Crisis unnoticed?

Crisis unnoticed?

It’s exam time for college going folks and there is a lot of tension in the air, but are we forgetting something?…
The linearity of formal education as identified by Sir Ken Robinson (TED talks!), and famously brought out by writer Chetan Baghat (3 idiots) remains unsolved and buried under the sands of time. Any developing country at some point of time must answer this question, but, in a big democracy such as ours, new scandals or IPLs always catch the headline obscuring the bigger problems. Yet, every time when exams are scheduled , the linearity shows itself up and I think it is time that I expose it a bit.

Is there a crisis?
It is not uncommon to hear news about young people committing suicide just after bad exams results but, one step further, we have seen a child go violent and kill his teacher(Chennai,2012) this year and all this points to a crisis that we will have to answer inevitably and that I think is the bigger problem, the crisis of the mind.

“Every education system in the world is being reformed at the moment and it’s not enough. Reform is no use anymore because that’s simply improving a broken model. What we need is not an evolution but a revolution in education” Sir Ken Robinson

Imagine this,.. Imagine Einstein has an accident and becomes something of a Gazhini Aamir Khan(The short term memory loss guy), and then, unfortunately gets to study in a commonplace Engineering college in India that follow traditional exam system, what would he do?.. He is likely to become insane, not himself.
This is the big problem with exams because people are different and not all have enormous memory capability. Exams only test what I remember during exams and not what I have learned during the course. There are a lot of undiscovered Einsteins and Tagores in our country who never became one.
If one gets to learn something, what really matters is what he does with what he learns- how he uses it, and how he learns to apply it. Whereas, a traditional approach only tests what a person retains. This changes the purpose of education. When the goals are changed, everything changes. A student studies for marks, not to learn something new and passion-less teachers become common. This perspective of exams interfere with the process of teaching and inhibits learning itself.
Schools and colleges have become mark factories and not a place where a student discovers his talents and abilities. How are we going to solve this?

“The current system of education was designed and conceived and structured for a different age”Sir Ken Robinson
“Education is modeled on the interests of industrialization and in the image of it” Sir Ken Robinson

I think the problem has become a political one than an educational one, yet, I believe that we already have all the elements we need to solve this crisis, but the one thing missing is SYNERGY between the element viz. ideas (to be worked upon), money(to fund the idea) and minds(to pursue the idea) ,and a place where they come together. When the real power of democracy is understood, it will be easy to solve any crisis of any magnitude.

More thoughts:
A child is like a butterfly in the open.
It flies swiftly around meadows , plants, flowers
and follows the beautiful morning rays of sun
shone on the little pink flowers.
It is not bound to any restrictions, as free as the blowing wind.
Flying happily in its own path. A path it chooses on its own.
It remembers its days in the cocoon, gaining wings and strength to face the world.
Without which it would never have made it to the world.
Children in their early years are like the larvae in their cocoon.
And the cocoon, I believe, is EDUCATION, without which, a child is like a boat
in the mighty ocean without an oar. Bad education is a flawed cocoon. Luckily, Butterflies build their own cocoon, but we ought to build one for our children and children’s children. Why not build a better one….?

“ The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion as our case is new so we must think anew and act anew. We must dis-enthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country” Abraham Lincoln.

“A child and the butterfly” by Arun.J

A child is like a butterfly in the open……..
It flies swiftly around meadows , plants,flowers and follows the beautiful morning rays of sun shone on the little
pink flowers,
It is not bound to any restrictions- As free as the blowing wind.
She flies happily in her own path…
A path she chooses on her own.
It remembers its days in the cocoon, gaining wings and strength to face the world.

Children in the early years are like the larvae in their cocoon.
And the cocoon, I believe, is EDUCATION, without which, a child is like a boat in the mighty ocean without an oar.
Bad education is a flawed cocoon. Luckily, the butterfly builds its own cocoon
but we ought to build one for our children and children’s children. Why not build a better one….?

Social networks and the world

The days when people used to write to their friends to connect with them have almost died out. With the advent of new technologies, things keep changing. From shopping to the way we travel, technology seems to have messed up with everything. These days, we see ten year olds use the computer and the internet. This surprises us, especially when they update their status messages on Facebook. Such incidents are not new in this era of technological advancement. But, is it all for good. What if technology might show us the wrong direction? With this question in mind I welcome you to my article. Here, we will explore the truth about technology with social networks our main concern.
The most famous names in the history of social networking remains Facebook, Twitter and the newcomer in the list, Google+. Facebook has created a real boom in the industry. Facebook, the brainchild of Mark Zuckerberg, a Harvard student was created on the 4th of February, 2004 with the domain name thefacebook.com. The previous version, facemash.com (October 28, 2003) was most invited. Knowing the potential of his creation, Zuckerberg quit his college and went on to pursue his dream full time. With California as its headquarters, Facebook has more than 2000 employees and more than 750million users as on July 2009.The estimated market value of Facebook was 41billion US dollars as on November 2010 and it reached a trillion page views in June2011. This success story continues. Next in the list is the social networking and micro blogging site Twitter. Known for its 140 character tweets or SMS of the internet, the novel idea by Jack Dorsey was started on the 15th of July, 2006. It had 200million users in March, 2011.The number of tweets per day reached 50 million in February, 2010 and In June 25, 2009, when the king of pop, Michael Jackson died, the twitter server crashed at 100,000 tweets an hour. In June 2008, celebrity verified accounts were introduced, taking Twitter to a new level. Google plus (or Google +) by Google Inc., is next in the list. Google guys Larry Page and Sergey Brin started Google in September 4, 1998.They too decided to enter the social network market with their product Google+, launched in June 28, 2011 on an invitation only basis. But in September 20, 2011, it was open to all. They integrated Google Buzz and Google profiles and introduced new and original features like Circles, Hangouts, Sparks, etc. The Circles enabled users to organize contacts in groups for sharing. While the hangouts provided group video chats and also enabled web casting. The Sparks enabled people to share what they are interested in and much more features like the messenger, instant uploads, stream, games and the +1 button. They reached a staggering 10 million users in July2011, in just two weeks and 25 million users in four weeks.
Social networking sites have become an integral part of today’s younger generation. They make up a good business but most of today’s so called younger generation fall prey to them. What started many years back as a way of communication between computers through e-mail and stuffs have now ended up in social networks, linking up so many people at the same time. The benefit of a social network depends on the way we use it. Not all use it constructively. It merely serves as a false sense of being social for many. Yet the benefits are many, like connecting to a long lost friend, gaining knowledge about something and so on… But the number of people benefited is far less than the number of people carried away. This makes social networks evil. The statistics shows that the number of children under 13 years using Facebook is 7.5 million as on May 2011.It will become an obsession to them in later years and would drive them mad. Many people are abstained from reality and choose to become Lonely. While, many of them compromise their own privacy. The security concerns have sparked up in recent days. With advertising and spams on the rise, these money minded people are looking for new ways to make their products as addictive as possible. We only have to recall games like Farmville on Facebook. Every time we log in and use such sites, we only add up to bank accounts of people like Zuckerberg, but many of us are not aware of this.
To all those who feel they are addicted to sites like Facebook, there is only one thing that I wish to say. There is a better world around; live it and you will like it. Don’t isolate yourself.