Why education should be made interesting?

by Ashvini on January 2, 2014 · 5 comments

in Entrepreneur Series

History is a great subject, equally interesting as science. However , in schools history is treated as just another subject, to be crammed at home and spitted in the exam. One rarely learns from what history actually teaches us.

I did my schooling years back and I remembered was that despite my deep interest in science, I liked history too very much. However more than the  text book of history I liked a comic series known as Amar Chitra Katha . Loosely translated as the legends that never die and expressed in pictorial forms, Amar Chitra Katha was my source of history. It taught me far more bigger concepts about history than any other text book did.

Why the text books need to be so boring ?

Unfortunately the purpose of academics in school is still to force students to cram unnecessary details like remembering figure of years( for eg 1867 )  when something took place in history rather than the impact it had on the world. This can render even the most exciting subject to dullest ever.

Even science is made dull because of overly high level of details which does not make any sense to young minds.

In this video , Tyler Dewitt talks about how a really difficult subject in science can be made easy to understand to the students if taught creatively.


Why should we make education interesting ?

The application of education has been to analyze things around us and then innovate and think independently. In today’s world, being ordinary is just not okay. One needs to find their sweet spot and build on it. If the kids’ imagination is not fired today, it is quite unlikely that a lot of them will go out and create extraordinary things. To stand out in the competition, it is not just good enough for society to create legions of literate people who cannot think for themselves.

We need more entrepreneurs, innovators and thinkers. It starts right there at the school level. Education should be able to trigger creativity rather than boredom.

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Jeevan Jacob John January 9, 2014 at 4:16 am

Interesting post, Ashvini.

I agree with the thought. Education should be interesting. There is no real purpose is memorizing the important dates of our past. What we should learn is how those specific events affected our society, and how it still affects us (classes could also have interesting debates in which students imagine what they would have done).

Thanks for sharing the TED video – loved it. I agree with Tyler about science (why should science text books be so serious? Why can’t Science be fun? Science should be fun).

As for accuracy, we don’t always learn accurate information (so trying to be perfectly accurate is a fool’s errand…let’s focus on innovative thinking).

Thank you again for the wonderful Ashvini! Appreciate it :)

Ashvini Kumar Saxena January 9, 2014 at 12:21 pm

Hi Jeevan,

You are most welcome :). Education is boring atleast in our home country. Its also boring because teachers do not make enough effort to make it interesting. The system too is to blame as it is loaded against thinking and analyzing. How would one pass exams otherwise?
The video is really cool , I agree :).

Jeevan Jacob John January 16, 2014 at 9:38 am

Agreed…we focus too much on theory, and too less on practical applications (that is changing though, which is good…but, the pace is slow, and every year, lot more people are graduating and entering the work place).

Then there is the focus on grades (people think that better grades means smarter..which is not true at all. Grades, as a whole, are a really bad measure). Forget the numbers, focus on learning and innovation!

Lori Gosselin January 3, 2014 at 11:40 pm

Ashvini, I am so with you on this! Barbara Coloroso says we need to teach children HOW to think not WHAT to think! The education systems of the world need so much work, but I think that change is coming and spreading virally, as in this video and others like it.
That’s good news – for all areas of life!

Ashvini Kumar Saxena January 9, 2014 at 12:22 pm

Yes, it needs quite a bit of work. I am not aware about other countries’ way of teaching kids but here its not very interesting. I hope with lot of good courses online, things can be made better :)

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