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Reinventing teaching can reform education

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Pedagogies become obsolete when they continue to focus on what’ they teach rather than how’. Indian education has suffered for decades on this score because the purpose of education has never envisaged fostering curiosity and creativity as being critical to education but in knowing facts and information. We teach our kids to memorize but never to understand.

Reinventing teaching can reform education

WHY DO WE TEACH?

Reforming education requires deciding what education is for. I believe that critiquing the way we teach is dependent entirely on knowing why we teach’. A time has come when this why’ itself needs to be questioned and reinvented. In other words, what we need is not doing why’ better but in finding an entirely different why’. This is because the old why is no longer relevant. Consequently, the very purpose of education needs to be rethought. Only then would education reform be revolutionized.

WHERE TO START?

To achieve this, we need to start with the teachers. The shift in mindset that they need to adjust to is that modern technology has provided students and indeed, everyone with exceptional information at the touch of a button. Rather than feel upset with this development, which is, unfortunately, the case at present with most teachers, they need to learn how they might recraft their pedagogy from information dissemination to learning and processing of information.

If we fail to do this, we would continue to harbour irrelevant teachers and consequently, an archaic education system.

This imperative shift in pedagogy needs to recognize that today’s market place requires its employees creative and critical thinking and in making complex decisions. Indeed, even classrooms have started changing. I am not speaking only of the introduction of smart boards but the way modern classrooms are currently designed. Mobile and adjustable tables and seats have replaced the earlier fixed seats where students sat in a row and the teacher was the sage on the stage. Today’s classrooms are geared towards teamwork and collaborative approach that is aimed at understanding problems before solving them. Students discuss with each other and the teacher acts as the facilitator.

This requires that education responds to dynamic needs because it is a service that is offered to society. It needs to constantly evolve if it is to provide what changing societies require. Yet, for decades, while India has dramatically changed, our education system has remained more or less static. Efforts have been made to tinker with what already exists rather than envisage how it is changed in its entirety. What we need, in other words, is a revolution in education and not just reform.

One of India’s grand challenges is education. As our population grows, the aspiration for a better life would extend from urban to rural India. Indeed, it may well be argued that to empower India, education is the key. Without education, populations would continue to be subjugated and impoverished. Rural India would continue to live under a feudal scourge where the horrific nexus of local politicians, gangsters and the bureaucracy continues as contemporary reality. Rapid urbanization would see the migration of unskilled labour into cities and huge infrastructural demand would see their employment perpetuating substandard construction. Business and industry would never be 21st century because their workforce would be the 19th century.

We are on the cusp of facing disaster unless we revolutionize our education system. This needs to be a national imperative.

posted Feb 8 in General by Chanmony

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Some notable improvement areas as a result of technology

Learning and technology have taken a new dimension due to major technology impacts in educational institutions. Now a medium is available for teachers to communicative effectively and shares ideas for making the teaching talents better. Teachers also have a pool of endless resources now which can be utilized for offering students the required assistance to boost their advance and ability. In several ways, the computer has improved education. Positive support from the teachers tries to instil their pupils.

Scope of education technology

Other improvement notable areas due to latest technology results

  • Information accessible readily on various subjects – It’s beneficial not only for teachers but also for the students too. Unlimited knowledge can be attained from the internet and more diverse materials will be available since it been presented by the people from various parts of the world. This could open up viewpoints of student’s and then allows to arise new and fresh ideas.
  • Availability of software tools- Many tools available can be used by students for creating far interesting more programs and presentations. Students can make use of the software on projects in which they have to express all their tasks very effectively in details.
  • Helping of the technology for doing away with time restrictions and the distance- Education online has now opened with many possibilities for teacher and students alike. Through the advance educational technology resources, we can now teach or school from anyplace around the world. Several schools are registered and accredited online with essential bodies of government. This actually means that most of the individual is interested to acquire higher educations and have the opportunities for doing so. Lots of people who are having jobs also have chances of pursuing their studies further without giving up their career. 

Technology to improve the scope of education

Online school introduction has made the education more achievable and enjoyable because this allows audio and the visual communicating mode in which everyone shares knowledge, ideas and also information to make others better. Through technology, a transformation has occurred in education so teaching and learning now have become very much interactive. It also has done the way with barriers as the knowledge could be shared now across the borders. Now various cultures can appreciate openly to one another as they could learn various methods of life. Education and technology are correlated and works together for developing each other. Undoubtedly technology can make a change in the scope of education.

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