This is my 2nd blog on reviving education.
2nd Industrial Wave schooling for Millennials & Gen Z
As I discussed in my 1st blog on reviving schooling that industrial age mentality of mass production and mass control is everywhere in schools, let me explain in detail, what this mentality really is and how it affects a child’s mind and his overall growth.
Our Basic Problem
In the current system, our children are segregated by classes and are derived by ringing bells. The whole day at school, they do nothing but follow instructions in a meaningless set of pattern, for instance, they normally hear these; Stand up, don’t shout, stop talking, open your books, turn to page 9, answer question #1. In this orthodox system, kids are awarded for doing exactly what you are told to do.
They are praised for following discipline which is not a bad idea, but they never have that freedom to express themselves as done in factories by labors. Yes, being labor is not bad at all but how can we expect something creative when their whole upbringing is under such industrial age values, e.g. by following exactly what they are told to do. These values were very important 100 years back when the objective of this education was to produce factory workers.
What happen to me?
I was one of the kids whose self-esteem was trashed in the dustbin, I was insulted for not following orders. I was brutally beaten when I didn’t memorize something I didn’t understand. I was treated like a slave. I never felt that anyone who was teaching me in school ever had time to come to me and ask why I was not following whatever was told. Maybe, I had a low IQ, so how a low IQ kid should have been treated? It was really painful and hurting.
The moment of Sadness!
The most hurting part is, this master-slave approach still run deep in a majority of our Govt School, and in some cases, it is well followed in private school too. Anyways, coming back to the point, how far can you go by simply following instruction? The time has changed, the values and approach should be changed too. The modern world values creativity. It values people who can communicate their creativity and ideas. It demands collaboration and appreciates collaborative efforts. The time has changed. The norms should also be changed. If we still follow the same old schools of thought and put our all focus to keep the students disciplined, we will end up having the same breed of the population who will be with no creativity and no modern world values.