[Podcast] Destiny of a Nation is Shaped in its Classrooms

Published by Balraj Arpit on

You can’t change the world. You can’t change the world. You can’t change the world. You can’t change the world. You can’t change the world. Now, you started believing that you can’t change the world because you analysed yourself and found that you don’t have capabilities.

You can change the world. You can change the world. You can change the world. You can change the world. You can change the world. Now, you started believing that you can change the world because again you analysed yourself and found a hope and possibilities of learning and doing something that will change the World.

In both cases, it’s something you’re taught and made to believe. This is how our classroom works. In India, we’ve more than 1.5 million schools to teach more than 300 million students. There are different categories of students who study in government and private schools. Our government schools generally represents the poor childrens and private schools represents middle-class and above childrens. If we start counting schools that creates leaders, engineers, doctors, artists, etc. then we have limited numbers. So, what is happening in schools?

Schools are engaged in making students believe that they can’t become someone they wanted to be rather they’re given some options to choose one where they can fit themselves and given some instructions to achieve that position, most fail. Here’s why most fail, some are not able do even after following the instructions while those who achieve it has lost their creativity. Definitely these students can solve problems but can’t create new/alternative solutions. If they would, then, the India would have seen dramatical growth after independence, because there would be more Ramanujam, Kalam and Aryabhata and more inventions here in India.

India is a great nation to adopt anything whether it’s fashion or technology but very poor in creating a new one. And why not? We have schools that teaches us how to memorize anything and do the same. But it does not teach to become creative whose creative idea could be adopted by other nations. Things that have been adopted by other nations like yoga, then, yoga do not come from modern education. Our modern education system have killed creativity, it’s only creating students who can be a good copy machine but not a genuinely different one.

After independence, we’ve no major achievements but India have developed. We are using modern technologies and internet but we are following other countries what they’ve invented and a follower becomes a leader only when they have creativity. But our classrooms are shaped in a way that do not engage students in recreational activities which is very essential part of the development of the student. Students are suffering depression just because they are leaving behind their goals and frustrations of long systematic hours of study which do not give them time to think something new.

When we see India in terms of culture, heritage, diversity and population then we find it at the top of the list but when we see in terms of World Happiness Index, Human Development Index and other indexes then we find it under the bottom of the list. Why?

Our classrooms teaches several subjects to the students but most of them are meaningless because rather understanding the subject, they just memorizes the texts. UPSC exam is the best example where more than a million of student participate for around 1000 seats. For 1 million aspirants there are thousands of classrooms for its preparation. The main purpose of coaching centres is to coach student to qualify UPSE and strengthen our country. To shaping an IAS officer, we need a classroom where they can prepare for it, for shaping destination of a nation, we need classroom at its best which could create creative and innovative minds for sustainable future. Else, today we can see the differences in India itself.

Why the largest democratic country is not ready to sit and have fruitful debate on any topic? Why? Why India can’t sit and debate like a debate? It is because of uneducated people who are misguided by the leaders for the sake of their party and interest. India do not have a classroom which can teach the differences between right and wrong, it is only forcing student to memorise answers and formula which is ultimately creating unemployed youth. The problem-solving skills is developed by some students who’ve taught themselves or they’ve studied in any top schools where school means education.

If our classroom will continuously fail to educate children then it’s not so far when more conflicts will arise in the country which will shape the destiny of the nation towards more conflicts and instability. But, when our classroom will educate children then it’s not so far when our nation will rank top among top countries in the world and  today’s conflicts will become a history. But it will remain a dream if classroom will not educate children.

“Children and youth are future of their country, they can change the World. They can do anything whatever they want, if they wish to do.” – Balraj Arpit during UNEP TUNZA Children and Youth Conference 2012, CEE Ahmedabad

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