Schooling ke side effects(a.k.a why my daughter doesn’t deserve school)
When I was 5 years old, my
mother always told me that
happiness was the key to life.
When I went to school, they asked
me ...
Drunk for a penny
Dead drunk for
twopence
Clean straw for
nothing
“
”
England in 1800 vs The Stone AgeEngland in 1800 vs The Stone AgeEngland in 1800 vs The Stone Age
Material Lifestyle Englan...
24.3%of World GDP
Let all that’s Indian within you die.“
”
We must at present do
our best to form a class
of persons Indian in
blood and colour, but
English in tastes, in
opinions, ...
A familiar pattern(destruction, conversion, education)
School propagates the same injustice
Imagination is the source of
every form of human
achievement.And it's the
one thing that I believe we
are systematically
j...
Bells and Cells- Aarti Rajaratanam
Education = Job
Really?
26 million births(at a minimum, per year)
Most will go to school under
Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan
(96.5%)
389
Universities
14,169 Colleges
1,500 Research
Institutes
3,500,000 Graduates
850, 000 Post Graduates
(per year)
(per yea...
Second Largest
pool of scientists and engineers in the world
Second Largest
pool of trained doctors
17 million enrolments into higher education
(in 2012)
450,000 jobs(per year in the best years of economic growth - 2009/2011)
Small IT Shops
30,000
MNC/ IT Companies
50,000
Going Abroad for Studies
20,000
Approximate hiring numbers per year
70%engineering graduates
remain unemployed
30%remain unemployed a year
from graduation date
Most are notin Engineering jobs
Youth Unemployment - 10.5%
93%unorganised workforce(labourers, owner manned general stores, handicrafts and handloom workers, rural traders, farmers,...
52%are farmers
The Side Effects
1. English Rules the World
2.West is Best
ackward
and PrimitiveB3.
4. Invention of
Failure
School forcibly snatches away
children from a world full of God’s
own handiwork …It is
a mere method of discipline which
r...
You do it my way, by my
standards, at the speed I
mandate, and in so doing achieve a
level of output I ordain, and I’ll pa...
5. Forget initiative, just conform
6. Consume! It’s awesome.
7. Be fiercely competitive
8. Environment is an externality
The great purpose of school can be
realized better in dark, airless, ugly
places. It is to master the physical self,
to tr...
9. Eew! Working with hands?
Real freedom will come
only when we free
ourselves of the
domination of Western
education,Western
culture, and the Western...
So whatdo I want?
Dearest Avni,
1.Enjoy your childhood and grow organically
Dearest Avni,
1.Enjoy your childhood and grow organically
2.Develop a respect for nature
Dearest Avni,
1.Enjoy your childhood and grow organically
2.Develop a respect for nature
3.Experience the dignity of labour
Dearest Avni,
1.Enjoy your childhood and grow organically
2.Develop a respect for nature
3.Experience the dignity of labour
4.Build resp...
1.Enjoy your childhood and grow organically
2.Develop a respect for nature
3.Experience the dignity of labour
4.Build resp...
1.Enjoy your childhood and grow organically
2.Develop a respect for nature
3.Experience the dignity of labour
4.Build resp...
1.Enjoy your childhood and grow organically
2.Develop a respect for nature
3.Experience the dignity of labour
4.Build resp...
1.Enjoy your childhood and grow organically
2.Develop a respect for nature
3.Experience the dignity of labour
4.Build resp...
1.Enjoy your childhood and grow organically
2.Develop a respect for nature
3.Experience the dignity of labour
4.Build resp...
1.Enjoy your childhood and grow organically
2.Develop a respect for nature
3.Experience the dignity of labour
4.Build resp...
1.Enjoy your childhood and grow organically
2.Develop a respect for nature
3.Experience the dignity of labour
4.Build resp...
A journey. Not a Formula.
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Why my daughter doesn't deserve school

  1. 1. Schooling ke side effects(a.k.a why my daughter doesn’t deserve school)
  2. 2. When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.- John Lennon “ ”
  3. 3. Drunk for a penny Dead drunk for twopence Clean straw for nothing “ ”
  4. 4. England in 1800 vs The Stone AgeEngland in 1800 vs The Stone AgeEngland in 1800 vs The Stone Age Material Lifestyle England c.1800 Forager Societies Calories Per Day 2322 2340 Protein per day (g) 48 61 Male Height 67” 66.5” Male work hours per day 8.5 5.9 Life Expectancy at Birth 38 33 Life Expectancy at 20 34 39
  5. 5. 24.3%of World GDP
  6. 6. Let all that’s Indian within you die.“ ”
  7. 7. We must at present do our best to form a class of persons Indian in blood and colour, but English in tastes, in opinions, in morals and in intellect. -Macaulay’s Minute on Education “ ”
  8. 8. A familiar pattern(destruction, conversion, education)
  9. 9. School propagates the same injustice
  10. 10. Imagination is the source of every form of human achievement.And it's the one thing that I believe we are systematically jeopardising in the way we educate our children and ourselves. - Sir Ken Robinson “ ”
  11. 11. Bells and Cells- Aarti Rajaratanam
  12. 12. Education = Job
  13. 13. Really?
