>On my flight from Mumbai to Coimbatore (that is where I am right now) I was just thinking about the Indian education system. I am specifying India only cause I know about it, while other countries I am not so acquainted with. I feel it totally lacks courage. It seems like a syllabus made by scared people.

They want the kid to get knowledge before any life experience! Students are made to learn umpteen number of things they can’t possibly care about and then and only then are they asked to go out and get experience. I see sense when somebody is into some area of work and then they want to learn more so they go to school, to learn from people who have some knowledge.

This is the approach I plan to take as a photographer. I plan to get all involved in it. I am just gonna shoot and hopefully I will get some work also. Through work (freelance assignments) I can explore new stuff and try different things!

After doing some amount of photography on my own, if I went for a course, then I would know how to make the best of the class. Understand the professor (if he is any good) much better and ask him the right questions. Without any prior experience of photography doing this would not be possible.

In schools however students without any practical experiences are expected to know all kinds of facts and figures for years! This way the understanding that students will develop about the subject will only be very little! It makes students think more about their degrees and qualifications rather than about their work, skills and passions.

If you tell them to just go and work on something completely new…. DUH! They usually won’t know where the hell to start cause they will expect some teachings or specific instructions to begin with.

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  • >I partially disagree with what you say .. It is true that a person should learn what interests him but what he learns in school, "the facts and figures" you call them, is no way insignificant. Not all at least.And it is not the learnings at school but parental pressures that make them take degrees and qualification far more seriously!

  • >You have a point….our education focuses too much on 'retention' and too little on 'understanding'. The best example is the business school sector, where you can enroll right after you finish graduation. One of the more ridiculous aspects of our education system.Cheers,Quirky Indian

  • >@Amit I don't mean to say everything taught is unnecessary, I just think that the manner in which it is taught simply does NOT yield best results! It would make a lot more sense if the kid has practical knowledge for a lot of the subjects.@QI Yea.. understanding would sprout when the kids have some practical experience.