Of late, there has been much hue and cry about the degenerating standards of education. Tackling this problem has been engaging the attention of educators for many decades.
Fortunately, developments in the fields of ‘educational technology’, ‘teaching behaviour’, and ‘educational psychology’ have paved the way for rapid improvement in teaching techniques.
The curriculum framed by the Department of Education in Tamil Nadu satisfies the demands of experts in the field of education. A student of today is better informed than those in the past in all the phases of education, mainly due to the pressure of the explosion of knowledge. When such is the case, complaints of lowering standards of education is unreasonable. The learner should realise that the knowledge is power. The ultimate goal of education is not merely job-seeking. Instead of simply learning new facts, the learner must develops foresight and far-sight into any problem. The immediate is as important as the future.
Survival of the fittest
The learners should inculcate in themselves a sense of competitive spirit. The spirit of competition accelerates the growth of one’s intellect. Charles Darwin's theory of ‘survival of the fittest’ gives a warning to the younger generation.
Threat of a brain drain
Boosting the pass percentage in public examinations is important. But how this is achieved is important. Unless occurrences of malpractice are completely eradicated, the growth of our country is under jeopardy. There will be brain-drain, ultimately.
Teaching and learning are bipolar processes. Teaching becomes incomplete if the learning bas not taken place. Hence at each stage, the teacher should subject himself to frequent critical self-evaluation.
ln a class with good climate, more time is given to questioning, demonstrations, blackboard work and assignment work. The teacher should minimise the amount of time he or she is talking.
Dr. M. Rajaram, IAS is Secretary to Tamil Nadu Government, Tamil Development, Religious Endowments & Information Department