I had been to
visit a cousin of mine this Monday. She broke her leg roughly three weeks back.
Overweight, high heels and celebrating the last few moments of Durga Puja by
dancing to glory during idol immersion is actually a deadly combination. She
obviously faced its consequence.
daughter had her class eight final exams the following week, I asked her to
move to one of the rooms upstairs to continue her studies while we chatted
about my cousin’s health and other things.
One of the
topics was about her daughter’s tutors. I was curious to know what exactly the
tutor teaches her in Social Studies – History, Civics and Geography.
I was told -
tutors prepare notes for the lengthy questions. (I was appalled). The
most obvious question then was, what do the students do then? The students are
responsible to answer the short questions only which the tutor will
correct and confirm if the content is okay for examination standards
Why exactly is this arrangement?
I got the
most unusual answer for that. Text books today are mostly in story telling
format so many students cannot think or understand exactly how to frame the
answers and write an accurate response.
If they try
to write it in their own language based on their understanding or
interpretation they may go completely off track and therefore will not be able
to score during exams. If the answers are not written according to the tutor’s
notes, the students are bound to lose marks.
Isn’t that the whole purpose to have a
If they are
going completely off track in understanding, isn’t it exactly at this point,
that the tutor should step in and rectify thinking pattern for better
understanding. The tutor is supposed to assist the students find solutions, not
facilitate solutions itself.
What does all this lead to?
mechanical, search and find from text book part will be done by the
students and the responses that requires rationalizing and critical thinking
will be made readily available to the student by the tutor.
Is this fair practice?
freelancing market both the buyer and seller is banned from the portal if a
student wants to outsource their homework or project work to an expert as
it is considered unethical in nature. It definitely is.
It is sad but
true that the tutor-student relationship today is not about learning any more,
but scoring because their future depends on marks, they get to choose
universities based on grades.
understand when students need additional assistance for subjects like
Mathematics or Science where without logic, rationale, clarity in
understanding, it is difficult to pacify their anxiety or fear for that subject
considering the difficulty level.
So what is wrong here?
I am ranting
about what is going on for ages perhaps.
for thinking is practically fractured since childhood.
What is the future then?
It all makes
perfect sense now when many graduates are clueless what to do with their
degrees and choose to continue studying in distant universities, so distant
that it does not bother their active social life and inactive employment life.
system is against the very human DNA to be problem solvers. This arrangement
kills curiosity and produces large scale herd mindset.
Why will you
not allow your child to learn first, instead of scoring?
This is not
idealism or insanity. It is practical to let the learner exploit all faculties
at their disposal to gather knowledge, apply in practical situations, earn livelihood and reach heights as per their ambition.
You obviously cannot do this successfully if the mind is trained not to think,
question, assess and process information.
If you were
not allowed to think when you were young, expecting you to think when
you are old enough to do a job is pure absurdity. If the tough things came to
you in a platter, you obviously will remain unaware and never know what it is to
earn or achieve something by hard work and learning new concepts
task today is to challenge status quo. While there are innovation labs being
established to let young students ideate, use STEM for greater good, majority
is still fed by that commercial model of tuition for selective study to avoid
wide extensive study leading to score driven mindset.
How will the 95% help if you cannot generate one good idea to uplift yourself and the environment around you while the 33% scorer using other multiple intelligence beyond Academics will obviously do better in life because he chose to learn 33% while his peers chose to score 95% That is huge difference.
a great leveler and offers many options to self-learn however to learn there
effectively, you cannot outsource "thinking" to any one - parents,
friends or tutors. You have to think yourself.