Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Taare Zameen Par

Most of us have seen “Taare Zameen Par” this post was supposed to come out then but better late than never. The meaning the movie is trying to bring to the fore cannot be over emphasized. It has been my observation since the beginning, that we are really good at praising things but really bad at learning from them. Be it a great lecture by APJ Abul Kalam, an appeal from Dr. Manmohan Singh, an act of resilience by Medha Patkar, a movie of Shahrukh Khan or by Amir Khan. There is so much left to be desired with regards to this issue but I am afraid that all the reviews I get from my peers and others restrict themselves to the acting part and the emotional outburst they had. I fear the crux is getting lost somewhere amidst the laurels.

The movie shows how a child suffering from dyslexia is a genius in his own right. It deals with the problems the boy faces and how a school teacher helps him emerge. The movie emphasizes on how without the help of the teacher, the talent of the protagonist would have waned away into oblivion.
I think the scope of this problem is not confined to children who suffer from disorders like dyslexia but rather extends to all the children who are living their lives unnoticed and bogged down by the one track education system.

Give a thought to one of the most sought after trait in today’s world and the word comes screeching out – CREATIVITY a major part of which entails thinking differently.The problem is that there are not enough people who can think differently because our educational system does not churn out such people owing to its old-fashioned ways of teaching. If nothing changes, Nothing changes. The system teaches best how to maintain the status -quo, follow orders, how to do things conventional way.

Economically speaking, even children are a kind of resources and we will get the competitive advantage by utilizing the best of what we have. Just imagine if instead of the small group responsible for innovation, we facilitate more and more people to innovate, think differently and do what they love.

Instead what essentially we are doing is converting these amazing resources into a machine which can do things the way they are already happening. But moving forward we don’t need machines, we have enough of them and probably with high levels of automation these resources will become redundant. We need people who can be radical, can think unconventional. We need people whose mind has not been corrupted by things they don't want to learn but are learning anyways out of compulsion.

Each child has its own liking and his but still we shove up to them the same stuff thinking it is best for them. How can “one size fits all” strategy work in education. Sir Ken Robinson gave a
TED talk in which he has explained why today’s educational system will not work for what we will face in future. It is an amazing talk and highly recommended for everyone.

"Every child is special" and every child has some thing or the other to contribute towards the development of the country and mankind. Effectiveness of the educational system should be measured by the extent to which it facilitates this contribution and not by the number of graduates it churns out every year.


Mj said...

On the contrary, one might argue that development of civilaztion and advancement of mankind is based purely on technological innovation and industries. For that to happen you require skilled Manpower.

Moreover, everyone is not so priveliged to pursue his/her dreams. There are socio-economic factors that play an important role in deciding your future.

All said and done, its up to the individuals ability to overcome all the above factors and pursue his/her dream

Yuvraj Singh said...


Thanks for your opinion.

Developement of civilization being totally based on technological developement is a thought which has been there since the Industrial Revolution and this is exactly what has shaped our educational system. The system "minds our minds" to think in that way. Education is meant to help us grasp the future of which we have no clue. The sheer unpredictability of future is tremendous and hence this notion is mistaken because - Degress aren't worth anything.

Even for technological innovation you need people to think creatively. Its that ability
we are sqandering.

Also people who are brilliant and talented think they are not because of our systems.

As mentioned by you "There are socio-economic factors that play an important role". Education is a social and economic issue. Its these socio-economic factors which have to be rethought.

US said...

I believe the core argument here should be value of creativity.

Dan Pink (author of "A whole new mind") makes a strong point for creativity. For him we have moved from agriculture, to industrial, to information, and now into a conceptual age.

Similar argument is made by Joseph Pine in a recently published TED talk. He traces the journey of progression of economy from commodities, to goods, to services and now to 'Experiences'.

Both Pink and Pine have points on where things are progressing. Dyslexic or not, importance of creativity's is on the rise!