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Jnana Bhaskar Rao

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Why is primary education such a big deal?And should education mean the same for all?Should there even be standards for what one can learn?

Growing up in a country plagued by poverty i don't understand the great stress on education. Most people in my country are involved in agriculture. And they would rather send their children to the fields then to a primary school and i can't argue with it. Because i can't see how primary education will help them rise from poverty.Surely what comprises education for the these poor should be different from what it is for me in the urban middle-class. So what should they be taught in primary education? Letters, languages or how to improve productivity and avoid uncertainty in farming?

Topics: education poverty

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  • Oct 28 2013: Essentially what you are saying is that if they're already poor why not leave them there. Education opens your mind and your life to opportunities that you would not have had without it. Being in the middle class you might not appreciate the value of education, but I grew up in a situation that, were it not for education being free where I grew up, I would still be there, lost, ignored and hungry. Or maybe just dead.
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      Oct 28 2013: but what if the system of delivering education lacks any depth or insight.what if the students are made to just memeorize stuff without any application. do we still persist with such an education? is it still better for them?

      for two years i worked in an NGO that gave the benefits of English education to children in orphanages. now most other teachers there were college-going youths like me. they really lacked initiative and creativity in getting through to the kids in terms of the actual course. instead they just bonded with the kids. while that sounds good the whole objective of the exercise seemed defeated to me as the kids didn't really get any better with their English. What I am saying is despite the best of intentions and motivated people doing their bit it led to little or no good for those children at the end of the day. So it started me thinking that maybe primary education in its present form is not the path to upliftment.
      • Oct 28 2013: I see what your saying. It's one thing to know a subject but it's a whole other ball game to teach it. I'm sure there are people less knowledgeable in a certain subject but are way more effective at teaching the subject or any subject for that matter. Maybe they should focus a lot more on application.
      • Oct 28 2013: But then your question should not be about whether primary education has value, but whether there's better ways to educate. Whether there's ways to teach and reach and also give useful skills to children from an early age even if they're in a very poor situation. That's an entirely different ball-game, isn't it? I don;t think that my elementary education was of the utmost quality all-the-time, but a few teachers were authentic heroes who would make me understand that I could make it, but I had to earn it, for example.

        So I agree, good intentions is not enough. But, I guess, it would be much worse if nobody even tried, wouldn't it? Now go fix those problems.

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