Back To Basics: Education & Language
Education rendered to the naive brain, can be molded in unprecedented ways. The foundation for a bright future is laid in our formative years, as the impact is beyond classrooms and graduation
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Education rendered to the naive brain, can be molded in unprecedented ways. The foundation for a bright future is laid in our formative years, as the impact is beyond classrooms and graduation. With an experience of over two decades in the field of education, I conclude that our education system, especially the primary and middle schools, needs to bring a change.
Today, with the advent of technology, there is good access to an extensive range of professions. The new generation appears to be brighter than the previous generations, which has witnessed the years of telegrams. However, the ongoing fallacies in the education system in the formative years may result in building weak mindsets. By the time parents begin to analyse the problem, the damage may have already been done.
A few good private schools are doing their best to provide quality education; although a majority of these schools are managed on a for-profit basis. Our public schools on the other hand, lack access to good quality content, whereas these schools may pay good salaries to teachers with free of cost education. Even the Right to Education (RTE) Act has not been able to focus on the disparity on the quality education.
Legal provisions enacting bans on failing any student until the completion of elementary education has a further detrimental effect. In fact, it has adversely affected the standard of education in the country because students, parents, teachers and schools have no anticipation over graduating to the next level.
In India, there is also a noted difference in English and Hindi Medium schools. English is a global language and cannot be ignored and at the same time Hindi is being widely used in the developing states. This makes adeptness in both the languages and the ability to translate a necessity.
The current curriculum also may not match up to the required skillset. Mathematics as a subject has been ignored in the schooling system for a long time. Even today, students from premier schools struggle with the Indian and the International system of numeration in Hindi. For instance, it is a hurdle for making conversions of millions to lakhs and crores to billions, etc. When the foundation is weak, individuals may find data-crunching to be challenging.
About five years, through the Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s (EO) forums, regional and global chapter meetings, I met likeminded entrepreneurs who brought to my notice the education system in their respective states and countries. Those dialogues helped me in every aspect of my life, be it business, family personal or even community. Being a member of EO afforded me a transition in my thought process, making me a better person and a better leader. Having access to the
collective experience of 12,000 leading entrepreneurs (more than 120,000 years of knowledge at an average of 10 years’ worth of experience), has resulted in giving me solutions to many problems in my industry and life.
Looking at the intense scenario, there was a need to initiate a support system, which could offer the latest technique of mind development, gaining proficiency and also command over both the English and Hindi languages. A system that also makes a mastermind in Mathematics through especially designed books of Environmental Studies, General Knowledge, Toddler Training and Drawing, which would be helpful for students in senior secondary, college and higher education. These are the solutions offered by ‘Learn By Fun.’ It is a very unique venture initiated by my father, Purshottam Agarwal, who is a self-made entrepreneur and the founding Chairman of Agarwal Group. From the time that my father started his venture with two people, to now more than 15,000 people, the current turnover stands at more than Rs 15,000 crore.
‘Learn By Fun’ educates about 15,000 students directly and about 2,000 schools (approximately 10 lakh students). The books that we offer are an amalgamation of theoretical and practical approaches. Since India has an added advantage of English as the second language, it is high time that we start understanding the power of both the languages and integrate this into our education system.
Piyush Agarwal is the Director of LBF Publications Pvt. Ltd. He runs six schools in Indore and Raipur, which are affiliated to CBSE and State Boards, along with a publication house Learn By Fun. With his five years of Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s (EO) association, Piyush is a proud President of the EO Indore Chapter.
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