Mug this up, mug that up, spill it out on the papers, and now repeat ‘I AM EDUCATED’
I came across this line and was instantly taken back to my school days. I am sure we all have some memory of being told to by-heart answers for an exam or a test. Unfortunately, or I should say fortunately, I was unable to do rote learning. Without understanding the concepts of a subject, I could never wrap my head around it. Sometimes I scored less than my peers and surely that saddened me as a child, but I always found the results of probing a topic much more fulfilling than simply memorizing words.
Better understanding of a subject helped me with stronger retention of what I studied. This led me to do well in competitive exams, which are analytical and comprehensive.
A very important aspect of learning is relatability to the real world, to be able to connect your theoretical knowledge with the practical. Our ability to acquire new skills has been known to reduce with age, even for folks who have received a quality education. Therefore, it is important to encourage children to delve beyond their textbooks and learn to apply their concepts and convert them to skills from a young age.
A great way to begin understanding concepts is by visualizing the information. Most children have an active imagination and this comes fairly easy to them. Charts, blocks, number cubes and day to day objects can be used to visually represent textbook theories. Infact, a lot of explainer videos on the internet do a great job of using diagrams and animations to visually explain topics. Do check them out on YouTube and on the Vidyanext Content Website.
India’s education system is still evolving and although we have come a long way, we still lag behind countries like Japan, Singapore and Finland. Japan’s technology-based educational structure and Finland’s alternative schooling methods, prize effort and application above inherited ‘smartness’. In India, visible efforts have been made with respect to Montessori schooling, introduction of STEM learning and use of technology in classrooms. These strategies have shown tremendous increase in individual learning.
Experience overwrites education any day. That experience combined with education is knowledge.
Debates for alternative learning system against conventional schooling will continue. But, what matters is how we can make most out of what we already have. After all, facts are important, but the ability to apply those facts is exceptional. We all want our children to be exceptional, don’t we?
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About the author:
Educationist, Teacher, EdTech blogger
works at content.vidyanext.com