Does One Size Fit ALL?- The Education System of India
It may come as a shock to many that the current education system in India has been around for over two centuries. That’s right, the system that the British developed to nurture anglicized Indians to serve as cultural intermediaries between the British masters and their Indian slaves is what is being used to prepare our youth for the modern world. This shouldn’t come as a big surprise, this memorization and test factory approach has been hugely successful around the globe. Test scores are higher than they have ever been. But the question we need to ask ourselves is this:
“Does this one-size-fits-all approach still working for our diverse and creative talent?”
The education system of an era, in our opinion, needs to be similar to the nature of production in factories at the time. The conveyor-belt era needed mass-produced talent; homogeneity was an asset. The present, on the other hand, is the age of mass customization. People take pride in their individuality, their dreams of becoming a famous musician or a renowned tattoo artist no longer being defined as unrealistic. The value lies in the need of the hour, hence, is to recognize the value of this diversity and embrace it with open arms. Methods such as vocational training and storytelling that stimulate an individual’s mind need to be utilized alongside theoretical information at a wider scale.
Of course, none of these changes will have any effect if education isn’t made accessible to everyone. Children cannot keep travelling hours every morning to receive education. Availability of textbooks, teachers, proper infrastructure and nutrition, similarly, need to be ensured. Real change requires real initiative, from parents and teachers to the government. Only then can we move forward. Only then can we give our children the learning environment they so deserve.
What’s your take?
Writer: Pranav Arora is pursuing his Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Delhi and is currently in his final year. He is deeply passionate about solving social issues on a systemic level and is not afraid to voice his opinion to instigate change. He’s also pretty chill to be around.
Illustrator: Ruchi Jain is pursuing her Master’s degree in Communication Design from Pearl Academy, New Delhi. She is a keen observer of all things around her and expresses her feelings and insights through sketching and drawing. Ruchi hopes to continue her exploration and journey filled with stories and experiences.