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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

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