I saw many movies of Rajnikanth who acts faster than the wind and Indian heroes who beat up many with one hand...b’coz the other is busy wiping the Rayban glasses or twisting the cigarette. Clint Eastwood or Robert Redford only learnt how to shoot quietly..but our Indian heroes are superfast like our Dashing HRD Minister- The Real Quick Gun Murugan ! Hatsoff to Kapilji !
As an educator I feel very happy that he gave me the official go ahead signal to actually ‘educate’ my students-not just prepare them for exams. When he initiated these talks, I was apprehensive-‘will such radical reforms happen’? –Bingo, here they are, officially happened and I must say that we have a forward looking Minister !
No Boards does not mean that we will have no more standards or quality.
It means that we will have educated young people who are gearing up to lead us all into that age of wisdom. We had enough of this IT age that made us into senseless materialistic selfish people.
From the late 1990s, If students were pushed beyond their endurance levels, it was only because they had to compete with each other in a budding world of Information technology. Jobs were few and scope was still not certain. Even the engineering colleges were few. But we now have 1000s of engineering colleges and plenty of IT firms across the world that are wanting ‘skilled’ people in math computations.
The days of ‘competition because of scarcity’ are over ! Now onwards begins the world of ‘competition for excellence’ ! The age of wisdom begins and we need people who can use their minds !
There is a need for skilled people as much as there is a need for wise people. The demographic advantage that we Indians are going to enjoy begins with the batch of students who are going to start a new era of passing out of Grade 10 without a Board exam-The class of 2011. When they pass out of universities in 2020, there is going to be requirement of 47million workforce across the world and luckily India only will have that young set of workers with all the required abilities.
While the rest of the world will have ageing population, we have an advantage of young population. It means that there is no scarcity hence no need for competition for seats or jobs. But yes, there will be a competition for excellence and that is what we in the schools can do if we do not have the parameters of Board Exams.
How deeply satisfying for an educator to empower the students with thinking skills and plenty of knowledge ! As the Principal of a CBSE School I feel that justice has finally arrived in the name of reforms. I do hope that his stance on nationalising the curriculum will also take equal speed and enhance the thinking skills of students in the State Boards too !
Late Shri YS Rajsekhar Reddy had visualised a CBSE curriculum for all the SSC Schools and I sincerely hope that his successors will realize his vision and empower the student population of AP at par with their contemporaries across the country.
A group of children were playing near two railway tracks, one still in use while the other disused. Only one child played on the disused track, the rest on the operational track.
The train is coming, and you are just beside the track interchange. You can make the train change its course to the disused track and save most of the kids. However, that would also mean the lone child playing by the disused track would be sacrificed. Or would you rather let the train go its way?
Most people might choose to divert the course of the train, and sacrifice only one child. You might think the same way, I guess.
Exactly, to save most of the children at the expense of only one child was rational decision most people would make, morally and emotionally. But, have you ever thought that the child choosing to play on the disused track had in fact made the right decision to play at a safe place?
Nevertheless, he had to be sacrificed because of his ignorant friends who chose to play where the danger was. This kind of dilemma happens around us everyday. In the office, community, in politics and especially in a democratic society, the minority is often sacrificed for the interest of the majority, no matter how foolish or ignorant the majority are, and how farsighted and knowledgeable the minority are. The child who chose not to play with the rest on the operational track was sidelined. And in the case he was sacrificed, no one would shed a tear for him.
The great critic Leo Velski Julian as well as Sourav who told the story said he would not try to change the course of the train because he believed that the kids playing on the operational track should have known very well that track was still in use, and that they should have run away if they heard the train's sirens.. If the train was diverted, that lone child would definitely die because he never thought the train could come over to that track! Moreover, that track was not in use probably because it was not safe... If the train was diverted to the track, we could put the lives of all passengers on board at stake! And in your attempt to save a few kids by sacrificing one child, you might end up sacrificing hundreds of people to save these few kids.
While we are all aware that life is full of tough decisions that need to be made, we may not realize that hasty decisions may not always be the right one.
'Remember that what's right isn't always popular... and what's popular isn't always right...'
Everybody makes mistakes; that's why they put erasers on pencils.