Learning happens in 4 stages
Do we see any of these happening in our schools? I guess not. So, what do I wish? Here’s the list
- We would do great to have a chain of Museums across the country on all things, Science, History, Language etc.
- Kids from schools get to go to these Museums as part of curriculum once in 3 months. We can cycle the exhibits across the various museums so that kids can see new things each time
- Classes in school to let kids get creative on what they can fathom about how the things they saw in museum relate to their life. Possibly even uses they can imagine of stuff they saw / experienced there
- Small kits (not expensive but well designed) in their hands starting as early as class 4 to explore, experiment with / create stuff and find out how things work. Guidance by teacher would be great
- Kids get to take kits home and show to parents what they did. Who knows? They may also end up creating new stuff.
- Follow up sessions / exhibitions in school to share what they created (could have even been a poem, a drawing, an instrument to measure time in new units, whatever.. ) with others
- Discussions in class based on exhibitions and key learnings
Did you notice the 4 stages in the wish list? 😉
Great to imagine. Can it work? If we cant even imagine, what can we get to work? Been very inspired by Shri Arvind Gupta (arvindguptatoys.com) lately and this idea has been simmering for a while. Comments welcome.
As this conversation in “The Matrix” goes
Neo: I know Kung Fu
Morpheus: Show me.
(and then the cool gravity defying fight … )
I believe that we can claim to know stuff only when we can discuss about it freely / demonstrate it / teach it to others. Kids I hope will be able to do these better if only they went through stuff in the wish list. Thats the right assessment of knowledge.
What do I propose? This thing above is the real need of the hour in the Indian Education System. Can we work out for-profit, not-for-profit organisations, etc that can fulfill this need?