We all start to think that good marks are a guarantee to good college, without thinking about the ultimate goal. Then when we get good marks, the next goal is to get an admission in a good college. And then a good job! But, do we hold ourselves once and think are we really happy? We get an answer, ‘you are happy. You might not be happy now, but this is like an investment for future happiness which is waiting for you once you have a lot of money.’ And then we start working towards it. We have been taught to feel happy when our future family will be happy which is directly proportional to money. I do not say that money is not important, but money is not everything! Education opens the mind and change the way we think. But then it is supposedto open our minds, right? At the same time why does it pose a compulsion to get good marks only!Our schooling does not leave us with time to get educated. Mark Twain once said that,"I have never let my schooling interfere with my education".
We measure knowledge by marks and not how much we understood. And when one scores less, we fall in a pit of self-criticism that we are not smart as if it is the end of the world! I have often seen my classmates becoming tense more because of the fear of getting scolded by the parents than because of the results.
We all have should bes’, Indian education needs serious reforms as it mainly focuses on the theoretical knowledge imparted to the students and has less to do with the practical knowledge which is very important from an application point of view. Reservation should not be based on caste; it should purely be on an economic basis in every competitive exam. Instead of bookish cramming, there should be more of an interactive teaching in the classroom as it will help to build up the confidence of the student.And so on. But does anyone of us really take an action against it? Do we really take election decisions so seriously and bother to go out and cast a vote? We try to find chances to criticize anything, we easily do it. But never try to find an opportunity to improve it.
We need to understand that whatever decisions we take in life will have an impact the most ones’ life and not others. Having said that, we all need to start taking the responsibility of the consequences that might come. We all escape from the consequences!
Written by Ashna Garg
Ashna grew up in a jazzy town (where she felt she can never fit in), did graduation in economics (where she didn’t fit either) and she writes (where she finally started to feel like she fits in).