Thursday, 22 May, 2008
Sunday, 11 May, 2008
The CAT method defies all of this.
It seeks to stamp out individuality. Every class I am told to unlearn /to forget/to stick to rigid rules, even in English. They make one learn literature like mathematics. To analyze without perspective and assess without originality.
The math questions are supposed to expand your way of thinking. They bind your mind with steel straps, because of negative marking and the minuscule time frame given, taking risks is an absolute no-no. This will make an entrepreneur? What frustrate me even further is the collages which demand that a highly individualistic and creative field like Mass Comm must go through the rigors of this mundane process.
Education plays the role of providing a student with experiences and bringing them closer to reality, so that they understand the society they live in and make the changes needed. CAT defies this by being an authoritarian method where the term human personality does not exist, only an examination and aggregate score. They treat us as a collective, we are to think the same way and arrive at the same answer at the same time while ignoring anomalies! How close to reality is that?
Also if I had a leaky cistern and a running tap, I WOULD NOT stand like a bloody idiot calculating the amount of time it takes to fill a bucket with a hole.
Shut the tap,
Change the bucket
The dry as stale - rotten- bread method doesn’t give two hoots to manual skills or exploring potential. It suppresses creativity, enthusiasm, appreciation and worst of all, interest.
You CANNOT love Math or English if they keep telling you what to think and how to think. We are to erase all that we bring with us in form of personal experiences/backgrounds/reading/exposure/global or local outlooks and think like cattle. Do you think these people will run grocery shops individually, let alone a nation?
But you hear the hard nosed realists say... millions of students do it every year.