You can force students to learn, to a certain extent, but students aren’t happy and employers aren’t happy.
Learning is the new skill. Imagination, creation and asking new questions are at its core.
If children know there is someone standing over them who knows all the answers, they are less inclined to find the answers for themselves.
It’s quite fashionable to say that the educational system is broken. It’s not broken. It’s wonderfully constructed. It’s just that we don’t need it anymore.
Students are rewarded for memorization, not imagination or resourcefulness.
Education prepares to be one piece of a machine.
Teachers are not supposed to be repositories of information which they dish out. That is from an age when there were no other repositories of information, other than books or teachers, neither of which were portable. A lot of my big task is retraining these teachers.
Schools still operate as if all knowledge is contained in books, and as if the salient points in books must be stored in each human brain – to be used when needed. The political and financial powers controlling schools decide what these salient points are.
People are adamant learning is not just looking at a Google page. But it is. Learning is looking at Google pages. What is wrong with that?
The Indian education system, like the Indian bureaucratic system, is Victorian and still in the 19th century. Our schools are still designed to produce clerks for an empire that does not exist anymore.