School’s out FINALLY, we’re done, no more mocks,pre-mocks, pre pre-mocks, pre pre pre-mocks, it’s over, finished, fin!
and true to my stingy nature (like my kids say “cheap”), i couldn’t help assess it all. So many years of studying, what did we gain and what did we lose?
The most glaring part of education in today’s times other than the ridiculous importance of getting a 90%+ score by every student is the need to take PRIVATE TUITIONS.
Nearly every child ends up studying with a private tutor in practically every subject, which makes me wonder what the kids actually learn at school?
(A typical schedule of many an indian child is, 8am-2pm schools hours, 4-7 pm tuitons)
Most parents are dissatisfied with teaching quality at school and if one has to really think about it, we spend DOUBLE THE MONEY,TIME AND EFFORT pursuing the same things(studies), while certain crucial aspects of growth, and learning are almost disregarded(extra curriculars).
So back to assessing; schools years aged 3-16
ages 3-10 (when mind and body are in learning mode):learn to read and write by play,art and fun methods.
ages 10 onwards (peak years of growth physically and mentally): read and write, absolutely minimum or no more play!
At 16 most kids should be pursuing and enjoying a sport or two,because within a few more years they will start working and the sporting years will be behind them,but Indian education system and the lack of space allows for none of that. The few kids that actually do end up playing and enjoying sports and games are thanks to their parents efforts or of the privileged few who can afford to be a part of a gymkhana or a club.
Many schools are denied or do not get accreditation because they lack infrastructure (play ground). I do understand the lack of space is a REAL problem, how do we combat that ?
The fact is that a SCHOOL building itself can be the answer to our real estate problems.
Why not convert our schools into play grounds ?
NO i don’t mean ditch the studies altogether, simply introduce a curriculum with books and all, but teaching and studies should be pursued by tutors privately. Then why go to school?
To give exams and pursue sports.
Being a hot country indoor sport is necessary. Dance, art, science- practicals, board games, and organised sport is what can taught in our schools. From Archery to ballet, skating to basketball can be taught in the existing infrastructure.
What this will do, is give every child the opportunity to play a sport /game irrespective of the capacity to join a gym, and giving parents the flexibility to pay for private tuitions based on their pockets and abilities.
Why sport is important ?
Other than boosting physical and mental health, discipline,unity,brotherhood, team-work, leadership, compassion, dealing with cheats, strategising,learning to deal with loss, learning humility in winning, are all attributes learnt through sport and games.
I do understand my concept might sound bizarre and crazy , but then again,breaking the mould is never easy, maybe just maybe, it is time we looked at things differently, and chased after true wealth. The rest will follow!