Individuality and Society.


I come from India. And it doesn’t make a difference. I could have been from any country or continent altogether. India is a land of pilgrims, as like many other countries. India’s history is replete with plundering, and it has embraced plunderers and pilgrims alike. After spending two decades on earth, I have begun into thinking whether knowing, rather cramming too much is any good for an individual’s growth.

It was in the year 1996 when I had put on my school uniform for the first time. I wonder how easily children are lured into securing a job since the day they are born, irrespective of the financial status of their family. What I feel is that this kind of intellect isn’t creating a conducive environment for a child’s mental growth. There is no logical stance on it. The its-better-because-its-there-since-ages theory would collapse the moment a child starts to question Why. Since decades we are creating chaos in the name of education.

It broke my heart when I had come to realise, in my graduation years, that the history, geography and economy of my country are as important as the physics and chemistry of quantum particles. The schooling system is like a giant mixer, churning out a child’s cognitive faculty! The simple act of letting a child figure out what is good and what is bad will be more helpful. Parent should be like a guide and not a martinet.

I will take here the liberty to pen down certain observations I have made. Moreover, I would like to make it clear that I find my observations least governed by the nature of place where I had them.

1. The existing system of education is killing a person’s individuality. Someone is a good singer, maybe a dancer or an orator. And each is equally great as the boy/girl with spects. But the prevailing pedagogical system considers otherwise, making it mandatory to learn physics, chemistry and mathematics while sidekicking subjects of arts and humanities.

2. The modus operandi of a school has direct and overwhelming influence on the way of thinking of parents. Let’s take a skeletal analogy. If A gives B and B gives C where C is the desirable outcome, then B’s dependency on A becomes a crucial aspect. The faultiness in A may not ensure C. ‘A’ is our education system right now.

As Sugata Mitra once quoted and I paraphrase him here:

Our education system has become a giant Bureaucratic Machine, that produces identical persons for the purpose of performing identical tasks.

The individuality of a person has no place where such a system exists.