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Mitraputra
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education system need to be changed

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Started: 11/23/2013 Category: Education
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Inkarik

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Today we have hundreds of thousands of schools and colleges and almost around 300-400 Universities across the country that churns out thousands of Graduates and Post Graduates every year. How many of them actually get a job that justifies their skills, ability and knowledge? I would say very few. The reason behind such a sorry state of affairs is that our education system focuses more on reciting and learning the text than identifying and developing the skills of students. The brilliance and intelligence of a student is measured in terms of percentage and grades and very little emphasis is given on the interest, skills and learning ability of a student.
The first education should be to make students adept at life skills. Free thinking, creativity and innovating ideas should be encouraged. They should be molded on the foundation of these skills, creative thinking and innovative ideas that will serve them in the longer run. They should be taught to be socially aware of their duties and responsibilities as a citizen of the country. There is no point being educated if one doesn't know his duties and rights and is not socially aware. It's only through a sound education system that we can emerge as a strong and developed nation.
Mitraputra

Con

I agree to the fact that people need to be aware of social responsibilities and duties, but then the thing is a person is himself responsible for growing into a dutiful and lawful citizen, education system has a much less significance in that matter. An education system is to encourage the personal development of a child through the time of adolescence and youth but it cannot be solely held responsible for whether a child grows up to be an honest hardworking human being or a sociopath, the maturation process is influenced by so many other factors such as parentage, society and mostly on the persons perspective of life.
As for your first argument about creativity and innovation I have to say that these qualities have nothing to do with education... William Shakespeare never received much of a formal education in his youth, wouldn't you consider him a creative and innovative person. Famous Indian mathematician Ramanujan is another example.
In the famous Walt Disney movie Ratatouille it is said that Not every one can be a great artist but a great artist can come from anywhere. I must say I completely agree with this. An education system would be similar for everyone, some of the people would be great others not so great, its completely up to the person and his/her perspective of what he/she decides to make of life.
Then as for your question about proper job, it is always a matter of competition, you must realize that if the education system is changed as a whole, it would be for everyone, the proportion of people getting proper job remains the same though, hence it hardly matters in terms of the number of people placed with a proper job.
Debate Round No. 1
Inkarik

Pro

In some case you are right. But the world is changing, and at ever accelerating rates. And the shiny baubles that novelty and commerce provide are increasingly being designed to be "sticky" or addictive. If education is to capture the attention of children, and persuade them of the value of what we know, what we have, where we"ve come from, and who we are, then it must compete with the increasingly effective seductions of commercial offerings. Assuming that just because we can hold students captive for six hours a day, 180 days a year, for 12 years is enough to allow us to brainwash them into appreciating the riches or our society is, in my view, a short-sighted and foolish view. Instead, I believe that education must compete for attention, not just for enforced time, and the only way we can do that is to seduce students into a state of fascination with what the wider world has to offer. As I say when I"m invited to speak to groups of students, we adults have perpetrated a cruel hoax on you: we"ve convinced you that learning is an intolerably boring process that you have no choice but to endure, when the reality is that learning is the most fun you can have with your clothes on.
We need to change that. Today"s students are, in my view, smarter, hipper, more skeptical, and less likely to believe propaganda than any other generation in history. They know that no matter what the school system tells them, the odds of them needing, wanting, or using most of the crap we teach them is vanishingly small once they leave their formal education. And yet, there are things that they will need to know that we"re not teaching them, and there are things they would love to know if we could present them in a way that doesn"t bore than pants off them. And as far as I can see, the only way we can seduce students into loving education is if we approach that education by appealing to those things that the individual students themselves are passionate about. We have to stop teaching the curriculum, and start teaching the individual " each individual, every single individual, and teach them as individuals, with unique interests and abilities. We have to stop teaching Mr. Smith"s grade 11 English class, Ms. Phansalkar"s grade 9 geometry class, or most of the groupings that assume that 25 kids are all the same simply because that makes education simple for us (and excruciatingly boring for them). And I don"t see any way that our current education system can achieve the level of interest or seduction necessary to compete with the enthralling, but shallow, offerings of commerce and society.
But it can"t be the same old education. It has to be education that emphasizes our human talents and abilities, our creativity and our ability to improvise and innovate. Skills training in most fields, with a few exceptions, will become obsolete at faster and faster rates. We will, instead, need to fall back on those things that are uniquely human, like art, teamwork, leadership, empathy, understanding, creativity, ingenuity, and all of the deeper aspects of human life and society. Computers, robots, and cheaper competition from abroad will take everything else.
Mitraputra

Con

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Debate Round No. 2
Inkarik

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Mitraputra

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Debate Round No. 3
Inkarik

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Mitraputra

Con

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Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by diogomsc2014 3 years ago
diogomsc2014
Needs to be changed
Posted by Scy 3 years ago
Scy
I could accept your challenge but I think the country or location where education needs to be changed is really crucial in this argument
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