It’s a fact that our education system has ample room for improvement. We know that there is a need to develop a plan to steer the schools in the right direction. But that’s easier said than done. The first step is to identify the critical underlying issues that become an obstacle in the learning process. The education system does have multiple flaws, but it’s essential to focus on how to address them.
Current instructional methods used don’t engage students enough
The critical problem is the way concepts are delivered. The focus is more on rote learning and not on explaining the concepts excitingly and experientially that would engage the children and ensure retention. Some solutions to tackle this issue could be to create groups in schools to enhance authentic student learning in innovative ways. Teachers could leverage online tools and resources to find innovative teaching strategies, activities, and other tools to engage students. The teachers should be trained in teaching methodologies and how to help students master skills in newer ways.
This is a significant problem in most schools where the ratio of students per teacher is too high. Mostly, there are around 30 students or more in a class, and the teacher is not able to give one-to-one attention to each student. The immediate solution is to reduce the total number of students in one class. It’s only possible for the teacher to give individual attention to all students, exceptionally low performers if the number of students is lesser.
Children are not motivated to step outside and learn from nature
As most of the parents are working full time, children don’t get proper attention. As it’s said, the first school of a child is his or her home. Parents feel that the complete onus of their kid’s learning lies in the teachers or the school. However, they must understand that their role is quite important here. Children also learn from the experiences they gain outside the classroom. A large percentage of the kids are not getting these experiences because of poor parenting. But having said that, the schools also need to address this gap. Schools should involve the parents more in collaborative activities, like sports day, learning trips, etc., and also give opportunities to children to learn outside the classroom.
The process of selecting digital content is not aligned with formative assessments
Most of the schools focus on how to maintain high scores, and in this process, the learning of students slides down. Especially in the case of senior high school teaching, teaching to tests makes the education system very flawed as the foundation of students is erroneous. Educators need first to identify and then evaluate the digital content they are using and also try to involve students in the process. The digital content should be aligned to the formative assessments so that the children learn and retain the concepts better.
Though the educational system is changing, a major part of what is being taught and how it is being delivered remained unchanged and way too old and redundant. There is a massive gap between the curriculum led and its practical use and applicability. The fundamental solution to this is eliminating standardized exams. Each student learns at his own pace and expecting them to meet the same standards as others is quite unfair.
Many schools have a huge challenge of being underfunded. They lack proper funding to be able to create facilities and methodologies that they want to develop. Some schools manage with old stock in libraries, old technology, or poor infrastructure or facilities. This causes both a lack of enthusiasm in teaching staff and students. If schools are proper funding, they can avail of better education tools, which can engage students more and help them to learn quickly.
The educational system needs to evolve for the benefit of current and future generations. There is a need to improve our education so that we do not limit the ability of students and help them in tapping their highest potential.