic) self...Or create a demon in past history to explain your countries narrow occupational choices. Im sorry that this all sounds a little manipulative..but you asked and as an artist..i move groups not through statistics but changing perception(luckily I am not against the well fare of others
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    May 22 2013: Changing people's mindsets requires a lot of time. My hope is that technology and the media can accelerate the spread of information so that doing so doesn't take hundreds of years, but rather only decades.
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    May 23 2013: Begin your task by changing the mindset of your leaders.

    Once we can achieve this rest is easy, leaders have the immense capacity to change mindset of millions.
  • May 23 2013: Wouldn't people have to want to change? Also, positive change may be in a direction different than desired by the great propganda machines.
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    May 22 2013: Read Malcolm Gladwell "The tipping point":
    http://www.gladwell.com/tippingpoint/
    Gives you a very good idea of how to bring about "change".
    And as Colleen Steen mentioned, you just have to the willpower to see your idea spread, and take it at small steps at a time.
    • May 23 2013: I have read that book and I honestly think the principles mentioned in that book won't have an effect in a country like ours,the reasons for the same are historical.
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        May 23 2013: Then surely you have to use Indian culture to your advantage to inspire change?
        Not sure how much relevance this has, yet watch the TED Talk:
        "Devdutt Pattanaik: East vs. West -- the myths that mystify"
        http://www.ted.com/talks/devdutt_pattanaik.html
        How did Gandhi spread his idea's? (Take example from him)
        Give people purpose and reason to follow your ideas!
        "the reasons for the same are historical"
        What historical reasons?
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    May 22 2013: Hello Aayush,
    When I think of changing ANYTHING, I think of small steps, because for me, even contemplating changing the mindsets of millions of people seems very overwhelming. I think that is one aspect of change which causes people to NOT take steps. Sometimes, folks think the little changes they make won't make a difference, so why bother?

    I believe that small steps add up, so if we ALL take small steps, we may be able to create change. I can only change things in my own space, and with those I interact with. TED is a GREAT opportunity to spread the idea of change and help connect people around our world, which I believe will create change.....I believe it is happening as we speak:>)
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    May 22 2013: You have to change the culture but that occurs over generations. India suffers from a bureaucracy that stifles the free market.

    http://www.ted.com/talks/yasheng_huang.html