Education for Tomorrow

CONTENTS OF EDUCATION

Aims of education determine the contents and methods of education. If our aim is that of life-long integral education, the contents of education have to be conceived quite differently from what are normally pursued in our present system of education.

In India, almost all schools follow a curriculum which was originally designed to arrive at the end of the educational process within a limited period and to fashion clerical abilities among students. Gradually, it has been expanded to suit the needs of producing lawyers, engineers, medical doctors, businessmen and teachers. Vocational courses have only been recently introduced, even though they have not flourished to any expected degree. Moreover, curricula are so designed that they do not cater to the needs of those who want to or are required to drop out of school system at early stages. Even the curriculum of class X, which is the first terminal point in our Indian system, is geared to the needs of higher levels of education. Upto class X, all prescribed studies are compulsory for everybody. Hence, no child can have an experience of free choice and free joy of learning until the completion of class X.

If a student wants to become a mason or a carpenter, our schools have nothing to offer to him. Similarly, if he wants to be a poet,, there is hardly

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