Indian Education Jugaad

You can’t spend 15 years ignoring all the really necessary things, and then bolt them on late in 5 minutes!

DNA Article – Education Jugaad

The article above from DNA India really highlights the inadequacies of last-minutism and attempts to fiull in for systemic shortcomings with quick fixes. Essentially, what has happened is that there has been a massive mismatch between thew skills taught (and tested) in the school system, and what students need to be economically productive contributors in society after they leave formal education.

As a result, a vast array of public and private solutions have come in to being in the past few years that seek to swiftly overlay all the skills young people should have developed before they are let loose on the workplace.

Unfortunately, it just doesn’t work. These aren’t skills that can be taught with a textbook and a few lessons. The reality is these skills woulds always have been better learned through child-centric, skills based approaches to education in school (that would not have been at the expense of academic learning).

With the cart now placed squarely in front of the horse – it’s a long and challenging road ahead, at least for the generation leaving education now and during the next few years. Nobody must be under any illusions that there will be prices to pay and these may be heavy; economic, social, personal and impacting the stability of society. For those of us in school education, there is not much that we can do for the older students. We must takje our responsibility seriously to ensure that at least those who come after will be better equipped to be effective citizens.

What happens When Education is One Dimensional

BBC Article

Here’s an interesting little article to read. It highlights perfectly the kinds of artificial lengths that people have to go to when youngsters emerge out of the education system essentially ‘unemployable’.

With the best will in the world what can be achieved when you just seek to apply a ‘soft skills’ veneer to young people who have received a stunted and artificially limited education will always be very limited.

It’s time for a more humane, holistic education across the board. This can only come when people realise that it’s actually conducive to academic rigour – not an alternative.

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