Think of education where there would be no grades or marks, but creativity would be in abundance. Education is often focused on isolation and not on integration. Allow me to quote an example:
I topped in Mathematics in the tenth board exam, but not in the twelveth. I flunked in the same subject in the second semester of my Engineering course. As I analyze this swing of from being a topper to a failure, I feel that till the 10th grade, I had an integrated approach in which learning involved correlation, analogy and collaboration with peers. A problem was solved keeping an outcome in mind that was beyond marks. This practice is very difficult for parents to comprehend with those who believe and like to look into isolation. Let us take the example of me topping in Mathematics. Does it make me a great Mathematician? Will I be seen as a scholar like, Ramanujan? What about the other subjects? Can a topper flunk in his favorite course?
Educational institutions have the capacity and capability to offer the integration. This demands all the ‘Educators’ to shed the specialization and the experts tag and then work together.
For example, two or more teachers need to come together and integrate the learning through a continual project. I know it’s hard to prepare oneself and the students, as well. However, let’s not forget that courses in isolation have never helped in the engineering course or any other graduation course for that matter. Unfortunately, the courses have been exhaustive in nature, lacking joy in learning. This has continued to reflect in the number of drop outs, failures, unemployed and also challenges, to lead an integrated life. You see the ripple effect from the isolation.
There are few things we do with integration, like the food we consume. It comes through a lot of integration. We wouldn’t agree to consume in isolation. I hope you are able to get a bigger picture on isolation and integration. The more we could explore to integrate, the more we will see the joy of being born. Exploring isn’t just about discovering, but it is about enjoying every moment of the process. This integration doesn’t have any tag of religion or beliefs. It is not from the parents point of view, but from the point of view of the child. It’s not an investment to ask for a return, but it’s an expense. It is not an expense for your desire, but it is an investment for the child’s desire.
By the way, I agree with some of the readers who do not agree with me and those who believe in holistic development in isolation.
So the question is –
Santa Santosh Avvannavar
Credit: Thank you Mrs. Shobana Sagar Patil for proof reading the article