Why has education failed India?

Think about it. Has education changed India? Has education made us think? Has education prompted us to think ahead of our times? Has education created anything except engineers and doctors in our country?

Has education been unsuccessful in instilling humanity within us?

Here’s some more stuff to think about if you’re not sure of the answers to the above questions:

A woman is roughed up, photographed and flashed on the front page of a cheap vernacular newspaper for going out with her friends and having a good time.

Rape is probably the most googled word in the country.

Why is there still a strong sense of discontent at the birth of a girl child in the family?

Why is morality defined in such narrow terms in India and why is morality a larger issue when it comes to women?

Why is it that you can hangout with an open minded female friend or colleague, but when it comes to taking her home to your mother, you want a woman who stays at home, cooks meals and looks after your kids. Basically has no life of her own.

Why do I hear you chuckle every time I make sense? Why do I see you ignoring me every time I’m good at something?

Because education has failed at educating India. We know our tables well, we can spell better than anyone in the world, our grammar is perfect and yes, our history is altered, but all of this at the cost of a degrading society.

A society that has not bothered to keep up with the changing times. A society that is pulling us so far behind, that inflation is not an issue anymore. A society is so bothered by what others think, that it completely disrespects you.

We are so comfortable in our hideouts that we fail to see the light in progress. Progress in India means more money. It means a higher standard of living. It means you can buy more stuff to make your house look pretty, but nobody cares that it comes at the cost of deep internal deterioration.

Has education worked in India? Has it made any difference?

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6 thoughts on “Why has education failed India?

  1. I really appreciate this thought provocative blog,Hope Indians will read, and ,take steps to change internally,will look forward to bring in real change in the society.Now time has come to say”CHANGE WE NEED AT HOME”

  2. Excellent thoughts !!!Well written as always.
    Growing up, we were taught that literacy is the only candle that can illuminate our dark society.It’s been a rude awakening to see that “Education” did little to influence people’s rotten mindsets. Our so called increasingly educated and ever progressing society has somehow managed to carry their ancient baggage with them. I hope and pray for change, but fail to answer the question; If education couldn’t change us, What will ?????

    • I think it’s time we take it upon ourselves to show the older generation that they are setting us back in an effort to preserve their culture. Help them see that this is not a sign of disrespect or westernization, but a genuine effort to mobilize the society towards progress.

      Education has failed. A mild revolution at a personal level can be a good solution. But unfortunately, people don’t care enough to revolt. The Chalta hai attitude is what makes India a poor country.

  3. I think more than education itself, it is the education system and more importantly, the “educators” that have failed. Primary level school teachers are sadly not interested in anything else except repeating what is in the textbooks. They fail to realize that they have the chance to actually impart values to impressionable young minds. Education itself is a necessity without which, things would be worse than they already are. Teachers and educators need rigorous training. Instead of just making a child kneel down in front of the class when he/she is naughty, they need to talk to the child about the importance of being kind. Of course, even if radical changes take place at the school level, the students still need to be shaped at home, and that’s a whole other problem in its own way.

    • I completely agree with you. But I think the most important problem that has plagued us Indians is that we refuse to look beyond the obvious. We are so constricted in our view that it doesn’t occur to us that education isn’t just textbook, but it’s application. What bothers me is that we are all party to this. As kids we were never encouraged to do anything but studying. Indulging in sports, music and other mind opening activities were absolutely restricted. It’s not just the system, but the lack of an open mind thats taking us down.

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