Jee Advance results were announced today. We have children in our house who gave the exam and everybody in the house is so so concentrated on the results.
Just had the most grounding discussion with my brother who describes the Indian Education system in its absolute honesty- producing the world’s best averages.
Consider the following scenarios: Person A has a knack for programming and can sit with compiler errors for hours. However, she doesn’t understand much of chemistry. Person B doesn’t have any specific inclination towards computers or programming but he is good at physics, chemistry and maths. In India, both these people will naturally give the exams for Indian Institute of Technology, which is JEE Mains and JEE Advance.
Now see what this exam system does: It judges you on how quickly and accurately you solve questions of PCM. An error of 2 question would make you loose ~8 marks and push your All India Rank back by ~2000. Now, person A, who has the talent for computers studies Mechanical and person B, who scores well studies Computer science without knowing whether they even like it or not. So, person A averages in mechanical due to lack of interest and person B averages in computers due to lack of having a knack- required for excellence.
So, the Indian education system has successfully managed in producing 2 great averages- incapable of ever being a Steve Jobs or Bill Gates or Zuckerburg! You would say that the silicon valley is full of Indian engineers- if we are so average, why are they recruiting us? My question is, if IIT produces crème de la crème, why does every one of them starts working in a company? Why are there no 100 Google or Microsoft from India? Heck, there is hardly even one.
Stifling creativity. Doing what the rule book tells us. As soon as a child enters the Indian education system, every path is set in stone. You choose without knowing. You learn, without applying. You come out- mostly without a job. Because, what you are taught is not what the industry needs. It doesn’t need you to solve complex math equations. There are apps for that. What it needs you to do is to Think of the Idea of developing such an app. This is what education must do. Supplement you in achieving what you have a skill for. And not choose for you the career you should now develop skills for. Why? Because you messed up 2 questions in a exam that accesses everything but your intellect for the field of study you want.
This system, is not about supplementing you. On the opposite, its about stealing opportunities. You, ideally (and like in almost every other country), study what you want or first understand what you want to study or develop an interest in something and then dedicate yourself in becoming an expert. Steve Jobs, took a class of calligraphy at Reed’s University- and gave us these beautiful font styles we now read and type in. How? Because he could. He could sit in a class and see if what its about. Did he need to pass an entrance in calligraphy, enroll in a diploma, pay fees and then study the class- No. Because that’s what Steve Sharma would have had to do.
Our constitution was made for the ideal society it wanted India to be. It wanted to set a ideal goal even when our society was in utter shambles. It strives for the country to reach the goals of the Directive principles and keeps evolving with the times. It looked towards the future.
Not our Education policy. It borrowed a stone from the Jurassic and inked the future of every citizen in this country. A country that produces the best averages in the world when the world (& we) ask for more.