The essence of basic education

Dewan, Hridaykant (2015) The essence of basic education. Learning Curve (24). pp. 12-17.

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Education is considered to be preparation for life in a manner that the growing learner is assimilated in the society but also has the potential, desire and capability to transform it. Our education today is not able to prevent children from moving away from their roots. They are aspiring for professions that do not require physical effort, entrepreneurial risk, a social responsibility and the need for working with peers in collaboration. They are increasingly alone, alienated, and think and undertake experiences, attitude and feelings mechanically. We all feel the force of overemphasis on cognitive aspects and mechanical rationality. Rationality is valuable but not in absolute and by itself. It has to be tempered by ethics and sensitivity. The program of the school also does not include building up a sense of responsibility in the child; responsibility about the school, about friends and about ones own life. People choose to overlean towards materialistic consumerism and leisure rather than enjoying work and ordinary choice of living. It is argued that basic education has a statement to make on all of these and is a way of addressing some of these issues.

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Dewan, Hridaykant
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Education, Elementary education, Early childhood education
Subjects: Social sciences > Education
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > Learning Curve
Full Text Status: Public
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