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Educational reforms: Need of the hour
In the pre-modern world, the society was highly rigid and education played a limited role. Children of farmers became farmers, and those of merchants became merchants, and the same was true for menial labourers. Royals, aristocrats and their children had privileges beyond the reach of common people.

Education was meant only for the priestly elite who assisted the king in making rules for the people, and others were artists who depended on royal patronage. Therefore, the educational scenario depended on the interests of the king. But in the modern world, this system came to an end.

Our modern educational system is an evolving system. It began in Europe as a series of individual government policies during the Industrial Revolution. Today, each country has a unique educational scenario, shaped by the history, culture and governmental policy of the country. Education has always been important, and today it has become the ultimate determiner of individual fate — through education, one can rise in the ranks of the society, and one who lacks it is often thrown into poverty and oblivion.

In India, there are many schools which do not have a laboratory, a library or a playground, and this is much truer in the case of government-run schools. These schools are run on socialist lines, in which the employees of the school, including the teachers, are paid whether they do the work sincerely or not.

On the other hand, private-run schools are run on capitalist lines, in which the employees must work sincerely for their living. But schools run with less capital are not much better than government-run schools.  Aside from that, full-fledged schools with labs, libraries and playgrounds charge extremely high fees. Moreover, overcharging and unethical practices like 'donations' are quite rampant in many private schools. Capitalists run educational institutions like business firms, ignorant of their importance.

Also, there is pressure on the students due to the presence of electronic media and internet. Youth tend to focus on entertainment offered by the media than on gathering information from them. Moreover, capitalists tend to invest in entertainment, because it guarantees them profits. As a result, the youth are distracted from education, and even grown-ups are distracted from work. In this world of communication technology, no one seems to know how media ought to be used. It is strange that there is no subject such as "The Constructive Uses of the Internet and Electronic Media" in our curricula to help our students use their gadgets wisely.

Moreover, not much importance is given in schools to arts such as music, dance, painting, cookery, etc. Most schools do not consider them important and do not include them in their curricula. Parents also discourage their children from giving importance to them, fearing that they would neglect the demands of formal education.

Meanwhile, there is a small community of people in our country who have chosen to home-school their children, discouraged by the artificial environment of the formal schools. They believe that they have all the resources for their children's education. But in home-schooling, the children are deprived of peers.

Hence, the educational system of the future should be based on collective socialism, in which volunteers/organisations should set up libraries, laboratories and playgrounds in all schools, educate the youth on how to handle technology, set up schools of art for the artistic development of children, form home-schoolers' unions to help the home-schooled children have peers, and do everything else they can to make the future brighter for the children.

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