How is our education system fair? Is it fair to test all students with the same exams? We are all born with talents and God given traits. No two children are the same. While a child might be good at drawing, another child might be better at signing. Another child might be good at sports. How can we expect to judge these children with the same standardized tests?
Imagine that there are 10 students in a classroom. All of them are asked to take the Math exam. Unfortunately, 4 out of the 10 students will fail the exam because they are weak at math and their talents lie elsewhere. But we humiliate these students by failing them and reward the other students who simply memorized the formulas and aced the exam because of their memorizing ability, not because of their learning ability. Half of the things we learn at school are useless and fail to prepare us to face the challenges of the workplace and the professional environment. People who are unlucky to be living in poor neighborhoods also don’t have access to quality education, when compared to people who go to private schools and belong to rich families.
Schools nationwide don’t have the same quality. A private school has far better teachers and far better facilities than government run schools. Education is a universal right for all, yet only a few people are lucky enough to get quality education. We need to change our education curriculum in order to recognize excellence, and give the students access to holistic learning facilities that value talent rather than having standardized tests for everyone which only mean to degrade the intellect of the students. If we judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, the fish will spend his whole life thinking that he was only good enough to climb a tree. We need to urge students to learn what they love instead of forcing mandatory subjects on them. We have to stop teaching people unnecessary things that won’t be of any use to them. Knowledge should be prioritized rather than memorizing boring facts and figures that no one cares about. Our education system will prosper once we start encouraging students to take up things that they love. When people start learning about things that they have a natural interest towards, their brain would be more receptive towards soaking that particular knowledge.
Our current education system needs a major overhaul. Teachers more often than not force the students to memorize rather than learn new things. We teach our children from a young age to obey their superiors, but we forget to teach them why it is important to respect their elders. We teach them mindless facts and figures that are of no practical use to them. This hampers their cognitive abilities, and only proves to harm them in the long run. Most university graduates are confused about what to do in life once they graduate from their universities, as the education system failed to realize their talents.
We force our children to compete against each other to get meaningless grades, and if they are not good enough we fail them, causing humiliation and depression among young students of our schools. Some people struggle with science and commerce and math, and instead of identifying their problems, and recognizing their hidden talents, we shun them and humiliate them. So, how is the education system fair? We need to start educating students with practical knowledge and motivate them to truly learn about new things, and celebrate their ideas and recognize their hidden talents.