The education system plays an important role in determining the learning outcomes of the students. Indian physicist Arindam Ghosh pointed to the “unstructured” school education and recently shared a famous quote from Albert Einstein on Twitter.
In the tweet, the IISc Bangalore professor shared a screenshot of a Twitter handle post dedicated to American physicist professor Richard Feynman. The tweet reads: “The value of a college education is not the learning of many facts, but the training of the mind to think. — A. Einstein (1879-1955).”
Arindam Ghosh shared it on his wall, highlighting the importance of school education and how the recent structure is destroying the minds of the students. He tweeted: “Like college, balanced education in school is absolutely essential. That’s why kids who leave school in grades 8 or 9 to prepare for IIT JEE are destroying the fundamental structure of education in this country.” .”
Just like in college, a balanced education in school is absolutely essential. That is why children who leave school in 8th or 9th grade to prepare for IIT JEE are destroying the fundamental structure of education in this country. https://t.co/Kj6Ue7Thn0 pic.twitter.com/CkxuNFbkno— Arindam Ghosh (@ArindamPhysics) March 15, 2022
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The tweet was followed by a series of comments from various users. One of the users thanked the professor for bringing the issue out, while few called it a marketing stunt by coaching institutes. It followed a debate on whether students opt for the fact-robbing structure to pass the entrance exams. Different users had different views about it.
“Ultimately, we’ll make robots out of people. I have many examples where a class 12 candidate is interested in AI, ML, robotics but unable to explain simple things like atom, electron, electricity, energy etc. Since AI maintains social status, electron doesn’t,” one user wrote. (sic)
“’Doing something out of love’ is a strange concept when it comes to education in India. Following a pattern for success is what we love to do. The faster you raid, the faster you forget,” wrote another. (sic)
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However, there have been many incidents in the past where the craze of the IIT-JEE took over the minds of parents. In 2017, a Quora question caught people’s attention. A parent asked about the best institute for IIT coaching for a fifth grade student. The question sparked criticism and many users called out the parent for their mindset and the pressure they put on their child. An HSBC research report titled “The Value of Education” found that 51 percent of parents prioritize their children’s career success, not their health and happiness.
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