Are we really getting educated?


Everybody gathered in seminar hall to attend the congregation.

After few minutes of arrangement and settlement, all the members sat at their respective places.

‘Thank you all for arriving on time. Once we all reach at a consensus at the end of this meeting, our seniors will hold another gathering and a conclusion will be reached at’ said a very old man, well-suited, named Mathematics.

An almost same aged lady, named Physics, stood up and introduced the agenda to the assembly,’ Welcome all. Mr. Mathematics, like me, is very old in this system of education. We both have been in the system since ages. Today’s twelve years old child is being taught the same things, in the same way, with the same agenda, which was taught to his mom or probably his mom’s mom too, sixty years back.’

‘I agree with you Ms. Physics. Even I have seen generations, studying and learning the same material of me. But what I am more concerned is that not everybody in the class goes through me willingly. Most of my students always skim through me’ broke in a middle-aged man, named Chemistry.

A quote is written in the hall where meeting was going on,

We are students of words: we are shut up in schools, and colleges, and recitation -rooms, for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bag of wind, a memory of words, and do not know a thing.
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

‘Same is the case with me. No matter how much simplified or challenging I became, I could never hold the attention of whole mass’ continued Mr. Mathematics.
‘Some children even disrespected me by not even going through my content.’

With this stood a quite young lady, named English who said, ‘I thought this was in my case only. Half of the mass doesn’t read my whole chapters, and rely upon the summary, which fails to give the insight of my stories.’

‘They depend on thin books, which are shorter version of me, to pass their examinations. Only a small chunk of pupils go thoroughly what they should go through…..’ added Mr. Chemistry.

A young, fit personality interrupted Chemistry, named Sports,’I thought mine was the worst case, but listening to all of you, I feel I am luckier one. Mr. Chemistry, I have noticed few pals holding and reading your fat books in my session. I guess you have a good fan-following.’

‘They must be the ones who have the same grasp and attention during my session too. So yes, no such ‘good’ fan-following.’

Ms. English, who was sitting beside Mr. Chemistry, very thoughtfully, said,’I feel I know how can we sort out this huge mess.’

‘How?’ asked Ms. Physics.

‘See the issue is every person that comes in our sessions is a different individual, having his/her own interests. But our system has made these rules long back, and according to them these individuals once segregated in the sections, have to learn the same study material. Till an age it’s fine, when these individuals have to learn the very basics. So if we could bring some changes to the system and make sections according to individuals’ interest, then that might help.
All I’m saying is let us try this out. One system is already not working, so instead of keeping on trying this failed system, we should give new one a shot.’

With this murmurs started in the hall.

I couldn’t agree more,

When you take the free will out of education, that turns it into schooling.
― John Taylor Gatto

After few more minutes of discussion, the idea of Ms. English got accepted and the decision to put it forward in front of the seniors was made.

This new decision captivated seniors attention and their summit was held.

Mr. Sports was there when the summit took place, and discussed about it with colleagues.

‘There were not many arguments during the meet, as all the leaders were facing same issues, and some additional too.
The most depressed one was Mr. Engineer. He said it is not only zeal which is missing among individuals, but also the aptitude. Many come unknown to what ‘Engineering’ is and stay in the same state even after becoming one. If they had not chosen the former, then latter wouldn’t have even occurred.
Almost same case was with Ms. Doctor too.
Ms. Artist, the leader of sculpting, dancing, singing , writing and many others, had the issue of less mass in her province. She observed a lot of individuals under the guidance of Mr. Doctor, Mr. Engineer and other leaders, should have been with her instead of them. A lot of innate talent gets wasted every year, she lamented.
Only she had a heated argument with few other leaders on how due to them she loses her ‘could be future artists’.’

‘But what consensus did they reach at?’ ,asked curious English.

‘Unfortunately they decided to stick to the current system. Engineer, Doctor, IPS Officer and all other leaders didn’t want to lose their students. They didn’t want students to get involved with Ms. Artist to end up with no future, no respect in society and no money.’

The only thing they were ignorant of was – If the individual isn’t happy and satisfied from the within, then this money or society’s respect wouldn’t make much of a difference to him/her.

Couldn’t find a better way to end it with,

And just because you have colleges and universities doesn’t mean you have education.
― Malcolm X

So please realize that by building huge campuses and education complexes you are not elevating the level of education, rather drifting from the major intent of building those campuses.

