What would a new-age education look like?
Every learning is guided by how we want the learner to be. The image that we have in mind reflects the curriculum we design, the activities we plan, and the thought process we imbibe in the learner. Our present schooling system is based on outcomes of the industrial revolution that aims to train people to perform the same task with the same efficiency each day. They were building factory workers and wanted people who could celebrate working hard and compete on the same knowledge/content outcome. Hence, the curriculum has inhibited the growth abilities of the learner. It restricts the entire process of understanding information to a few books and one person. It has negatively affected their learning hours and made it impossible for anyone to try new things as the outlook towards learning was the people’s perception of your success. This perception of people ignores the inherent values of the individual.
What should we do?
We need to nurture the holistic development of our students. We should focus on building a person who can readily join the workforce and contribute to the family, the community, and grow individually. It is about their life. It is about the substantial amount of time they spend learning that they need for a better life. We should give them a bigger and better objective to meet the challenging VUCA world. The world that neither can be predicted nor can be curated.
We need a school that understands that today students can learn ABCD from Alexa but need a creative outlook to build the alphabets together into beautiful words, unique sentences and inspiring stories. We can’t have one assessment level for all the students. If students can’t implement the global level of education at the local level, the learning is a waste. Experts from the world have designed our school for the betterment of the area around your locality. That’s the design at Pluskul. We have studied the kids, learnt about them and then imbibed the learnings for each age group based on their physio-emotional status.
We should help the child discover his potential at his own pace and level and give her time to learn herself.
As Sri Aurobindo believed, the concept of education is acquiring all kinds of information to build the powers of the human mind and spirit. Education should nurture the child to meet the needs of modern complex life, training and purifying their senses. Education should fully and harmoniously develop memory, thinking, reasoning, imagination and discrimination. It should also lead to moral development – showing extreme love, sympathy and consideration for all living beings. Education should develop the conscience of the child – scanning the divine existence within themself.
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