Education to Build a Better Future for All
Francis Bacon observed on education “crafty men contemn studies, simple men admire them and wise
men use them, —-read not to contradict and confute, nor to believe and take granted, nor to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider.”
Much has been written, discussed and debated about the mess in which the education system has gravitated to. The curriculum followed has become stiff and pedantic, leaving hardly any scope for innovate learning.
Nothing perhaps weakens ones creativity more than the demands of conformity; a genius is born every
time one broke free. Fundamentals are important; there is no denying the fact. But then, for every grammatical rectitude, there is that poetic license.
Education, today, stifles creativity; chokes spontaneity and imagination. It has at best churned out millions of literates,unable to think.
At the basis of Lawrence’s concept of education is the development of ones individuality, which essentially is not a product, but a process till death.
Education should be such, which encourages children to think differently and let their imagination run riot, even to the point of absurdity. Order has always emerged from chaos, lucidity from insanity!
D.H. Lawrence, as an educator, displayed essential humanism and fierce opposition to ‘cerebral consciousness’, as institutionalized education, the world over has descended to. Education has coalesced into a mechanical life-
denying exercise of merely passing examinations and procuring certificates. Lawrence thought so, and his revolt against pedantic pedagogy is well known.
Several disturbing questions keep cropping up about education-its role ,or end, the way or method of dispensation
.Are teachers educating-a term essentially edifying in its aim and reach, or merely instructing how to succeed in the evaluation process?
If we want education to give a solid foundation for a successful future then it should stress more on understanding and less on learning. As Butler said “Learning is in too many cases, but a foil to common sense; a poor substitute for true knowledge. —- If we wish to know the force of human genius we should read Shakespeare. If we wish to see the insignificance of human learning we may study his commentators”.
Learning and education are too different things. Learning is a luxury; education a necessity. At the basis of Lawrence’s concept of education is the development of ones individuality, which essentially is not a
product, but a process till death. “Most of us tend to live uneducated lives, in spite of our education; for education is something we pass through, rather than gather.”(Santosh Desai)
For a better future, education needs to give students the freedom to think and speak, the freedom to make mistakes and learn from them, the freedom to dissent and discuss.
True education, “is the achievement of civilization, of people who have learned to discuss without blows or invective, who know that truth is hard to find and worth finding, who do not begin by accusing an opponent of wickedness, but elicit reason and patience by displaying them.” ~ Arthur Clutton Brock
Creativity has a greater chance of blossoming when one, so to say, thinks out of the box or breaks free from the straightjacket of syllabus and curriculum. Education should not only emphasize on developing these skills, but also modern pedagogy should propagate it. Life and nature are the greatest of teachers. Education to become
meaningful should leverage this strength to foster the growth of a certain degree of individuality and an inquisitive and analytical mind, rather than focus on a mass production of identical automations. Just like wealth, security, friendship and good health, undoubtedly provide a better future to each of us ,true education , provides one the stepping stone to the building of ones character , as well the edifice of knowledge to bank upon ,not necessarily when the going is good ,but more importantly , when adversity strikes. Bereft of this there can
be no good future .We may possess material wealth and comforts, but inner peace and happiness will be missing.
Only education can help inculcate this. True education, “is the achievement of civilization, of people who have learned to discuss without blows or invective, who know that truth is hard to find and worth finding, who do not begin by accusing an opponent of wickedness, but elicit reason and patience by displaying them.”- (Arthur
Clutton Brock). There is no doubt that education can help provide a better future to each of us, as it makes a person humble, not more proud .Socrates was famed for his wisdom, not because he was omniscient, but because he realized, at the age of seventy, that he knew nothing.