Transforming Education | UPSC

IASbhai Daily Editorial Hunt | 24th June 2020

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IASbhai Editorial Hunt is an initiative to dilute major Editorials of leading Newspapers in India which are most relevant to UPSC preparation –‘THE HINDU, LIVEMINT , INDIAN EXPRESS’ and help millions of readers who find difficulty in answer writing and making notes everyday. Here we choose two editorials on daily basis and analyse them with respect to UPSC MAINS 2020.

EDITORIAL HUNT 90 :Transforming education

       SOURCES:   THE HINDU EDITORIAL/EDITORIALS FOR UPSC CSE MAINS 2020

Transforming Education | UPSC

Sujatha Byravan

Sujatha Byravan is a scientist who studies technology, science and development policy

      HEADLINES:

Transforming education

      CENTRAL THEME:

Instead of presenting each discipline as distinct and separate, we ought to integrate their domains with the natural world

SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 3:Education

      MAINS QUESTION:

Long lasting transformations need Education modelling in the present . Substantiate -(GS 3)

      INTRODUCTION: 

COVID-19 has knocked down economies, stranded people, hit education, work and travel, and cut short people’s lives.  

  • IGNORED SPACES : These connections have long been ignored in most spheres, including economic landscapes, food systems and pedagogies.
  • HEATED ISSUES :  Investing in a “green economy” with more renewables, reduced motorised transport or travel, and more working from home have been more in news.

  If we want long-lasting and transformational changes to connect sustainably with the web of life, we have to think about how we educate ourselves.

      BODY: 

A DIFFERENT EDUCATION

  • REALISING CONNECTIONS : We must recognise, at an early age, the interconnectedness of the natural world with our everyday lives, and with the well-being of the planet.
  • REDEFINING SUBJECTS : To accomplish that, education in history, geography, economics, biology and chemistry, for example, would have to be very different.
  • INTEGRATING DOMAINS : Instead of presenting each discipline as distinct and separate, we ought to integrate their domains with the natural world.

EXAMPLE
History is set in periods divided by wars and victors, but should include ecological changes to the landscape in a region as part of the lesson. HERE

  • ENLIGHTENING LEARNING : There is a renewed interest in using more illustrations and models to enliven learning in the sciences.

  HOLISM IS MUST : It introduces a holism where there is reductionism, and the foundation would be the linkages across human and non-human entities.

      IASbhai Windup: 

SMALL BEGINNINGS

  • GREATER UNDERSTANDING : Such new learning would set the grounds for understanding climate change from rising anthropogenic greenhouse gases.
  • INCLUSIVE MINDSET : A significant level of unlearning will have to be done along with new learning.
  • REBUILDING SYLLABUS : Curriculum developers will have to restructure and rebuild materials used to impart knowledge.
  • CHECKS AND BALANCES : Unchecked rapaciousness has been unleashed by policies that support “growth at any cost”.
  • BUILDING BLOCKS : Our educational system needs to lay down the bricks for this understanding.

If the pandemic has one lesson for humanity, it is that people, places and non-human entities and processes are connected.

 

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