Give Education The Respect It Deserves
Jun 6, 2013 Other 1958 Views
Mankind is progressing at a rapid pace. Every year, we add more information to our already massive knowledge base. There are so many new discoveries and inventions coming to light every day. All this data is gathered and recorded for the benefit of man. The best way to pass on all this knowledge is through the process of education. People in various civilizations realized the importance of education a long time ago, and have set mechanisms in motion to teach their next generations everything they know. Today, with the advancement in technology all these universities are now accessible, forming a worldwide brethren dedicated to education.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who do not approach education with the reverence that is due to it. They look at it from a business stand point, buying large amounts of land and constructing schools and colleges just as if they are another business opportunity. However, the fact of the matter is that although rambling grounds and good infrastructure may add to the popularity of an educational institution, the real parameter that decides the caliber of a school is how dedicated the teachers are.
In India, there are basically two boards of education. The first is called the Central Board of Secondary Education. As the name suggests, all decisions regarding the educational schedule, subjects and exams are taken at the center by a body known as the National Council for Educational Research and Teaching, located in the capital (New Delhi).
Then there is the state board system, in which the dictates regarding curriculum and examinations are given by the Education Ministries of respective states. There are other boards like the Indian Certificate for Secondary Education (ICSE) and the International Baccalaureate (IB), but these are not as common as the CBSE and state board systems.
Whatever the board of education, and indeed, whatever the medium of teaching, there are certain things that need to be kept in mind. The most important is that students need to be discouraged from learning their theory by rote. Mindlessly memorizing subject matter will get students nowhere. They bypass the joys of learning, and all their creativity is killed in the process.
The method of teaching also plays an important role in the making of a good school. If teachers use working models and visuals to explain scientific theories, the children will be able to remember the subject matter easily, without having to resort to learning it off by heart. It is an established fact that using visuals helps students in imbibing theory.
Apart from the teaching methods, there are other things that teachers can do, like taking students on field trips. This will be a novel experience and will help in lightening the atmosphere in schools. Also, field trips can be very educational.
There need to be co-curricular activities in any school, to balance out the work that students do. There are cultural events for the creative students, oratorical events for those who like the stage and like to talk, sports competitions for the athletic students and so on. Although the presence of a gymnasium and a large ground are not completely necessary, they will augment the impression that good teachers create, making the school desirable in all aspects.