School 2.0: Education Redefined
Our education system, which evolved during the industrial revolution has become outdated and ineffective. And if we want to prepare our children for the modern world, we need to redefine this system!
By Brother Jesuraj
There is a growing feeling that something is wrong with our education system today.
We send our children to schools to prepare them for the real world, which is rapidly evolving, but our schools haven’t changed much for hundreds of years. The current education system was designed during the industrial age, and the mentality of that age still runs deep in our education system.
We educate children by batches, where students spend considerable time following instructions and are even rewarded for doing so effectively. But today, the world, values people who can be creative, communicate their ideas and collaborate with others better.
We think this shift in thinking has to be instilled at a very young age by our educational institutions where children are given the space to manage their time, and make independent decisions on what to do and when to do it.
The head of school at Campus K and an all Indian best teacher awardee, Mr. Jesuraj, says that Campus K gives huge emphasis on real-world learning. From a young age, students gain an understanding of the economy, industries and careers. As part of the curriculum, every student at Campus K is exposed to 40-50 different real-world projects across various industries that develop 21st century skills like creativity, collaboration, communication, planning and goal-setting. He further iterates that Campus K students would encompass a resume with a notable compilation of projects, experiences and internships before they finish schooling.
The other major problem is that we have an extremely standardised system, where each child is expected to learn the same thing at the same time in the same way, like everyone else. It doesn’t account for the basic fact that each child is unique and different in their own way.
We all have our own dreams and interests, and a key to fulfillment is to find your passion. But do the schools of today help our children find their passion? it fails to address one of the most important questions in a child’s life: what am I good at? What do I want to do with my life?
To address this, Campus K brings about a paradigm shift in the approach to education by personalising learning and development for each and every child. Mr.Jesuraj proudly says that while other schools impose a common plan for an entire batch of students and do their best to make sure every student fits into that plan, Campus K provides an ecosystem which makes it possible for each child to have an individual plan to progress both academically and personally. He further adds that a child at Campus K is always evaluated based on his/her individual capabilities and this way every student would attain his/her true potential.
Our education system, which evolved during the industrial revolution has become outdated and ineffective, if we want to prepare our children for the modern world, if we want 'learning' to be effective and engaging, we need to fundamentally redefine our education system.
Brother Jesuraj is the head of school at Campus K and all India best teacher award from Pratibha Devisingh Patil.
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