  14. 14. 26 million births(at a minimum, per year)
  15. 15. Most will go to school under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (96.5%)
  16. 16. 389 Universities 14,169 Colleges 1,500 Research Institutes 3,500,000 Graduates 850, 000 Post Graduates (per year) (per year) 550,000 Engineers (per year)
  17. 17. Second Largest pool of scientists and engineers in the world
  18. 18. Second Largest pool of trained doctors
  19. 19. 17 million enrolments into higher education (in 2012)
  20. 20. 450,000 jobs(per year in the best years of economic growth - 2009/2011)
  21. 21. Small IT Shops 30,000 MNC/ IT Companies 50,000 Going Abroad for Studies 20,000 Approximate hiring numbers per year
  22. 22. 70%engineering graduates remain unemployed
  23. 23. 30%remain unemployed a year from graduation date
  24. 24. Most are notin Engineering jobs
  25. 25. Youth Unemployment - 10.5%
  26. 26. 93%unorganised workforce(labourers, owner manned general stores, handicrafts and handloom workers, rural traders, farmers, etc)
  27. 27. 52%are farmers
  28. 28. The Side Effects
  29. 29. 1. English Rules the World
  30. 30. 2.West is Best
  31. 31. ackward and PrimitiveB3.
  32. 32. 4. Invention of Failure
  33. 33. School forcibly snatches away children from a world full of God’s own handiwork …It is a mere method of discipline which refuses to take into account the individual…a manufactory for grinding out uniform results. I was not a creation of the schoolmaster: the Government Board of Education was not consulted when I took birth in the world. - Rabindranath Thakur “ ”
  34. 34. You do it my way, by my standards, at the speed I mandate, and in so doing achieve a level of output I ordain, and I’ll pay you handsomely for it, beyond anything you might have imagined. All you have to do is take orders and give up your way of doing the job for mine.- Frederick Winslow Taylor “ ”
  35. 35. 5. Forget initiative, just conform
  36. 36. 6. Consume! It’s awesome.
  37. 37. 7. Be fiercely competitive
  38. 38. 8. Environment is an externality
  39. 39. The great purpose of school can be realized better in dark, airless, ugly places. It is to master the physical self, to transcend the beauty of nature. School should develop the power to withdraw from the external world. - William Torey Harris, U.S. Commissioner of Education 1889-1906 “ ”
  40. 40. 9. Eew! Working with hands?
  41. 41. Real freedom will come only when we free ourselves of the domination of Western education,Western culture, and the Western way of living. - Mahatma Gandhi “ ”
  42. 42. So whatdo I want?
  43. 43. Dearest Avni,
  44. 44. 1.Enjoy your childhood and grow organically Dearest Avni,
  45. 45. 1.Enjoy your childhood and grow organically 2.Develop a respect for nature Dearest Avni,
  46. 46. 1.Enjoy your childhood and grow organically 2.Develop a respect for nature 3.Experience the dignity of labour Dearest Avni,
  47. 47. 1.Enjoy your childhood and grow organically 2.Develop a respect for nature 3.Experience the dignity of labour 4.Build respect for tradition and indigenous livelihoods Dearest Avni,
  48. 48. 1.Enjoy your childhood and grow organically 2.Develop a respect for nature 3.Experience the dignity of labour 4.Build respect for tradition and indigenous livelihoods 5.Gain mastery over all our family languages Dearest Avni,
  49. 49. 1.Enjoy your childhood and grow organically 2.Develop a respect for nature 3.Experience the dignity of labour 4.Build respect for tradition and indigenous livelihoods 5.Gain mastery over all our family languages 6.Pursue knowledge for its own sake Dearest Avni,
  50. 50. 1.Enjoy your childhood and grow organically 2.Develop a respect for nature 3.Experience the dignity of labour 4.Build respect for tradition and indigenous livelihoods 5.Gain mastery over all our family languages 6.Pursue knowledge for its own sake 7.Follow your passion without fear Dearest Avni,
  51. 51. 1.Enjoy your childhood and grow organically 2.Develop a respect for nature 3.Experience the dignity of labour 4.Build respect for tradition and indigenous livelihoods 5.Gain mastery over all our family languages 6.Pursue knowledge for its own sake 7.Follow your passion without fear 8.Question the status quo of the current world Dearest Avni,
  52. 52. 1.Enjoy your childhood and grow organically 2.Develop a respect for nature 3.Experience the dignity of labour 4.Build respect for tradition and indigenous livelihoods 5.Gain mastery over all our family languages 6.Pursue knowledge for its own sake 7.Follow your passion without fear 8.Question the status quo of the current world 9.Learn to work with others, not against them Dearest Avni,
  53. 53. 1.Enjoy your childhood and grow organically 2.Develop a respect for nature 3.Experience the dignity of labour 4.Build respect for tradition and indigenous livelihoods 5.Gain mastery over all our family languages 6.Pursue knowledge for its own sake 7.Follow your passion without fear 8.Question the status quo of the current world 9.Learn to work with others, not against them 10.Find challenges in life to drive your learning Dearest Avni,
  54. 54. 1.Enjoy your childhood and grow organically 2.Develop a respect for nature 3.Experience the dignity of labour 4.Build respect for tradition and indigenous livelihoods 5.Gain mastery over all our family languages 6.Pursue knowledge for its own sake 7.Follow your passion without fear 8.Question the status quo of the current world 9.Learn to work with others, not against them 10.Find challenges in life to drive your learning Dearest Avni, Love, Dada
  55. 55. A journey. Not a Formula.

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