It is a matter of great concern that mere plastering of facts and figures of various subjects on the minds of students is being done in most institutions. Unfortunately, teachers are mistaking information imparting as teaching and students' acquisition of information as learning.
Some of the most common voiced concerns about the current teaching method in the classroom go as follows.
- The main issue in education is how to use the knowledge and information for making students think; to respond with sensitivity to others; and to develop a sense of values among them.
- The subject matter must provide food for the mind, i.e., thinking, imagining, expressing, modifying, etc., which is not being done in educational institutions.
- Good teaching promotes the activity of the mind; bad teaching is mechanical and lifeless.
- Intolerant use of abstractions mechanically in teaching is the major vice of the intellect. In teaching, a sense of values, sensitivity and the right personal attitudes are equally important.
- Questioning and dialoguing have a special value, they train the mind. A teacher’s question can play on a child’s mind spurring it to become independent, enterprising and perhaps creative.
- Knowledge is not the sole end of teaching; because it is that students master their subjects with understanding and utilize knowledge through application which matters.
- It requires a good deal of faith ad hard work to put information in the second place and learning in the first, to have patience to let the student's mind grow through thinking and understanding.
- Even so called good teachers are more concerned with what the students must know and how their faculties must be trained rather than pupils’ sense of values and their knowledge of good and evil.
All in all, under the present system of education, students are being made to cram information and are not educated. The test of a successful education is not the amount of knowledge take-away from the educational institutions but their appetite to knowledge and awakened capacity to learn. And, this not happening in educational institutions despite the latest reform called 'continuous and comprehensive evaluation'.
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