The mess that is education

  • 13 Feb 2008 08:34:10 GMT

    [The biggest challenge we are faced with is not terrorism, which we have learnt to live with: It is the country s slide into a mega crisis in education.]

    What about sky rocketing Cost of living? What about massive Unemployment? What about escalating lawlessness and crime? Every where we turn we face a mega crisis. The biggest challenge must be NOT any of these but those who created all these mega crisis.

    And that is our Politicians who should all be publicly executed. Paradoxically, only Prabha is capable of doing it today.

  • 13 Feb 2008 08:47:35 GMT

    [The biggest challenge we are faced with is not terrorism, which we have learnt to live with: It is the country s slide into a mega crisis in education. A country may survive bullets and bombs but not a failed education system and the attendant illiteracy. ]

    They are connected - given that Tamil rebels had a mandate due to the quota system. Maths and Science are the key subjects through which Tamils got the grades. The quota system strongly influenced them to lose faith in the merit based system. Hence many preferred to fight than to pursue higher education.

    To the extent education is a need - funding is mandatory. Those who pursue private education are likely to use their knowledge and certificates to earn money and status rather than for education itself. How can one blame anyone for doing that when there is hardly any credit for those who have genuinely contributed to higher thinking - even in this forum. How educational is this forum? How does it rank against the government? That self assessment is essential in a democracy.

    Gaja Lakshmi Paramasivam - Australian Tamil