It’s a pity, youngsters in India do not have the vision to think beyond. Neither their parents, nor their grandparents had that vision. This is where the root of the problem is. When I decided to do a project with 10 other friends, I met all types of people. Some had resistance from their family. Some were worried that they will do bad academically. Today there are only 4 of us working on it. This race for marks is killing our generation!
This race starts in a much funnier way- with the birth of the child. The parents want him to become a doctor and they even get him toy stethoscope, toy doll’s to operate on etc. The grand parents want him to become an engineer. They get him a set of lego toys. the uncle wants him to become a chartered accountant, and he gets the boy toy’s with numbers on them. The other uncle wants him to become a business man like him, and so gets him monopoly. The child grows and finds the jealous neighbors, the teachers who did not get any other job so came to get experience on their CV, the management that is out to make money, the syllabus to make sure you are one step behind everybody, The good-for-nothing Education Board- the grandpa’s and grannies from the previous generation.
I’d love to see a change here. A change, as I always say, not in just the system of laws, but a change that perforates into the mindset of every individual and changes him/ her forever. The change includes-
- The talented lot of our country to become educators- education should be the career of choice, and not compromise.
- World class education institutions.
- Education should encourage entrepreneurship.
- Greater investment into education- private as well as public. Teachers should be paid more.
- Education that involves innovation and creativity- I loved doing my project with INTEL. I’m still working on it. I shamelessly sacrificed my academic projects for this sake. Whatever I do- including this post- is out of choice.