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Are elite schools imparting miseducation?
I was dismayed by the pictures of the celebration of Labour Day uploaded by some of the 'elite schools' on their Facebook pages on May 1. The pictures showed that the class-four employees of the school are being given gifts and children of rich parents competing in slogan writing and poster making to get prizes and applause.
When I asked a pedagogue friend of mine to comment on it, he said that the tokenism of the elite schools and organising competitive activities on special days was miseducation and leading to development of falsified consciousness among children.

"Had children been involved in doing cleaning activities and social service on this day, they would have understood the dignity of labour and would have got sensitized towards people who do manual work in the school. Organising 'shramdan' camp under the supervision of class-four employees would have been a better idea to acquire some of the manual skills with reverence and respect for such employees of the school," he suggested.

Explaining the term miseducation, he said that it pertain to ideas and attitudes being communicated by the institution to learners are distorted, faddish, show-offs and snobbish or done without analysis in the framework of what education ought-to-be. According to my pedagogue friend, miseducation is full of externalities by keeping the power structures in tact and distorting or trivializing the essential. Most elite schools are real culprits of miseducation by commoditising education and organising showy events, he opined.

He concluded that any activity done without linking to cognitive development and enhancement of thinking skills is done as a fad and show-off to result in miseducation. He advised that schools, instead of celebrating special day, do research about how best children learn and how best to teach them accordingly. Further, he suggested me to read the book titled "Miseducation" by David Elkind to get more enlightened on the subject.

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