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Shocking Flaws in Our Education System

Published On: Thursday, December 20, 2018 105208 views


 In this post I am going to highlight and pen down few fundamental flaws of higher education system in an easy-to-digest manner for the minds. Here I have attempted to describe few core issues, and will be making a case as to why, by the year 2030, none of the Indian educational institutions will be in top-20 or 50 or even in the top-200 universities in the world.

 Fundamental Flaw No-1: Factory Model of Education

     Sir Ken Robinson, in his brilliant TED Talk, described the biasness of our education system towards producing industry centric outcomes. In his words, “the whole education system was designed to fulfill the needs of the industrial revolution”. He’s right. We do classify our students in batches, process their learning in a manner similar to what is done in a typical factory’s assembly line. Defective parts are generally chucked out with marginal attempts to recover their value in the final product. Figures show rise in the percentage of students who drop-out or commit suicide because they can’t cope up with the mind-bending realities of the educational system [1].

        In the past, if you had a degree then you could easily land a job, now degrees are everywhere. Economic realities of educational system is producing academic inflation. Therefore, the value of degrees have fallen down substantially over the last few decades to the point that corporate houses have started to overlook qualifications due to the industry-academia gap. Finally, the output from current factory model of education is, quite literally, a big zero. Lack of employability is a major concern across India [2].

 Fundamental Flaw No-2: Lack of Understanding of Human Creativity and Learning

      Humans as intellectual creatures develop themselves organically. They learn from their mistakes and become better overtime with experience. Education system on the other side, by virtue of being split into varied levels of education, produces a nasty consequence where it expects certain level of pre-existing academic ability from a student. Anyone not having the required academic ability suffers tremendously and is further pushed down the pipe labelled as a ‘poor’ or ‘below average’ student.

      Furthermore, there is very little attention given to human creativity during the learning process. Imagine a student is able to reach an answer to a question, the evaluative judgment for marks is mostly based on the given final outcome, i.e. the accuracy of the answer. We lack a better tool to judge ‘how’ that student resolved the internal ambiguities of his mind and creatively reached the conclusive answer. There is no measure employed or devised to be used at this massive scale for measuring an individual’s creativity. In fact, on the contrary a creative individual can be perceived as a non-conformist or ‘poor’ student.  

 Fundamental Flaw No-3: Knowledge delivery and Meritocratic Measurements of Academic Ability

     To understand this, If you think of education system as a delivery vehicle for disseminating scientific knowledge. If you compare it to any religion, you’re going to have to conclude that religions outperform our education system in terms of effectiveness and learning outcomes.  Religions do something quite similar in a much more effective way than the education systems. Utilizing most senses of mind/body to deliver the message they intend to deliver using auditory, visual, and verbal means exceptionally well to engage and disseminate knowledge from scriptures. Furthermore, they utilize celestial events to impart daily discipline and employ concept of communicative repetition for reiterating or reinforcing the prescribed teachings to their followers. Almost seems too good to be true, but religions employ better and varied knowledge delivery mechanisms than our current education system.

        For lack of a better way to find out whether or not a human has learned the knowledge, we have put the evaluation systems to strictly measure the elusive academic ability. Beneath lies the idea of meritocratic academic achievement, which states that only those human should rise in societal hierarchy who possess the most amount of academic ability. The Reality, however, is much different as there aren’t many top businessmen, politicians, and successful wealthy humans who became who they are today just ‘because’ of their academic ability. Honestly, If you look around, you’re more likely to find someone successful ‘because’ they didn’t take education system’s promises seriously than those who had stick to it, and in the end, couldn’t achieve success as they once wished for.

 Fundamental Flaw No-4: Lack of standard metric to gauge ROI from investment in formal education

       Purpose of the higher education system is to equip us with required knowledge, skills, and competencies and help us progress into the future that we can’t grasp today. People invest massively in the education system while at the same time no one has a clue how the world will look-like in coming 5 years, obviously everyone is supposed be educated for it.

        Preparing for future isn’t necessarily a bad strategy. But the key question is whether you are better off without the long-term investment in educating yourself?  The answer to this question lie in analyzing Return-On-Investment using a standard method. This standard method of measuring ROI is missing.

Thank you for reading and I hope you’ll find this post useful and I will post more about our education system in the future.  In case if you wish to add any additional point to the post, then please leave a comment below.

Post by: Sarabpreet Singh
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