Most of us who went to school in the 1970s and 1980s will be familiar with the 3Rs in Education. It was Reading, [W]riting, and [A]rithmetic. Broadly it is “Literacy and Numeracy” as articulated in the New Education Policy NEP 2020. The new academic structure for school education is based on Pedagogical approaches.
Attainment of Foundation Literacy and Numeracy should happen by Grade 3 in Mission mode. Later progressing to Preparatory stage of Play, Discovery, and Activity-based and interactive classroom learning.
The Middle stage of Grade 6 to Grade 8 (Age 11-14) is about experiential learning in Sciences, Mathematics, Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities.
The next block of 4 years – Grade 9-12 (Age14-18) is about Multidisciplinary study, greater critical thinking and problem solving, and the best of it all flexibility and student choice of subjects. This freedom pursues one’s career, in their own areas of interest, and pursue interdisciplinary programs is of immense value. A big shift from regimented education systems to a system that provides the freedom of thinking and freedom of choice to the students.
I am a great fan “Cut the Clutter” episodes of Shekar Gupta, and make it a point not to miss any of the episodes. All episodes are good, and well researched. Today’s episode was about Xinjiang and Uyghur issues. However he talked about basics of journalism and reporting, and journalistic education. He talks about the 5 pillars of journalistic reporting being “What”, ‘Where”, “Who”, When”, and “Why” being the 5 pillars.
He goes on to say, that due to advancement in technology, media, and Social media, most of us already know the first 4Ws, and Hence the new research and reporting in journalism should focus on the 5th W, that is “Why”, and then a dimension the H ‘How”. In many ways that is what “Cut the clutter” is all about: Analysis with objectivity.
When I was listening to this, I could not help but draw a parallel to our school education system, from the days of 3Rs to the transformational approach of the NEP 2020, which is about Critical Thinking “the Why”, and problem-solving, the “How” of everything. A fresh pedagogical approach to Education.