It was in 2014, we had an appointment at our son’s school to collect his school report and had a chance to talk one of his teacher about his progress report like how he has done in exam and what would be his next focused area of improvement. He has done pretty well (100%) all his subjects including math, English and integrated education except language. In fact, my son was very much reluctant to meet his language teacher and he didn’t want to talk about why. The idea was playing around my head that the language teacher is not pleased with his class participation and home work. The only question I would have asked the teacher why was that? Why he did so well in other subjects and not in this language class? Is there any theory for this – like why he is not interested about this language? The only answer so far I figured that – the teacher was super boring teaching style and failed to make the language class more interesting to keep engage everyone in the class. I believe – every person achieve their best when they truly tune into their natural aptitudes and school administration must foster an encouraging environment rather than “command and control” with intimidating “pointing finger” attitude toward their students!
The other day I was watching an educational talk-show where the guest Sir Ken Robinson discussed that we really need to rethink some of the basic terms of the old education system. We need to get back to what it is that drives people to learn and achieve in the first place, and that’s what we’ve lost. And if we know anything about education, it’s all about individuals, it’s personal. It’s all about kids and energizing them in the right way. And he also mentioned that the problem often is that politicians think it’s like bailing out the auto industry. It’s like refining a manufacturing process. And it’s not; it’s about cultivating individual passions and talents. And if we (the policy makers, teachers, head-teacher, parents, doctors, engineers..) don’t get that right, nothing else will ever work.
I am excerpting few important points from the above program that are – we all human being born with tremendous creative confidence and abilities. Young children are full of great ideas and possibilities. But that tends to be diminished when we getting older with the current culture of standardized testing in our education system. But the most important point is that we all think and learn differently. That means, some kids are highly visual; some kids think best when they’re moving; some kids best when they’re listening; some kids respond well to words, some kids don’t. And getting the best from kids in schools is about understanding the way they think.
I believe that leadership is really important to play the vital role for the change the education system. If the head-teacher gets the idea anything is possible. And head-teacher should introduce a program to foster curiosity through creative teaching, which depends on high quality teacher training and development. As a parent we also need to educate ourselves through a continuous improvement process. I am very concern about the situation because nobody has any clue what this world will look like next coming years. What the next generation’s educational system would be and how that system could nurture our kid’s consciousness? People teach themselves if you create right environment for them. End of the day – we all are human being and we are very very organic. It is impossible to accept a mechanical standardized-testing-educational-system for our kids.
Before concluding my thoughts I would like to put the quote from Anais Nin – “The day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” In other word – the pain of containing our consciousness or to understand ourselves is greater than the pain to take the journey to make it happen.
Thanks and cheers!
By – Nijhum Sarkar