The Race To The Top
My family is Asian. Well ,Technically we are all Indians but that’s in Asia too. What I was indicating was the cultural stereotype that exists about Asians, especially when it comes to authoritarian measures and over expectations. What’s worse that being just an Asian is being an Asian student. Being on the top of the race isn’t just an option, it’s a necessity. One usually forgets that there can only be one winner. And everyone wants to be that.
In my country, the risk of failure almost quadruples even if you consider a zonal population. As if competing with a billion people with super computers for brains wasn’t hard enough. I really am amazed by the kind of mental dexterity I see around me. It’s probably due to years of “you have to be the best” thinkin ingrained into millions of students right from the early years.
Another notable point is the extent to which the result of this level of so called ‘drilling ‘ varies. Students who respond positively to this way of life end up being extremely successful in their professional lives. But the negative response leads to complete anarchy. The rebellion is usually strong and destructive. Education has become a competition and life a race. Simplicity is confused with luxury and complexity with superiority.
Sir Ken Robinson says, “human cultures are extremely diverse and yet, the main role of education today seems to be conformity.”