The Missing Ingredients in Modern Education
The number of complaints about the educational system doesn’t seem to be increasing. Each school year brings in a whole new bunch of complaints and issues. With the growing demand for change, one would expect our education system to also respond by developing new and efficient methods of teaching geared towards the production of graduates who can tackle the challenges of today. But on the contrary, our modern education system lacks some vital ingredients which can enable it to adapt to this rapidly changing world. We talk about some of these missing ingredients below.
1. Parental Ambition
Parents are not so interested in the actual education; they are rather interested in their children achieving high scores in tests and exams, ensuring that they are admitted to good schools and can eventually graduate and take up respectable jobs that pay well. This myopic perspective venerates the materialist philosophy, making education appear as just a means of accumulating prosperity, position, prestige, and power.
The purpose of education, which is to produce learned and enlightened individuals. However, the excitement that comes with discovering something new, asking questions to learn, creative thinking, and so on is lost in the mire of people using education as a means to an end and a transaction rather than a learning process.
2. Imaginative Power
Learners around the world have become so used to calling on the works of authors long gone for arguments and have refused to venture into the world of questioning everything until they arrive at the truth. They have abandoned curiosity and have taken up archaic conventions and arguments, canonizing them and making them the standard for true academic prowess.
Due to the fear of launching into the unknown, imaginative power has now become obsolete, and dogmatism has become the order of the day in modern education.
Sentimentality is another essential ingredient that is lacking in modern education. It is also referred to as an emotion, emotive power, and the ability to feel something immensely. It is a true, pure, and undiluted surge of feeling that pushes out the creative genius in people and makes them want to create. It is the appreciation of the truth that goes deep, tearing through the fabric of reality to take its place as the ultimate motivation for people to create.
The advent of scientific proof and ruthless logic, rather than encouraging students to feel, has led to the demise of emotions. Suffice to say that sentimentality moves us forward from thoughts to action.
Education should not prioritize materialism. It should not just serve as a means to accumulate wealth. Rather, it should be a path that leads to true enlightenment for everyone involved. The process of learning in schools should be aimed at imparting knowledge, which can be practically applied to improve society.