How do you feel about it?

Copyright © 2016 by Idle Muser. All rights reserved.

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41 thoughts on “Are we really getting educated?

  1. Aditi! Wonderful post. I agree with everything. I myself read ncerts in college because of sudden interest. And in school i never had any interest. Sometimes i think that the system sucks the interest by giving loads of homework and also the main aim is to memorize without understanding. And this goes on in colleges even in iits. Now, about your post. The way you bring characters to life is amazing. I think you should write a fantasy novel like lord of the rings. Your imagination is incredible.
    Shreyans

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    1. Thank you so much, Shreyans! ❤
      I am honored to have been able to have such views of you on my writings. Will think over your suggestion too. 🙂
      As far as education system is concerned, it will take many hands and a lot of time to bring change for a conventional system which has been there with us for many years cannot be get ridden off in just a few months’ time. Hopefully, one day we will be getting educated for real! fingers crossed

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  2. I loved how you gave a voice to the subjects and had them lamenting over the sad situation of education in India. I wrote a similar piece but one about the less-fortunate folks shunning education for work. But your quote could not have said it better – When you take the free will out of education, that turns it into schooling. And plain schooling never made anyone smart. I can’t tell you just how much I agreed and admired this post!

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    1. Thank you so much Pradita. ❤
      It’s high time to being some real changes in Education system, if nation really wants its children to be something more than a cramming kid.
      I would go through your write-up too. 🙂

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  3. I share your frustrations. However, there are positive attributes to be learned in school as wells, such as, persistence, collaboration, technological literacy (hopefully), problem solving, among other “soft skills”. While math, english, sciences, history, etc, are of little interest to kids these days, the soft skills are the truly important aspects kids should be learning in school. That way they have a solid foundation to specialize in whatever they wish post-school.

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    1. Agree with whatever you said.
      But these days more and more money is being spent by school’s higher authorities in infrastructure and lot more which have least impact on one’s studies. If the same money could be utilized towards improvising education system, I would love it.
      But I believe it’s high time to bring some major changes in our education system if we want students to be truly educated and have strong foundation.

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  4. Hi. Hello. I just started my new blog, and obviously, I’m having a hard time editing my page, I am new to all these stuff so I hope that you can show me the ropes, and hopefully, I’ll get the hang of it, I read all your recent blogs and I gotta say, you are one hell of a writer, and that really amazes me because, I am an aspiring writer as well, I am not that good but I am learning everyday, and I would really like it if people would share how they think of my writings, or to be able to have an audience and make people appreciate that it’s okay to be weird and different. I hope that we can be friends and learn from each other. Thank you! I hope to read more of your posts. I will definitely follow your Page and I hope you can follow me back. Thank you!

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    1. Well that’s a lot to digest in one go!😀
      But thank you so much for appreciation!😃😃
      To be honest, I’m new too here and learning, bit-by-bit, daily. It’s a fun journey and of course we can walk in it together.☺
      I did go through your blog, followed it too and it seems to be a nice blog for a starter.
      If you want any help, you can mail me at my e-mail address, I will surely try to help you out as much as possible!☺

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  5. Beautifully put. Just would like to add a point that the true intent of good education or learning is lost as marks become the benchmark of knowledge manifestation. The lack of creativity pushes one to those thin guide books and question banks and alas all we end up is a mark sheet proclaiming that we are educated while our soul disagrees with it.

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  6. Well-written ! Sharing it on facebook 🙂

    I have heard plenty of parents are quite against the changes. They still want to cling to the good old system of rote-learning, 100/100 marks, etc. Wondering how do we change the mind-set of the parents?

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    1. Thanks a lot for the appreciation and share!😊
      As far as I’ve noticed, there has been a fair change in the understanding of parents. But no doubt there is still a large number who need to change for a better. How to do that is a question which has its solution among us only. Spreading awareness is what can help a lot, I guess.

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  7. Very true… In my case i studied biology in my school to migrate into medicine field. Fate has other way around… Then studied Diploma in electronic and communication engineering to get into Core company… Again fate has other way around… Then completed my engineering in Computer Science… Then somehow got into IT Software firm. Joined in .NET technology which am completely baseless… Joined for name sake… Then got trained in the same…. Later got project in SAP…. Fate has another twist where again i been put under UI designing and mobile application…..

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