So,what hopes for our leaders to take India forward?
E ven highly educated Indians, I mean those with foreign education qualifications and training don’t seem to know how the world is moving forward. Those Indians with foreign qualifications, with MBAs, are employed in corporate world.
They are either owner entrepreneurs or employed by businessmen at high salaries. Those with other higher qualifications, Ph.Ds or such academic qualifications, like our own Prime Minister are either senior bureaucrats all their lives or academics like university professors. These are the two classes (types) of highly educated Indians.

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India is a caste/class society and there are gross inequalities.This shows up in our present education scenario.
More so when violence takes strange forms in our society.

See the Maharashtra Dalit issue violence and the W.Bengal Mamata Banerjee anti-development violence!

From W.Bengal to TN,from Assam to Maharashtra we see these new phenomena of OBC/creamy layer play up this politics of old and new identities.
Yes, every generation has its own education priorities.As I have understood and emphasised that this viewpoint depends upon how the particular generation has evolved, how the caste/ class structure of the society and politics opens up and also blocks children in school.
As per the latest statistics, 1.3 crore school-going age children in 6-14 years age group are outside the formal school system! More children are out of the schools in Bihar (31.76 lakh) UP (29.95 lakh), W.Bengal (12.13 lakh), M.P. (10.85 lakh) etc.

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Is there anything called pure education?

Education standards as such can’t do much to improve the standards of living or the quality of living. For the later virtues we have to search for salvation, not in education but in economics and culture. Here in a perceptive review of an education report just published in the UK, the author examines education reforming. And comes to the inevitable but sad conclusion that no prodding of children or parents to go (or send their children) into schools would do.

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Private schools vs. Govt schools

Rich schools vs. poor schools

English medium schools vs. mother tongue schools

School education defines a country’s unique strengths and character! Teachers’ lives these days have become socially downgraded, poor pay, poor motivation and insecure future!

Indian schools system must become internationally rated. Like the English and French schools. Towards this end our curricular reform is important, more so our educators mindset to deschool the formal system we have inherited from the past. The Indian middle classes, in the past and now in the present, shaped our educational beliefs and also ruined our Indian mindset by creating a cringing society of submissive class. The bureaucratic class. The unquestioning mindset. That is the dominant Indian mindset. So, we don’t see any merit in tinkering with the current curricula content where we don’t change the mindset.

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Government-funded vs. private-funded education systems!

All have become “exploitative”! Lost their value focus!

Every time the education debate comes alive, there is this much-talked about promoting a common school system. The big names are all here: experts like Yash Pal, Krishna Kumar, Anil Sadgopal, social activists like Aruna Roy and others. What they say? Make education largely government-funded and the neighborhood schooling would promote equality, irrespective of caste, class and other discriminations. It was the common schooling still for the vast majority in the countryside.

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