Education is when you can actually successfully apply what you have learned in reality. As long as you learn something, you know that you have to water a plant to nurture it and to make it grow. And when you don't do that when you don't water a plant while knowing that you have to do it for its growth, then you are not educated, you have to apply what you have learned to be called educated. And this is what is lacking in the entire system. And that is why our system needs a huge change. And the change is big. That has to come it needs to be very big. Now, let's go a little further.
Now, this picture is very familiar to all of you. We have all seen this before, isn't it? So what does it say? For a fair selection? Everybody has to take the same examination So please climb the tree. So if you ask an elephant or dog or rata fish, everybody, to just climb a tree to assess them, is it fair? But that is what our education system is doing to us. Now amongst today's speakers, one is more than one of us is into photography, one of us is into sports, one of us is into education, sir is into the design. So all of us are in various fields. Now, if we are all going through the same process of testing, then it's not fair to anybody of us, isn't it? So that is what needs to change in our system. So this is predominantly what we shall discuss in the next 15 minutes.
Let's hear a small story. So this was when I was traveling when this happened when I was traveling on a train, and there was a mother and a son. And the mother was explaining to this very young son, son Lucas Same all the farmers are harvesting all the paddy fields. And they are, you know, processing all the rice everything. Now sorry the son asked what is all that? So what does it become later? Because it's just looking Brown, nothing else. Then the mother said, that is what becomes rice. They get rice from that farmers get rice from that. So the son immediately has now this sandwich I'm talking about is a very young boy five years. So he has don't just get it in the supermarket. Why are they getting it from you? In this, you know, and yeah, you should look at the expression of this mother. She was flummoxed. Let me tell you. Now, what failed in the story. The son says or did the system fail? Yes, it's the system that failed. So that is what requires a huge change. Be the son it's not that the son did not know that Rice was aware. He knows that rice is coming from a plant or from Russia from whatever where Where it is coming from, and he knows that it is available in the supermarket, he just couldn't apply it. So, that is where the system is not able to reach the goal. Now, this story that I told you is not just a story.
Now, this is the paper clipping of the same story which I wrote and which got published in the Hindu in 2009. So, in this paper clipping, it's not clear for obvious reasons, but still, in this article itself, I mentioned that children must experience certain things rather than just learning them with books going on.
Now, we have to process this entire thing what am I driving at what is the entire talk driving it so we need to process how we want to go about it. So let me process this entire thing. First, if everybody has to in the process of
So, while that is the original process that should be followed what is happening, in reality, is no process followed. Nothing at all. We just go to school we come back from school we say we are educated, I have a 10th class degree. I have a 12th class degree I have this I have that but there is no problem. We just go along with the flow. And then the worst part of the entire story is, success is measured only in grades.
So let's analyze again, what has been done in the past. Let's start with the learning process which has been done in the past. Let's go to our gurus. So, you must have heard of three Adi Shankaracharya. Right. So this man was taught by his teacher, that he had to spread the word of advice, a philosopher
What should be done? So let's talk about what should be done about it. We should start learning. Where does this learning start? It starts with us as it starts at home if it goes on after school and you also learn from the environment and monitors your surroundings like today, all of us have learned from all the wonderful speakers didn't we? We did. So that's learning from the surroundings or the environment. We all have been in all of us are going to college or if your students have gitam, you are learning something. It's at school.
Okay, college as you call but still. It's at school. We are learning. At home, we all learn home is the place where you learn a lot of things and you have to learn from yourself. Now learning about self, I come to that It's a continuous process. Now about this learning. Yeah, that's the first step to this the first step if you have to get educated. Yeah, so this is an example. Like one of these recent days, we all wake up in the morning and look into our mobile phones. The first thing I do is look into my mobile phone, how many of you do so when I look into my phone I have 10 notifications minimum of it. One notification said today's ABCs birthday, today's ABCs anniversary today so as I change this photograph, profile picture, and then there was the fourth notification, you know what, it's 21 things you have been doing wrong your whole life. And then I learned about amongst those 21 things have really been doing 15 things wrong. And this is just an example.
You know, use our juice bottles, Tropicana real whatever we use. I always pour the juice with the nozzle downwards. And that is why I have that Splish Splash blog kind of out of the bottle but they Right Way of pouring it is this putting the nozzle upwards. I didn't know this. Now in this, I'll apply this example. Now I've learned this by while I'm not passionate about opening juice bottles every day, I still got educated and I will apply it my whole life and I will be successful my whole life in pouring out the juice the right way. Right. So that is what I'm talking about. Now, you should apply this right from opening a juice bottle which was in your carrier. your career, your passion, your interest, everything. Now passion is not found every other day and for some, It is never found it all right, once found, it really drives you. It does. Now if I go and ask my student in my school classics Come here, boy. Yes, ma'am. He says what is your passion? He tells me, ma'am, playing the piano. So it's not the right age to ask a question. So the idea is to find out a passion is where we are all in. We are you are all in But if you have to find it, you have to learn things, you should acknowledge that you are learning things, you should apply what you have learned. And then see if that is what you want to do for the rest of your life. This is what schools need to teach children. Now, I would like to give you my story now, like as I was introduced, I come from a family of doctors in the very first circle, including my parents, my sister, her husband, everybody.
I have around 15 doctors in my family, and I chose not to be a doctor. Just because at that point, as a young girl from class 12 I thought this was not my cup of tea. So no, where is the system not successful for us? The real-world skills, life skills, how to be street smart. No, we're not being successful there. This is what should be taught to our children. We should teach them to be street smart. Then the soft skills are very important these days. You should know how to behave yourself, how to be how to walk, how to talk about everything. And then application of what they learned in school. And then processing these thoughts and giving independent thought this should also be practiced, every child should have the independence of thought. One more thing which we need to teach our children now. Now I added this point because it's very important in the Indian scenario, sex education in the right sense. We should teach our girls and boys what is right, and what is wrong, how to respect each other, how to differentiate between a good touch and bad touch, how to protect yourself, all these is what we need our children to learn at school. Now if we can educate with passion. Now, this slide shows how we can make education very interesting for children. If a teacher can teach mathematics like this using Lego blocks and ask him to do an activity, then it will be good right? So that is what should be done.
So what do we achieve? After all of this? What we achieve is successful people that are successful people in life who make successful people, that's their children. So we are talking about the next two generations. And then our place in the world stage next events. I was talking, he was talking about creating a stage for India in the world, creating a place for India. That's what we'll create and then a very happy and satisfying education. Unlike me, I'll be very happy. Yes, I'm creating wonderful future citizens of this country. And ultimately, we will all create a beautiful nation that may create the best doctors, the best engineers, the best animation people, the best photographers, the best everybody, everybody will be the best. And what will this all finally make us a better nation? So on that note, looking at a very bright India, thank you so much.