Education – A non zero sum game

Hey! Our education system’s in an emergency,

But let us see knowledge as the new currency,

When the dreaded exams start getting close,

We can come and fill the gaps in it with rays of hope!

 

Every year we witness the same old story.

Some students do their best, and it’s their days of glory.

But many fail and fall into a slippery slope.

Shunning budding dreams, as if there’s no scope?

 

With focus on children and their urgent needs,

The nation can support in both words and deeds.

With platforms created to usher creativity,

For all the educators, it’s an opportunity!

 

Why not cover syllabus in prime-time TV ?

And make learning even more fun and easy!

Let the teachers be this season’s celebrities,

From fear and boredom; students need to be freed!

 

If the Big B can take a textbook story and recite,

The kids would love to learn and quickly memorize.

Science as curious journey into the unknown

And textbook poems jingle in AR Rehman’s tune!

 

Mr.Arnab! The student nation wants to know,

How statistics play a role in elections and polls!

Why not all get together; better make sure ?

That children learn in time and their future’s secure!

 

Kids in uniform from all nearby schools,

Learning in 3D theaters, and the show is house-full !

Don’t be surprised if you witness this too,

When our PM jumps in to teach a lesson or two!

 

Farmers come with their pretty plants and plows,

Teach how to make these green creatures grow ?

Children will come to wash away their lonely sorrows

Farmers play a central role for a better tomorrow.

 

Study clinics run by common citizens like me,

Where students can come and clear their doubts for free!

With focus on children and their learning needs,

Merging science, commerce, arts and make the system complete!

 

Education should be a non-zero-sum game,

All the players in the game shall collectively gain!

Locked in a classroom it cannot sustain.

It’s time design new synergistic campaigns.

 

 

With daily dosage of much needed motivation,

And formulas announced in every railway stations,

Let’s change this exam-oriented education,

Into a worldwide knowledge celebration !!

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Inspired by:

‘Vidhya Mahima’ Sanskrit poems:

न चोरहार्यं न च राजहार्यंन भ्रातृभाज्यं न च भारकारी ।
व्यये कृते वर्धते एव नित्यं विद्याधनं सर्वधन प्रधानम् ॥

Can’t be stolen by a thief, can’t be snatched by kings, can’t be partitioned by brothers, nor is it heavy. The more you expend, the more it grows; The wealth of knowledge is the supreme of all wealths.

 

अपूर्वः कोअपि कोषोंयम विद्यते तव भारति ।

व्ययतो वृद्धि मायाति क्षयमायाती संचयात् ॥

Wonderful is this wealth of knowledge, the more you share the more it grows, and on segregation it diminishes…

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More links to dive upon…

Remake of the previous version: http://asanvigyan.in/2017/02/20/education-a-non-zero-sum-game/

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/finding_common_ground/2014/04/treating_education_as_a_zero-sum_game.html

http://educationnext.org/education-is-no-zero-sum-game/

Education, A Non-Zero Game

http://ebhle.org/ebhle/ ( Pl download Vision.ppt)

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Please share your ideas and views on the comment:

What should be at the core of the curriculum assessment and implementation: competition or co-operation ?

Why do different fields of subjects get alienated from one another as we progress towards ‘specialization’?

Can there be synergism in the merger of different subjects, (especially between disciplines of arts and science)?

Bearing in mind that all of the varied subjects were developed by human beings only, can we integrate the different streams and make education system both enjoyable and enlightening ?

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