What Is Education About?

I saw this message on Twitter and it got me thinking about the state of education/schooling system. Here is the message:


What I needed to learn in highschool:

  1. Public speaking
  2. Customer service
  3. People management
  4. Conflict resolution
  5. Critical thinking
  6. Accounting
  7. Financial planning
  8. Software development
  9. How to mentor
  10. Creativity
  11. Critical thinking
  12. Negotiation

  • How much of our school curriculum prepares us for the above? Which subjects in particular?
  • How does our exam system evaluate students for the twelve capabilities?
  • How are our teachers equipped to teach students and prepare them for the twelve capabilities? Do they possess those in first place?
  • Leaving aside schooling, how many parents are aware of these aspects and invest in resources (not just money, but time, effort, energy etc) to develop the listed capabilities?
  • The most fundamental question is: What is our education about?

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    1. Education in my time was defined as learning to learn. The Vedic system of shravanam, mananam and nidhidhyasanam led to well educated people in the societies of those days. The Brits destroyed that system and now we are floundering around like chicken with with their heads cut off.

      The system included the guild system for trade and business besides other specialised methods like apprenticeship, internship etc.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_education_in_the_Indian_subcontinent

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