#1 The Acharya Devo Bhava attitude
I believe it is very unfair to just give any elder, teacher or parent the designation of God.
It is time that we understand that just being senior in age, experience or status does NOT cause their every word to be true, as is supposed to be with God. (Let’s not digress here and dive into debatable issues like existence of God and all). This outlook gives to these seniors (teachers included) a lawful right to overlook their scope of improvement and command their juniors (students in the case of teachers).
Let us realize that anybody can become a ‘teacher’ and most of them would not be intelligent enough to understand the responsibilities that come with this profession and the belief Acharya Devo Bhava or any form of it makes them feel powerful and that, is a dangerous situation. It can lead to them not encouraging students to ask questions to more serious issues like corporal punishment beyond acceptable measures.
Expanding on the “not encouraging students to ask questions”, it happens even in the most prestigious colleges of the country, let alone other educational institutes and universities. Rahul Gandhi has stated, “When I was studying at St Stephen’s College, asking a question was not perceived to be good in our class. You were looked down upon if you asked too many questions.” And
we have seen some portions of the same in 3 Idiots and read it in Five Point Someone.
So, the stance that teachers are God for students is tremendously wrong. Just like that aphorism Respect is not demanded but commanded I think it should be tailored to something like Devo Bhava repute is not demanded but commanded. The teachers should be told that theirs is a tough and a job of responsibility.
#2 Score, Forrest, Score.
Mass recruiting companies have eligibility criteria of over 70% in +2 and among top 10% in class to write their exam. This steers the whole system and the students to focus on scoring top marks in examinations. It inhibits creativity and proper learning.
IIM’s have introduced a rule where those who couldn’t manage 70% or more marks in their senior school certificate or higher secondary school certificate would not be allowed into its hallowed portals regardless of their CAT scores. Let’s analyze this. A student doesn’t do well in the senior school and so s/he cannot be a worthy manager by IIM standards? Low percentage in +2 and good managerial/entrepreneurial skills are NOT mutually exclusive.
#3 Politicization of education
And so we have reservations for the SCs, STs and the OBCs who have excellently sound financial background with their reservation percentage been raised to 49.5% in the central government funded higher education institutes. We have tailored history books with more light thrown to a certain religion or sect. We have certain languages being pressed into the curriculum because they keep alive our Indian culture and differentiate us from the west. Need I say more?
These are just 3 of many, many reasons. Please comment and share with us, if you know of any other reason.
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