This morning, I came across a viral video in the internet and though it was 5-minutes long (quite long in proportion to the time we tend to lend to anything these days) I watched it till the end. It grabbed my attention with the very title of it and the way it was demonstrated. The video portrays a prosecutor who is defending his case against a ‘system’; our ‘modern day schooling system’. It was interesting to watch because everything he said was indisputable.
At one point he demonstrates many things that got changed over the span of years yet the one thing that has remained the same is the education system. Why? Why are we not demanding change in something that shapes us as a person, our values, our aims and our capabilities? The video was a pleasure to watch as it went on establishing the connection of the educational system with the popular saying of Albert Einstein- “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole believing that it is stupid”.
We want people to change, we want people to think differently yet we fail to acknowledge how important it is to first ‘allow’ people to think different by not making everyone follow the same rules and regulations of classroom. But it’s not the teachers to be blamed, the video depicts, it’s the policymakers who impose the same rules to be followed in educating the students.
What would I have done differently if I had the responsibility of educating and shaping an young mind? I am no professional but I think it would be wise to first get to know the background of each of the students and learn how each one differs from the other in as much depth as possible. This would then allow me to cater to the learning needs of each students who do not have the same learning capabilities. This is a time-consuming process but a very effective one considering the young minds need as much of our time in growing up as we can provide.
Not everyone thinks and learns the same way as others- is the whole point that’s being missed out time and again by this age-old system.