Our Education Prepare Us for Jobs, Is that True?

The author of The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, Sir Ken Robinson, is the radar speaker who worked a lot of people into a tizzy in Long Beach, California at last week’s TED Conference.

He talked there about our education systems that by creating test-taking automatons, these education systems are steering kids away from their passions who we think will become working stiffs rather than visionary thinkers, innovators or creators.

MediaPost name-dropped him also, writing that he concludes that most of us are being prepared to work jobs which will give us no satisfaction. Instead of catering to the individual students’ talents who think differently, it forces all to live up to a cookie cutter standard.

I guess he’d be excited by the efforts of Texas-based designers, Austin, who is trying to inject creativity back into the curriculum of local schools, which Rob Stokes wrote about last month.

I am hoping for the good folks at TED to post his talk from last week.

Environmental Education History continues to make by Obama

A federal education budget involves funding for environmental education, for the first time ever. President Obama is making history with his proposed 2011 Education Budget and environmental allies, like the 50 million member strong No Child Left Inside coalition, are cheering.

In the budget sub-section called “A Well-Rounded Education”, the environmental focus can be found.  It proposes $265 million dollars to support five subjects listed as important to a complete curriculum.  Environmental literacy is one among them; therefore schools may finally receive funding to educate children on the impact of greenhouse gases, what happens to trash thrown on the ground after it rains and how to recycle.

Also the amount budgeted is not the end-all be-all of funding, legislators committed to environmental education like Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed, are giving President Obama credit for putting the issue on the table.

Reed says that this budget takes a vital step toward boosting environmental education in the classroom and giving more children the opportunity to get out and learn about the natural world around them.

Still, this 2011 Budget needs to be approved by Congress, meaning the historic funding environmentalists are so excited about may end up getting the axe.

What are the major drawbacks in Education Systems in India?

Education is only the light in the human society that motivates us to reach a level of liveliness. In my opinion education is the first need of people after food. Providing compulsory and primary education to all the children of our country has now become a fundamental right. Today, it has been so advanced without proper education but with just education, a person or a society will not be able to dance in sync with movement of the present time.

In India, currently more than half of the students being hailed from lower and middle income class families, students would like to take a job just after graduation or masters.

•    They are loaded with family responsibilities over their shoulders.
•    Having insecure feelings about jobs that grips their minds and limits their goals
•    Gaps of two or more than two years study break due to jobs in MNCs, sometimes affect their educational carrier
•    Even though such jobs help those students to support their families, there are loses in future national perspective

So, scholarships and grants should help in motivating students to pursue higher education. Example, India does not have an advanced enrichment and reprocessing (ENR) technology till today in nuclear field to able to scale up to massive commercial proportions.

Many Intelligent Indians are moving to the west in search of better opportunities and facilities. If they are provided their needs and requirements, it is not just money but an environmental satisfaction with proper infrastructures.

But why not excellence will prevail in education system in India? We need to think about it seriously.

What includes in Higher Education in India?

We all know that the education in India is the best way to upward social mobility. High education is a stepping stone to a high flying career. On one side, we have many schools in India that do not have the basic infrastructure whereas on the other side, we have IITs and IIMs that are the best institutes in the world. We are still far away from the goal of universal literacy even after more than 50 years after independence.

Higher Education system in India
– After the 12th standard, higher education in India starts. It takes 3 years for completing a B.Sc, B.A or B.Com pass or honors degree from a college in India, five years for a bachelor of medicine or bachelor of law degree and an engineering course take four years. Generally, Postgraduate courses are of two years duration. Some courses such as Master of Computer Application (MCA) take 3 years. Students those who cannot afford or don’t have time to attend regular classes, can pursue correspondence courses from various distance learning institutes or Open Universities in India.

Key players in the India’s Higher Education System – The University Grant Commission of India is giving agency in the country and also determining, coordinating and maintaining the standards in higher education’s institutions. Many professional types of council are there apart from the UGC, for recognizing courses, promoting professional institutes and for providing grants to undergraduate programs.

There are some the statutory professional councils of India - Distance Education Council (DEC), All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Bar Council of India (BCI), Indian Council for Agriculture Research (ICAR), Medical Council of India (MCI), National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI), Indian Nursing Council (INC), Pharmacy Council of India (PCI), Dentist Council of India (DCI), Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) and Central Council of Homeopathy (CCH).

Therefore, students from various parts of the world are coming today for higher education in India.