The forgotten “why” in education

I still vividly remember the lesson in class 6, “curiosity killed the cat”, that taught us a moral lesson not to be curious. I also remember thinking how it was relevant to me because a) I was not a cat and b) I learnt a lot of things by asking questions! (So much so that my general punishment in class used to be to go 5 minutes without asking a question!)

Why do I broach the topic today? The whole of last week has been hectic, we had back to back training sessions at two schools. We were training them on the usage of RazorBee (the device from Ariem Technologies, where I work) to create their own audio/visual content by using Internet resources (images, videos, text etc.). Now, over the period of time we have evolved a method by which we can get them to effectively search for concepts on the internet (and belive me it is quite a skill, and I still have to bail teachers on certain tricky topics, but most of them do fine now) but presentation using audio/visual aids is a totally different ball game.

When you present a topic, with or without an aid – it shows three things:

1. Your knowledge on the topic

2. Your thought process while you put together the lesson

3. Obviously, your skill to engage the audience

What happened during our presentation session, left me reeling. Not so much because of their skill, most of them were good, but because most of them were not engaged – neither with the content nor with their audience. In my mind, the engagement with the content and the audience happens only when you have a natural curiosity to find and figure things out and then explain it with equal amount of gusto, where you raise the curiosity in the minds of the children, get them to question their knowledge, rake their brains a bit and then wait with abated breath as you demystify the solution! I didn’t see even one example of this kind of classroom delivery in the 100 odd presentations we did in the past one week.

That brings me back to the topic of the forgotten “why”. Looks like our teachers have forgotten the joy of learning and the natural curiosity to understand things that made them teachers in the first place. ICT or no ICT, teachers matter, what they teach the kids imprints in them forever. Even if it were just another job today, isn’t it ones duty to oneself to do it well? Information abounds today, it is teachers who can set the students in the quest of knowledge. I wonder….what we are teaching our kids?

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3 Responses to “The forgotten “why” in education”


  1. 1 Manix May 29, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    Nice post, Megha! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • 2 sree May 31, 2010 at 8:44 pm

      Hello,

      Thanks for your comment. But my name is not Megha just wondering if you were thanking the link passer or me 😉

      Sreeja


  1. 1 Defining the “new age” teacher « In Search of Meaning Trackback on May 31, 2010 at 8:51 am

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