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10 Hopes I Have for the Future of Education


August 3, 2017 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Raising a Parent


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As a parent whose child will soon be entering the formal education system, I have my hopes and concerns about the future of education in our country. As a blogger, I have a platform to talk about these thoughts. And with the Festival of Education, I have the opportunity to share these thoughts with the ones who are going to affect the future of education in our country – teachers, educationists, trustees, politicians, advocates, industry leaders, influencers and fellow parents.

The education my child receives will be the foundation for everything else in his life – his personality, his friendships, his career, his lifestyle. I am not an expert or an educationist, I am just a parent with hopes and wishes for this life-changing journey he is about to embark on.

 

10 Hopes I Have for the Future of Education:

1. I hope that education is not just about marks and grades, but about the overall development of the child’s personality and self-confidence

 

2. I hope that the pedagogy of the future will accommodate for students of all learning speeds, that no one should feel left behind like I myself often did when it came to mathematics

 

3. I hope that the classroom of the future looks different from the one I remember because learning doesn’t only happen on the blackboard. I hope teachers find ways to disrupt the traditional classroom and facilitate learning through innovative and fun techniques

 

4. I hope that the system nurtures and respects individuality, that my child is allowed to look beyond Arts, Commerce, Science if his passion lies in Sports, Theater, Music or anything else; that he is encouraged to explore and cultivate these interests

 

5. I hope that our children are prepared to live in an ever-shrinking global world, that they learn to respect and value cultures and diversity

 

6. I hope that education gears them to live in a time when technology is moving faster than biology, that they learn to apply technology for the benefit of humanity

 

7. I hope that they are prepared to live in a world where information is overflowing, where it is no longer about who knows what but about who knows how to access what information and how to apply relevant context to it. So it is no longer about rote learning but about empowering our children with the tools and techniques for intelligent application of information

 

8. I hope that my child is allowed to make mistakes and he is not afraid of failure; that he understands that it is ok to fail, to lose and the important thing is to bounce back from that

 

9. I hope that Sustainability is a core subject going forward. Children are our future and they need to understand that no progress can be made at the expense of nature and other members of our society

 

10. I hope education is not limited to school alone, that school is only the beginning. I hope that school fosters curiosity in my child so that he may continue to learn from everything and everyone around him. Nature is the best teacher we have after all.

 

Does this sound like a Utopian world? I sincerely hope not! What are some of your wishes for your child’s education? Share your thoughts in the Comments section below. Also do take a moment to read what Charu Gujjal of The Mom Sagas envisions for the schools of tomorrow.

 

I am proud to be participating in the Festival of Education Blogathon. Read more about the festival here.


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Comments
  1. Zainab said on August 3, 2017 4:27 pm:

    The marking system and the load of books really needs to improve!
    Amen to all of that you have mentioned, & rightfully so!

    1. Baby & Beyond said on August 4, 2017 11:27 am:

      Thanks Zainab!

  2. Charu Sareen Gujjal said on August 3, 2017 8:40 pm:

    Wonderful post. I can so relate with these hopes. Especially when you say that kids should be allowed to make mistakes and accept failure. That’s an important part of learning.

    1. Baby & Beyond said on August 4, 2017 11:27 am:

      Yes it is an very often in the school system kids are made to feel afraid of failure. Hope that changes soon.

  3. Jiya B said on August 4, 2017 10:18 am:

    The hopes youare keeping I do have some hopes matching to yours. Really we need to give child the world which he can explore. Loved reading this.

    1. Baby & Beyond said on August 4, 2017 11:26 am:

      Thank you Jiya.

  4. Kavita said on August 4, 2017 3:18 pm:

    Beautifully written. I am a mom of soon to be school going kis and I can relate with all the points mentioned above…I agree blackboards are not the only way to teach a kid.

  5. Minakshi bajpai said on August 4, 2017 6:08 pm:

    I am totally agree with your view points. There is a need for change in our education system. Its really out dated and fixed. It should be more practicle than rote learning. Thanks for sharing your views. Hope it will help

  6. Manisha Garg said on August 4, 2017 11:52 pm:

    Hope it happens would help so much

  7. Deepa said on August 5, 2017 12:43 am:

    Great list. Education really needs a change in our country. It should not be about only grades and marks.

  8. Preetjyot Kaur said on August 5, 2017 1:49 am:

    I really could relate to your thoughts.. We need to teach our kids to think out of the box and it might require some changes in the education system

  9. Nayantara Hegde said on August 5, 2017 1:31 pm:

    Such a lovely wish for our children’s education. It is very much needed. But I wonder if I will ever be able to have the courage to say no to mainstream education. I like that you spoke of sustainability. It is a concept that needs to be engrained right from the early years.

  10. Rakhi Parsai said on August 5, 2017 2:44 pm:

    I loved the 10 pointers that you have mentioned hoping the future of education to be. I liked the 1st point the mosts it’s the overall development of the child that matters the most.Grades and marks will always follow but if the child is not developed overall it wouldnt be complete education.

  11. Swathi said on August 9, 2017 9:04 pm:

    Am a mom of a kid who can easily relate to all this..
    Grading systems should be completely stopped

  12. karuna chauhan said on September 18, 2017 1:09 pm:

    with the recent news, I don’t even find a school safe so my biggest wish is to the safety of our children as they learn and grow