Student Speak – Have a clear-cut goal

In today’s age, when the competition factor is at its highest, education is gaining importance at an accelerated rate. A number of hurdles have to be crossed, beginning with high school when the choice on what stream to choose is thrust on you. Similarly two years later, the task of choosing a college course from an ocean of options looms before you. This involves tough decision-making, and this trend continues until one completes his or her education.

Although many students are exposed to a gamut of opportunities, they do face their share of challenges due to the present education system starting with awareness. Or rather, in this case, the lack of it. The courses exist, but do we know of them? As in every other situation only a complete awareness will bring clarity.

 Students on their part should identify their area of interests and willingly pursue them. The biggest liability however is that, the very essence of education is lost in the process of fulfilling short-term examination-oriented goals, and also due to the decreasing quality of textbooks, teaching methods and hence the mindset of students as a whole. This aspect is clearly attributed to a dearth of creativity in the curriculum prescribed in school and colleges.

Student-enemies such as monotony, boredom and lack of interest assume charge and the purpose of education is defeated. With no one to question them, meaningless norms are forced upon students. The four walls of the classroom need to be broken; the bottomless pit of notes needs to be excavated and heavy bags lightened.

The aim of education needs to be identified with specificity. We need to leave school and college feeling confident, having acquired the practical skills that will lead us to an interesting career. This is the confidence that comes from doing, not hearing. The fact that we are tested on memory and not necessarily on knowledge is troubling.

Yes, the debate is age-old but the question hasn’t been solved. We have come miles where education is concerned and yet we are still far behind when it comes to the times we live in. Our examination patterns have to be revamped, our awareness needs to increase and our mindsets need to change, which in turn will do an unimaginable justice to education.

http://www.hindu.com/edu/2009/02/02/stories/2009020250200700.htm

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