What Has Education Lost?

Do you remember when you were little? We eagerly anticipated being “big enough” to attend school. Sometimes it was because there were few other children around, but mostly because we wanted to learn, to be like those who were older and knew the mysteries of reading, writing and math. In the days before preschools being for everyone, we entered kindergarten for half days. We played house or store or with blocks, slathered paint on paper to create out masterpieces, mashed clay into ropes and blobs that became something to us, listened to music and danced if there was space, had a “rest” (but I think that was for the teacher instead of us), and the teacher read to us. Eventually, we began to learn to read toward the end of the year.

Schools still offer the magnet to the young of being able to be with others their own ages, to play in safe areas, and to learn. They still play with others, but most of their days are sitting at desks. They begin to learn to read and write at the beginning of kindergarten which they often attend for full days. But what has been lost?

I no longer see the “magic” of what schools could offer: using their creativity and imagination in play or art. To some extent, there is joy of learning, but the pressures of test scores makes it more work than joy because many students are not developmentally ready for what is presented to them. We used to desire to achieve, but now the expectations are so high that many give up before the end of third grade.

This push for educational “excellence” is supposedly to develop opportunities for individuals’ futures in the workforce. The actual result is that many are averse to and resist any form of school. Their poor grades and/or drop-out status make them ineligible for advanced training or higher education. In the logic of legislators who control education, everyone should go to college. The result is “watered-down” college preparation classes (which are actually useless in preparing students for college) and an absence of vocational exploration opportunities. Everyone used to take shop and/or home economics courses in high school where we prepared for independent living (taking care of feeding and clothing the family and learning how to safely use tools to repair things around the house). Those classes are rapidly disappearing, only to resurface in different forms at the vocational or technical college level. That is where many attend because they are forced to because they can get government assistance as long as they are in school.

The problem with the current goals for education is that it has lots a humanness that allowed everyone to be successful in areas of their interests, talents and skills. What is there for the artistically or musically inclined individuals? What is there for those who think multi-dimensionally and can create or envision structures, packaging, or machines?

Education teaches to the “average” – do you know anyone who is consistently “average” in anything? Education is not a product on an assembly line, so the quality control measures cannot be the same for everyone. The raw materials (student entering school) at any given point are not uniform and “perfect”, because we all develop at different rates and at different times.

Education System in India

India is one of the largest democratic country in the world. Education system in India is having a huge demand because of its quality and systematic education procedures we are following. India’s education sector is emerging fast with sparking demand for every one. Our Education system is the strongest and it will start from pre schooling age with excellent training methodologies with latest models like e-learning, Skill enhancements educational software drives, skills presentation, text books etc.

Indian government is spending a huge amount for education sector for every financial year. The amount spent is utilised in various methods by considering the minority and backward class people and also for poor people facing difficulty in receiving elementary schooling. Government is providing facilities to all kinds of people and the education market is going to hit $70 billions by the end of 2012.

Canon Law Society of America estimates that the total size of India’s private education market could reach US$70 billion by 2012. Private education sector has started in mid 1990’s and set up various schemes and one among them is that state governments will out source the supply of various Hardware and Software in various government and government aided schools. The funds for the out supply has been provided by central government under various schemes called ICT, SA, school programme etc. Various private companies have entered in to market With huge investments. The government is also encouraging various industrial institutes to offer academic and financial aid to private people. Many big companies like L&T, Microsoft etc are showing their interest in participation.

Education system in India is regulated at center as well as at state level too. These regulations vary from state to state. we are having two kinds of educational systems in India, Central board and State Board. Central Board of secondary education is being monitored by central government and State boards have their own education board systems. The Central Board is seeking affiliation that is managing a committee which is controlled by a trust and it should have non proprietary entries with out having any vested control by any individual or others. The trust will approve budgets for the financial year and also for tuition charges etc and the donations incurred to this board will be exempted under Income tax Act as this is meant for charitable purpose for promoting education but not for pursuing the profits on it.

State governments are mainly responsible for the establishment of state colleges and universities and also has power to approve the establishment of private universities as according to UGC Norms.

In order to Impart Professional and technical educational system in India A group of professional councils grouped together and established a council called All India Council For Technical Education in 1987. It promotes professional institutions and gives recognition to courses which comes under undergraduate programmes and provides the standard development of Technical education in India. These regulations continues to show its influence in Indian Education System. Irrespective of all these constraints the educational sector is achieving excellent potential growth with high standards.