Guiding formally the youngsters in a certain direction through teachers with a view to helping them learn is the sole objective of any school. Hence school, teachers and learning are in a way synonymous. The objective behind school is, therefore, to promote learning abilities among students instead of educating them only. Education is the higher form of learning; it’s an enlightening experience; it is to give intellectual, moral and social instruction; it is to train the brain and makes it aloft for certain purpose. Learning on the other hand, is entirely an active effort; it is to prepare the mind for acceptance and application. It is to yield to grab without protest. When learning temperament is set in, education begins. Learning is the ground work for education. Hence school/ college system of education should be as such that the objectives are respectively marked. If it is mixed or not clearly marked, objectives remain unachievable. This is a great problem with many schools where the objective is not defined. Every school should therefore have its mission statement. If we begin to educate our 5th standard child instead of enabling him to learn, he will hardly be a successful individual of our social fabric; and if we make a university student learn, instead of educating him, we will be failing to produce scholars. Until the objective is set in, effort is in vain. And here lies our problems.
What I mean is that our schools should above all create an environment where learning ability of the students is cultivated. This is the bedrock to all teaching. If students see but don’t react; they listen but don’t respond; they read but don’t understand; they understand but don’t absorb, it is deplorable. If the scenario is this, and it is indeed this at many institutions, this is a matter of concern. We hardly bother to tackle this issue. Teachers will have to be road models; Management will have to lend hands of support and administration will have to ease the way. The senior students will have to behave keeping in view their juniors.
One another defect of our school education system is that we have delinked learning or education from commercial concern. Once a student comes out in practical life, he finds his learning having no match with the world around. The outside world consists solely of money value while our school education system has no correspondence with commercial concern. What heralds for the passed -out is either disappointment or reaction. One of the reasons behind extremism may be lack of correspondence between the learning and application.
There are many schools which concern much about learning abilities of the students to develop and hence they chalk out their teaching plan in which application aspect is not overlooked. They have indeed contributed positively to the growth of India today. Yet there are many schools which don’t lay any importance to it. They resort to excuse in quotes like, ‘unity of India lies in its diversity.’ Intelligent excuse! But should we teach our youngsters more about diversity than unity? This type of thinking is most passive. This is unassertiveness. This smacks of disinterestedness in progress and development. This is bathos.
India is shining, undoubtedly. Yet there are many drawbacks with us which let our necks sag and don’t allow them straightened in case of pride: poverty of millions, ethnic bias, caste factor, and above all maneuverings for pushing back the weak- those who are weak in any form- in the form strength, in the form of education, in vision to life. The biggest crime among all crimes, I think, is to keep a person deliberately ignorant and not to provide him the correct vision to life. Here the role of educational institution is paramount but those who stand for provision but practically subject to spreading ignorance are no less guilty.