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The Failed Education System

More than 60% children fail the Indian education system. Can we say that the system as a whole has failed? Here’s another way to look at the ‘problem’:

260 lakh children join 1st standard.

Only 120 lakh join 11th standard.

90 lakh pass the 12th exam.

Less than 1 lakh seats in IITs + NITs + State medical colleges + Other ‘good’ professional courses.

Have you wondered if getting children through these exams should be the sole objective of our education system?

Don’t you think that a national system of education that seems to be designed to filter out most of the children, needs some fundamental rethinking?


Getting children into classrooms is a great achievement. However, there are fundamental issues with the prescribed syllabi. A closer look shows that the academic content is excessive, pointless and alienates us from our roots. The excessive volume and embedded western worldview cuts at the very roots of that which makes our inner lives rich!

It is indeed fortunate that most children fail the system!



Here are some examples that talk about forgotten aspects of our history. You can see that they are important but are not covered in the syllabi.

In his first report, William Adams observed that there exist about 1,00,000 village schools in Bengal and Bihar around the 1830s.

(Dharampal: Collected writings, Volume III)

Before the 18th century, India and China were the two largest economies by GDP output.

(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angus_Maddison)

The Kerala School of Mathematics (14-19th CE) blazed new trails in formulating the power series – the trigonometrical sine, cosine, pi series, which antedated similar mathematical formulations in Europe by a couple of centuries. Here are some examples that talk about forgotten aspects of our history. You can see that they are important but are not covered in the syllabi.

(B. V. Subbarayappa. Science in India)

This is an excerpt from the "Learning to Learn" book, available here

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