Finally........We are talking ‘EDUCATION’
Newspapers and Television channels, people and parties..have a new topic. Education !
Honourable Minister Kicked off the campaign ‘EDUCATION’...he set the ball rolling and tongues wagging. He set the minds thinking and people pondering.
At least in metros like Delhi and Mumbai, concerned people are talking. To a ‘little extent’ our metro-Hyderabad is also talking about EDUCATION!
We in our school, had an organized (by students) debate amongst the teachers-later joined by the students too. Besides the confluence of ideas, we also discovered the emotional range of students when they reach Grade X.
We the Principals of CBSE Schools in Hyderabad have started debating the pros and cons of these reforms that our HRD Minister is wanting to start within the next 100 days.
In our last sahodaya meet on 4th July, we the educators felt ...
• Exams are not the issue...the aftermath is the issue!
• Tension of the students is not the issue...anxiety of the parents is the problem!
• Choice to opt out of the board is not the issue...reconstruction of the curriculum is the need!
• Competition is not the issue...very few quality colleges is the issue!
Well, we kept discussing and debating and we certainly hope that HRD Minister has time for our suggestions too!
When I heard that many schools in Delhi have approached the Minister and healthy discussions are in process, I feel left out. We in Hyderabad would also like to be heard!
It would be a good idea if the HRD Minister makes a tour of all the metros and meets the educators, students and parents-the actual stakeholders in these ‘educational reforms’.
He has a responsibility to gather consensus and we have a right to express.
I was watching this talk show on CNN IBN today and indeed felt good that ‘Education’ is being discussed in a new light with a new zeal. Kapil Sibal was at his sincere best while conveying his ideas on reforming education. One of the panellists even suggested ‘Indian Teacher Service’, a la IAS IPS. Towards the end, the greying Minister wondered at the sensible questions put forth by the students and commented that it is the parents’ mindsets that need to change, systemic reforms are only secondary!
Very wise Mr Minister, thats why I am contemplating to start a school for parents too! And my curricular priorities will be:
• Trust...trust your children
• Respect...respect young minds
• Balance... deal with the children well.
• Consideration...for the needs of children
• Mental& physical strength...to deal with their energies and their doubts
... I have a list, perhaps longer than this but the core areas would be the above.
From the talk show I gathered that the Bill for some of the reforms are going to be introduced in parliament tomorrow...and I do hope that a new era is beginning.
On the flipside: With his 100 days agenda the Minister seems like ‘quick gun murugan’..a la Rajnikant style..all quick actions..!
When I say EDUCATION’ has arrived I really mean it...why else would we have Secretary of State from US discuss a full 1 hour on this topic? Hillary Clinton talking about the TEACH INDIA program and the educational needs of the current generation...certainly tells me that winds of change are blowing.
There was a time when foreign dignitaries like this used to visit India, see Taj, talk Pak, eat biryani and go back. We now have them talking ‘Education’ also.
It is good to hear Hillary talking about sharing classes with her daughter’s teacher. To hear her talk about changing the mindsets of parents (in US too?) gave me a solace that, thankgod, it’s not just our Indian Problem but the big brother also suffers from it.
As an educator I am happy that film stars (Amir Khan) to young entrepreneurs (i discover i) to student/professional volunteers are talking about teaching...each one teach one! A kind of social responsibility towards making education happen !
Education is making a grand entry.. and I am glad that I am already in the Arrival Lounge !