Education: to guide the students
The principal goal of education is to create individuals who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done.
Our school systems need to change according to the pace of the world. Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, ‘We cannot build the future for our youth—but we can build our youth for the future.’ It is our duty to do whatever we can to help our students connect learning with real life and to provide them with the necessary skills to prepare them for success. In the past, the concept of education was to master the ‘Three Rs’ (reading, writing, and arithmetic). But in the modern day ‘flat world’, the ‘Three Rs’ have changed into ‘Four Cs’. Today students want to compete in this global society; however, they must also be proficient communicators, creators, critical thinkers, and collaborators (the ‘Four Cs’). Our education system must simultaneously prepare citizens of tomorrow while equipping our students with the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in a rapidly changing economy and society. Students should be encouraged to challenge themselves at new levels and in new experiences, as well as to prepare themselves for future choices in their lives and in their communities.
Modern education system must change according to the need of the hour. For that schools and educators should prepare themselves for accepting the new trends in the education field. New education system must focus on the new trends such as –
a. Character Education
b. Critical Thinking
c. Collaborative learning
e. Differentiated learning
f. Digital education
g. Inquiry based learning, etc
Character education is a teaching method which fosters the development of ethical and responsible individuals by teaching them about the good values that people should have. It teaches students values of caring about other people, honesty, responsibility, and other important traits that make for an upright citizen. Young people these days get exposed to literally thousands of negative influences through the media and their peers every day; add to this the sad fact that parents are spending less time with their children. Students need to know how to handle these pressures and character education will give them the tools that they need.
Teaching critical thinking and problem solving effectively in the classroom is vital for students. Learning critical thinking leads students to develop other skills, such as concentration, deeper analytical abilities, improved thought processing, etc.
Collaboration is a natural part of life and should be included in the curriculum. Collaborative learning is designed to help students ‘play well with others’, as many of us learned in the kindergarten. This is highly valued by our school system.
Constructivism in Learning
Instead of giving a lecture, teachers according to this theory function as facilitators whose role is to aid the students when it comes to their own understanding. This takes away focus from the teacher and lecture and puts it upon the students and their learning.
It asks teachers to know their students well so they can provide each one with experiences and tasks that will improve learning. Differentiation means tailoring instruction to meet individual needs. Differentiated instruction is an approach to teaching in which educators actively plan for students’ differences so that all students can learn best.
Digital education is fun learning for all cadres and particularly effective for child learning as the innovative audio-video feature boosts the cognitive elements in a child’s brain. The INFO-TAINMENT combination involved in digital learning makes it more practical, applicable and relatable to our life and surroundings in an interesting manner.
Inquiry based learning
Inquiry based learning is a form of active learning that starts by posing questions, problems or scenarios, instead of just presenting the facts, to help students learn through their own agency and investigation. An old adage states: ‘Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I understand.’ The last part of this statement is the essence of inquiry-based learning. Inquiry implies involvement that leads to understanding. Furthermore, involvement in learning implies possessing skills and attitudes that permit you to seek resolution to questions and issues while you construct new knowledge
Educators must know about their students and should understand every student can learn just not on the same day or the same way. So educators should actively plan for students and help them improve their skills.
Shani K I, M Com & B Ed, is presently working as Academic Coordinator at the IDC English Higher Secondary School, Thrissur in Kerala. She has been an avid blogger and has also worked as a Special Educator at the Ideal Academy, Perinjanam. He believes ‘in lifelong learning and the constant need to upgrade ones skills to meet the needs of the ever challenging society. As an educator, each successful year I feel a strong sense of achievement and satisfaction which give me immense pleasure and motivation to set goals and strive hard to achieve them’.