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The Flaws in Our Education System

Updated on June 24, 2020
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A 20 year old inquisitive wanderer in this journey called life.

Introduction

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by it's ability to climb a tree , it will live it's whole life believing it is stupid. This is a famous quote by Albert Einstein. All of us are born with varied talents and potential. But we follow a system of grading individuals only based on how well they can retain information and reproduce it. This is an insult to every other talent. Read on to find out some of the major flaws in our education system

Absence of leisure

Current Situation

The competitive world has created an unhealthy obsession. We are pressurized to use every minute of the day effectively. This might be an effective strategy in terms of time management. But, It is also important to take a step back and evaluate what is actually being done. It turns out that students all the way from nursery to a graduate level , have packed schedules. They are forced to do activities that their parents or the society thinks is beneficial. The world has convinced us to pursue activities that we have no inclination towards.

My opinion

This is not a great way to live. The mind should be free to do whatever it wants. Only then, it will start to show signs of inclination towards the innate talents and potential. How do you expect someone to discover their purpose, if you don't give them enough time to mindlessly wander and explore ?

Source

Lack of opportunities

Most Ideal System

A proper framework must exist to nurture every talent. The system must ensure that talent grows to the fullest potential.

Slightly Downgraded Version

An education system where talent is not consciously nurtured. But it is at least allowed to flourish freely.

Current Situation

Creative talent is nipped in the bud. It faces every possible resistance before being allowed to flourish. There is a huge stigma around pursuing careers which are not considered mainstream. When we look around we see sportsmen , writers, poets and musicians stuck in jobs that they hate. The main reason for this is societal pressure.

Problem

The current system of education can only create employees. I am not saying that being an employee or working in a mainstream job is bad. But doing so when your heart lies elsewhere , is unjust to yourself and to the job. And the fact that a system that exists to develop human beings is destroying them, is most unfortunate.

Discouraging disruptive thinking

Disruptive thinking is a way of thinking that produces an unconventional strategy. It has the potential to start revolutions.

Importance of questions

Every child as he/she grows up tries to make sense of the world. Warren Berger, author of 'A More Beautiful Question', says kids ask an average of 40,000 questions between the ages of 2 and 5. The habit of questioning is not restricted to little children. I still have so many questions on why society functions the way it does. But people don't want to answer these questions because they are scared of facing the truth.

Problem

Constant questioning brings about change. For a lot of people, change is extremely difficult. Society has become very comfortable and secure with its old ways. It doesn't want to change even after realising that it might be functioning in an immensely ineffective manner.

Current Situation

When young individuals raise questions , their voices are subdued in the very beginning. This demoralization of disruptive thinking and subduing of free spirits happens at a young age. The education system acts as a catalyst for this. We spend the most important years of our lives being told what to do and how to do it. We are never asked whether we can do it differently. We are forced to conform to ideas instead of confronting them. We are forced to fit in when we were born to stand out. This is one of the biggest drawbacks of the education system.

Source

Business mentality

Profit Oriented

Many educational Institutions function more as businesses than as service oriented organizations. Like any industry their primary objective is the maximization of profits. Advertisement is done accordingly. Courses with very little or no value addition are repackaged to look like career defining opportunities. An artificial need for additional coaching classes is created through publicity. This exerts more pressure on students, who are already struggling to manage their hectic schedules.

Live example

Entrepreneurship is taught as a subject and a certain fee is charged for the same. In my opinion , there is only one entrepreneur in that room. And that is the person who convinced everyone that a subject like this can be taught inside a classroom.

Conclusion

The current system of education might have worked at some point of time in the past. But it is obvious that it is not effective anymore. Science and technology is growing at such a rapid pace. But the system which is supposed to create more scientists is hopelessly outdated. At this point, our society has great intellectual capabilities and infrastructural facilities. So it is not difficult to bring in a change in the system. But there are people, who still cling on to the belief that this system works. And bringing a change in the mindsets of people is a herculean task. And until that belief is destroyed , I believe that there is no way forward.

On a scale of 1 to 5 ( 5 being the highest) , how would you rate the current education system ?

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© 2020 Avyukth Krishna

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    • Avyukth profile imageAUTHOR

      Avyukth Krishna 

      12 months ago from Bangalore

      Thank you so much Umesh sir !

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      13 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Good analysis. Well presented.

    • Avyukth profile imageAUTHOR

      Avyukth Krishna 

      13 months ago from Bangalore

      Hi Vikram sir,

      I like to write about things that I have personally experienced. That is why , as a student , I chose a topic like this. I believe that there is a lot of power in words and I hope that all our words help in changing the world. Thank you so much for your continuous support !

    • Avyukth profile imageAUTHOR

      Avyukth Krishna 

      13 months ago from Bangalore

      Hi Nikhil,

      First of all , thank you so much for being so generous with your compliments. It is sad that we're forced to go through this mechanized system of learning. There is hardly any personality development or growth of an individual. I hope this system changes soon for the better.

    • Avyukth profile imageAUTHOR

      Avyukth Krishna 

      13 months ago from Bangalore

      Thank you so much Sowrabha ma'am,

      I like your statement on not letting schooling come in the way of education. The British have deliberately destroyed our education system because they realised that it was the backbone of our success as a country. We need to start taking steps to change this system and this starts with a change in mentality. I am glad that there is so much awareness now.

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      sowspeaks 

      13 months ago from Bengaluru

      Hi Krishna, the current education system was created by the British to produce men with enough education to help them run their administration.It is hugely unfortunate that we are still stuck with it. But it needs huge political will to bring a change and intelligent thinking people are always dangerous. So while we go to a school or a college let that not come in the way of our education. Happy that the young are waking up.

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      Nikhil Sharma 

      13 months ago from India

      Right from the introduction to the conclusion, this article literally hooked me up. No wonder you've chosen yet another powerful topic and share your honest and mind-bending thoughts with us. If society and the education system doesn't acknowledge the talents of an individual, he/she may feel worthless and hopeless in life.

      While in western culture, talent is not compared with the status or wealth of a person, in India, students are forced to pursue and follow what others have been doing. However, things are changing slowly and gradually. These flaws in the education system should be removed for the overall progressive society. Amazing work, Avyukth.

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      Vikram Brahma 

      13 months ago from Assam, India

      Nice article Krishna, wrote from heart. Being a college student if you write openly like this it's eye opening message for us. Thanks for sharing your article.

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