Change is the basic law of nature. But the changes wrought by the passage of time affects individuals and institutions in different ways.
Needless to say, the pandemic has transformed the centuries-old, chalk-talk teaching model to one driven by technology. This disruption in the delivery of education is pushing educationists to devise ways to drive engagement while ensuring inclusive e-learning solutions. Thus, a multi-thronged strategy is needed to tackle the crisis and charter out a robust education system for long term use.
The modern-day student who is born in a world where tech is not a novel thing, the new form of learning architecture will no longer be the disruption but become a part of creation with enormous benefits. Hence leaving the past and embracing what future has for us, we must let this revolutionary shift become the core around which learning transforms itself to become more active, immersive, participative, creative, adaptive and personalized. The New Education Policy 2020 also aims at education that is more holistic, flexible, multidisciplinary and suitable to meet the demands of futuristic citizen and to bring out unique talents in each of them. With diluted boundaries of separation between Arts & Sciences, Curricular & Co-curricular activities, Vocational & Academic streams children have privilege of liberal choices of subjects and courses. At higher education levels too, progressive reforms to offer creative combination of subjects and courses with flexible curricular structures would ensure higher standard of multidisciplinary education. Such practices should eliminate the proverbial chalk-talk teaching models for good.
However, what Maria Montessori had said in the last century has become more relevant in today’s time that “Education cannot be effective unless it helps a child open up himself to life”. Today academic excellence alone cannot guarantee a successful and happy future of a child. Hence, preparing young children for the rigours of adulthood is not limited to fostering reading, writing but inculcating in them the four C’s of Critical thinking, Creativity, Collaboration and Creativity.
So, the expectations from schools in terms of giving guidance on many fronts have increased manifold. There is a developing need for schools to integrate activities that ensure pursuit for a healthy body, mind and spirit. A healthy lifestyle is the bedrock for all other success. When our kids are healthy, they achieve. Hence a lot of stress is laid on optimum physical activity and making sports an indispensable part of the curriculum. Reinforcing physical, social, emotional, moral, spiritual and aesthetic development is pivotal for any student’s general ‘well-being.’
An education system that aids a child in comprehending his self, emotions and mental duress while teaching him how to develop resilience and team work is the purposeful learning needed in the current times. Dreaming of a world of wholesome learning addressing quest for education, health and well-being is not a far-fetched dream but an affordable reality.