College is ruining us. Here’s How,
I’ve Deliberately cut off this part of original text to save myself from “Internals cut for accusing college” catastrophe.I’ll add the cut off text part after I’m done with college
Continued…With more than 300 Engineering colleges in Chennai, Yes ofcourse, we can’t expect quality teaching. but when you cant, then why not let students do?
Honestly, I’m under a Lecturer handling practicals for OBJECT ORIENTED ANALYSIS AND DESIGN who doesn’t hesitate to ask us save the Rational Rose Project under .JAVA extension and we terribly know its .mdl, and I’m under a class tutor who thanks another Staff wholeheartedly for guiding him convert doc file to pdf,as if he saved his life. Oh I can keep this going for another hundred lines, but this is not the case of all the staff.I’ve seen staffs who are real geniuses,not many.
Why is it that the other lot, don’t confess they are not ready enough to make a bunch of database management professionals, or web programmers or kernel hackers or enterprise application developers or atleast simply developers. Pardon, if these sound above your range. As far by third year of college now, we already covered these, in our curriculum and sadly, we don’t know it yet.
So why? because we are not taught by people who are meant to teach things.“That doesn’t include everybody”
We start writing socket programming in c, right after we write the Calculator Program.
We study Artificial Intelligence as just another arithmetic paper with different logic.with different formulaes.
We memorize jsp and servlet programs without knowing what on earth is Server Side Programming and Client Side Programming.
Oh We know what a ‘semaphore’ is. yeah its a definition,fetching 2 mks. What is a kernel? – No we didn’t study!
We learn in the most worst way and keep building on it when at the end of the day we realize our base is an ominous hole of no return.
Its quiet tolerable if they atleast do keep building things in air, but it’s worser still.
Most of the time we are asked for assignments, one that we use to copy.
Observations that lecturers dont even care know what it is.Well,its do.observe what happens.record.
For them, observations are ‘one more weapon’ with which they can ruin their student’s poor curious minds. This list wil go on. Let me stop here(again to avoid internals-cut for miswriting).The question is where in this mind-breakingly insane process, we get time to THINK and DO SOMETHING that aids real learning.
So I’m not going to say boycott your lecturers and classroom teaching. I just prefer putting more effort in learning what we like and not doing what they like. I’m not a settled person and pretty obviously I don’t have a compelling reason to tell you. May be a very enlightening interview with a chennai born Microsoft Professional will do. Mr. Shriram. I like this part, where he says:
What do you think of the current “Education System” in India?
Loaded question and one that I pontificate on at length all too often.
I think it is broken. Here’s why.
Human beings think. They are good at it too. However, no school or college encourages you to think. Human beings are good at doing new things. The greatest things in our history have come from someone asking ‘What if’ or ‘Why’
But in school, you’ll probably be branded as a brat if you ask ‘Why’.
All throughout school and college, I saw people being taught to be the same. I saw individualism suppressed. Being yourself was bad – being like everyone else was good.
College was worse than school. If you need to have 250 engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu, what chance do you have of getting quality lecturers? So you make do with what you have – which is mostly lecturers who couldn’t get jobs anywhere else.
And then they force students through 4 years of mindless torture, while the college authorities devote time to useless things like banning jeans for women and cellphones on campus.
I’ve always dreamed of someday setting up a school where people would be encouraged to think for themselves. Where they would be taught to question everything.
I told someone recently ‘The most useful time I spent in school and college was in the time away from class. In school, the most valuable thing I learnt was how to speak on stage, thanks to all the culturals I went to. In college, it was all the days I bunked and wrote code at home’
Question Everything. That’s a good mantra for everyone.
If you have a bit of my DNA, Dont miss reading the whole interview at http://yuvi.in/blog/interview-sriram-krishnan-5-years-old.
Stay thinking. Thinking out of classroom walls.