I had always felt that our education does not promote original thinking, which is very detrimental to nation’s progress, as without it research can never be carried out!
A very simple reason so many students fail exams is because they copy their neighboring candidate’s answers verbatim. If teachers would only teach adequate language skills, then at least the students would alter sporadic words in their answers and the examiners would not be able to suspect copying and fail them.
This lack of language skills and original thinking have led to high dropout rates from high school, and can lead to further problems in the future when these students enter their active careers.
Read this newspiece:
Is it not high time we promote original thinking through education?
Of course, at the other end of the spectrum, we have students brimming with so much creativity and originality, and their answers would be so widely disparate, that examiners are left confused if the students were answering the same question!
Compare the two ‘stories’:
So, what we need as a nation to become a ‘super power’ is a fine balance between lack of creativity and its excess!
On a seriously serious note – imagine, possibly this kind of news-reporting passes off as journalism, based on which we build our outlook, and elect our governments; decide if a particular technology is good; and even, what to eat! Anywhere you see, and there are news and opinions.
Do you mind paying higher price for the delivered news, if their reliability is ensured through higher profit margins for the news agency, so that they would not be tempted into unethical practices?
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PS: Thanks Sudhir Kumar and WDM for the links!