Education : Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow
I am pretty sure our pupils dilated when we saw Guru Vasishtha teach Lord Rama and his brothers under a banyan tree. I almost got disowned by my family because I was using my phone during Ramayana but, in the education realm, the only thing that fascinates me more than the online learning is the Banyan tree teaching. I am not fascinated by it because the history shows it, I am fascinated because I have learnt some important lessons of life under this banyan tree, by a brilliant sage a few years back. Unfortunately he passed away but the lessons he gave are still ruling my conscience. Learning something under a banyan tree has a different vibe to it. Of course, I didn’t learn maths or physics there but education is beyond that. Respecting your elders is education. Helping the poor is education. The world will be a much better place if we accept the broad range that education lies in.
The banyan tree scenario evolved itself to the pen and slate thing and we haven’t stopped transforming since then. I have always talked about how necessity is really the mother of invention. I couldn’t stress more about it. Let’s see how. Let me take you back to the Industrial Revolution. America’s colleges hadn’t changed a lot since the first one opened it’s doors in 1636. They are offering an education designed for sectarian agricultural society. The curriculum is rooted in the Trivium Quadrivium of the middle ages. Students studied Bible … the languages of Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic, Rhetoric, Grammar, Arithmetic, Geometry, Astronomy, History, and the Nature of Plants. There were no courses. Students studied one subject a day from 8 AM in the morning until 5 PM at night, Monday through Friday, and a half of day Saturday. Then came the Industrial revolution. The curriculum that I mentioned above was not helpful to fire up this revolution.
In the decades before the Civil War, we saw rise of canals, steam boats, water-powered factories. The first factory opened in 1790. By 1860, there were 140,000. Railroads, mechanized farms, and the telegraph: what these changes in transportation and communication and production cause was this mass production of population. People moved from farms to cities. People moved from the east to the west, from north to the south. People came from abroad. What did they do? They knitted this country of localities into regions, and from regions into a riveting nation. What brought this 9-5 students to invent new things? NECESSITY. And hence, the Industrial Revolution played a great part in transforming education. What else played a big part in transforming education? WAR.
Gone were the days when the wars were fought with swords and stones. Scientist engulfed themselves with innovation but unfortunately, innovating one thing leads to further innovation. Atomic fission and atomic fusion were about to jump out of the book shatter the earth. These wars enraged the youth of country and everyone wanted to contribute to the winning effort. Some of them choose education in nuclear science. And rest is history.
And then came the times of classrooms with semi-tech classes where teachers would teach by presenting a concept through a powerpoint file and explain it further on the board. Many of us grew in this era. And if you are anywhere like me, you also slept a bit through this era. This is an efficient way to explain something because the student get the visual aid and if its not enough, the teacher explains it more. But what about individual attention? What about time constraints? We jumped to online learning.
In this hard times of COVID-19, online learning is the only solution. The world is moving quickly towards it and the companies are thriving to be the best. Education is moving faster than ever. Tutors are finding the right platforms to teach and students are looking for right platforms to learn. What collides their interests is an online platform that provide wholesome classroom experience , live classes, test series and superb feedback. We , at utobo, pride ourselves with these attributes on our platforms. Where many companies are fighting to fulfill these goals in the future, we are happy to provide these attributes to you right now. And I wouldn’t say we are living in the future because that would indicate that we can slow down as we are ahead of the competition. We work to best the utobo of the previous day and we will keep doing it. Let’s jump on this roller coaster of the journey and adapt online education in our daily lives. Stay Home Stay Safe 🙂
Avinash Somjani is an intern at utobo and he is currently pursuing his MBA at SIBM Bengaluru. He is passionate about sports, science fiction, history and the ever changing colour of his pen.