An Independent Thinking & Our Education
Social construction is based on three pillars, justice, liberty and education. Education is as important as justice and liberty is as it provides a positive conception to think, to grow, to live happily. But does the existing prevailing definition of education fulfil the purpose of education? Are our education systems creating the unbiased, unconditioned thinking in students who can think beyond the mechanical life?
If I have to answer, I will say NO....
The first and foremost aim of education is to develop independent thinking. What is independent thinking? A thinking of own, not conditioned are motivated by any social and political institution, When a child is not to be said to join this system of belief or that system of belief, when he is to be said to choose between systems of belief.
Our education is creating zombie which are no more than a technician. They are not able to think but they are made to think what their teacher, professor or Boss thinks. I am not saying that we should not learn from our professor or teachers but I am in opposition to the forced learning, created by the humiliation of students due to differences in interest. This forced learning in colleges provides no time for thinking; no time to know what their interests are. From admission to graduation, they get some tips of examination and facts. The most intelligent person at the end is disgusted with learning, longing only to forget it and escape into the life of action. Some of them become cynic. Soon, they are caught into economic machine and all their spontaneous desires are dried up.
There are some students who passively accept the teacher’s wisdom. As it seems easy to accept other’s thinking? They never think independently. They become the favourite one of the teachers. The disastrous result happens that the lack of independent thinking make them cripple as they always require someone to lead them. And these students get caught up in certain categories, communities and institution easily.
Our education seems to have a clandestine political motive, like to strengthen one particular group; to strengthen some particular beliefs which blocks the way of independent thinking. It is imparted in such a way to meet the need of money and some of us, who are not so concerned about any intellectual interest, are well suited in this education. But for one who has genuinely interested in intellectual deeds are severely suffered by this type of education and get rebuked for their disparity in their interest.
No doubt, our education is producing engineers and doctors. But just contemplate on the ratio of quality and quantity. Once some where I read,” do you think windows Xp was written in India? No, it was the ‘HELP’ files that were written in India.” Just contemplate about the money driven attitude, conditioned by the existing society and negligence of arts, spiritualism, and reverence. Do you not feel that it is lack of independent thinking?
We need happy life, more than a prosperous life. Our contemporary education is no doubt bringing a prosperous life but somehow I feel a happy life is overshadowed by our prosperity.