In response to the Day 5 prompt of Writing 101 course.
There were actually 5 prompts to choose from and this one grabbed my attention on the very first read. It lead to an unhindered flow of thoughts as education is one of my beloved daydreaming theme. The very first thought that came to my mind on reading the tweet was one of relief. As I was expecting it to say something like education empowers you or stressing on its importance and benefits or to the level proclaiming it to be an assert. I’m glad it didn’t.
What exactly is education?
A child is enrolled into a school at the age 4, some unlucky ones face it earlier and there are these fortunate once as well. However, once enrolled it is a seemingly endless journey of 14 years or so of schooling which is just the foundation. There are some who drop out. I’m not sure whether to appreciate their courageous decision or call it a foolish act. Maybe it depends on how well they flare in life later. Then, you have to get through Bachelors, Masters and what not, to gain expertise in your chosen field. The education alone will keep you occupied for almost 25 years or more if you choose to.
According to Plutarch, “The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.”
But through my experience, the present education system forcibly stores an excess deal of information into the brain as though our brains are as good as the computers. It is not just storing but we are also tested, so it is crucial that the information is retained and recollected within a given frame of time.
They say tests are there to make sure we learn and have got the prerequisite knowledge. But I would say, we are only tested on our capacity to reproduce the material in a predetermined form. There is rarely any freedom of thought.
I don’t object the fact that knowledge is necessary but education in the present form is a torment. A child who once was full of awe and wonder, with education loses the bliss of life. The child is put into a rat race and made to believe one’s worth or the knowledge, depends on the score one gets and it is this false belief most us have in common today.
Education should foster independent thinking, instead it demands a convergent style of thinking. As stated before, our scores on the tests depends on how well we have replicated the bookish information or teacher’s answer key. It has become indeed a burden, how much can our poor brains accumulate! Moreover, what is the need to by-heart stuffs when one can always look them up on the internet or from archaic books found in library.
If granted I might go on ranting about how futile the education system is till my last breath. However, would like to sum it up through the words of the greatest philosopher Plato :
“Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.”
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