A better way of learning

The present schooling system in India is more of rote learning rather than experience based. A highly competitive system to serve the growing population of children and to meet parental expectations, teachers attempt to cover all the aspects of a vast syllabus without ever paying attention to whether a child has made sense of it or not.

Results of such system

The self-worth of students in Indian society is mostly determined by good academic performance and not by other individual and stellar traits. Admission into an institution is dependent on the grades scored and not on aptitude and varied skills. This results in academic stress, a feeling of anxiety or apprehension over one’s performance in pure educational activities. It eventually leads to poor outcomes and often total lack of interest in the areas of exercise, nutrition and self-care. There is a growing crisis in the mental health of children and what they grow up to be. It is a time bomb waiting to explode and requires urgent action.

What can be done

This calls for a broadened teaching methodology. Substance which is not just bookish in nature but more experiential in form should be imparted to students. Considerable involvement of students in extra-curricular activities can bring about significant changes in the ways they think, learn and innovate. Students should be exposed to wide range of resources both traditional and modern to widen their mental horizon. Freedom of thought and action should be given to children whose wings have high capacity to fly and reach new shores. The learning environment should encourage the students to learn with their heart and not by heart.

Institutions into alternative educations systems have been making strides to bring about a change in the way schools impart education to their children. Things are changing one at a time but a lot more can be done to make learning a wonderful and enjoyable process.