Trends of contempoarary education by Dr. Nicholas Correa
Trends of Contemporary Education A session for the members Rotary Club At National Burns Centre on 30th July 2011 By Dr. Nicholas Correa Director, New Horizon Scholars School
Education is undergoing constant changes underthe effects of globalization.
The effect ofglobalizationon educationbrings rapiddevelopmentin technologyand communicationare foreseeing changeswithin learning systemsacross the worldas ideas,values andKnowledge.
It’s changing the roles of students andteachers, and producing a paradigm shift insociety from industrialization towards aninformation-based society.
It reflects the effect on culture and brings about anew form of cultural imperialism.
The rise of new culturalimperialism is shapingchildren,the future citizens of theworld into ‘globalcitizens’, with a broadrange of skills andknowledgeto apply to acompetitive, informationbased society.
Globalization andtechnologicaladvancements aredelivering andincreasing accessto the world andsubsequentlysubjects shouldreflect this globaloutlook.
“We face an unprecedented crisisof global dimensions,a social crisis and ecological crisis.I believe that they are linked andthat if we are to find solutions,those solutions will only come outof education and education of aparticular type”
“ We will find neither national purpose nor personalsatisfaction in an endless amassing of worldlygoods. We cannot measure national achievementsby GDP, since GDP includes air pollution, cigaretteadvertisement and ambulances to clear ourhighways after carnage. It counts special locks forour doors and jails for people who break them. GDPincludes destruction of redwoods and of LakeSuperior. GDP grows with the production of napalmand nuclear warheads. It does not include the healthof our families, the quality of their education, it isindifferent to the safety of our streets... In short,GDP measures everything except what makes lifeworthwhile.” R.F. Kennedy
Education across the world needsa immediate debate.Globalization on the one side andcareer based education on theother do not go hand in hand.Globalization runs at anaccelerating pace whereaschanges in the pattern ofeducation move at a snails speed.
The contemporary education isdominated by information technologyand communication.It stresses on facts and informationand to a certain extent on knowledgeand hardly anything on heart andwisdom.
In the contemporary education thehuman mind is a warehouse,schools, colleges and traininginstitutes are factoriesproducing one type of chocolates,tablets, vehicles, etc.
It gives you information andteaches you various competenciesand helps you to get a job butdoesn‟t help you how to live.It stresses on individualachievement.
Today, the education impartedto our children is almost solelylimited to what SriRamakrishna characterized as„education for bread andbutter‟.
Students are led to believe thatby developing the abilityto gather, store, and retrieve vast information,they stand educated.
According Rabindranath Tagorethe great educationist of India,“Education means enabling themind to find out the ultimatetruth…. Making truth its own andgiving expression to it.”
Students are led to believe that bydeveloping the ability to gather, store, andretrieve vast information, they standeducated.
Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and manyother super achievers never finishedgrade school. They succeededbecause they knew how to research,collect information for a selectedproject and process knowledge.Classroom environment does notwork that way, it focuses on thecollection of knowledge without aclear purpose, other than high-classgrades
Someone onceapproached BlaisePascal, thefamous Frenchphilosopher and said,“If I had your brains, Iwould be a betterperson.”Pascal replied, “Be abetter person and youwill have my brains.”
WHY WE HAVE SOMANY TEMPLES ,IF GOD ISEVERYWHERE ?A WISE MAN SAID :AIR IS EVERYWHERE,BUT WE STILL NEEDA FAN TO FEEL IT .
Education is beautifully described by Khalil Gibran in his book ‘The Prophet’- “And a woman who held a babe against her bosom said. Speak to us of Children. And he said: Your children are not your children,They are sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you.
And though they are with youyet they belong not to you.You may give them your lovebut not your thoughts.For they have their own thoughts.You may house their bodies but not their souls,For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,Which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.You strive to be like them,but seek not to make them like you.For life goes not backward nor tarries withyesterday.
You are bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, And he bends you with his might that his arrows may go swift and far. Let your bending in the archers’ hand be for gladness;For even as he loves the arrow that flies,so he loves also the bow that is stable.”