Towards futuristic education!
Principal, Delhi Public School, Vadodara
Let’s be global – that’s the mantra of success in every field and education is no exception. Schools need to change to meet needs of our modern world. Let’s see how.
What does global education means in Indian context, shares A.K. Sinha, Principal, Delhi Public School, Vadodara.
Q: How can we define the idea of “Global Education?” What do you think are the basic attributes of “Global Education?”
Sinha: Global Education is a new field for a new millennium. We live in a changing world where people are more “connected” than ever before. Even if you don’t acknowledge it, we are connected through the clothes we wear, the food we eat, and the people with whom we interact every day, both in person and online. Schools need to change to meet needs of our modern world.
The major attributes of Global Education are:
- Critical Thinking and Problem Solving.
- Agility and Adaptability.
- Initiative and Entrepreneurialism.
- Effective Oral and Written Communication.
- Accessing and Analyzing Information.
- Curiosity and Imagination.
Q: As ‘global education’ brings with it a number of thought ingredients which are align and not concurrent to local cultures, what kind of impact it could cause on local and native thoughts and cultures – both positive and negative
Sinha: There will be both positive and negative impacts. The positive impacts would include:
a. More opportunities are created for students to gain internationally recognised qualifications.
b. Positive global relationships among academics may assist in advancing research, science and innovation.
c. Innovative higher education programmes, such as recognition of prior learning can be spread across the globe to benefit more students.
While, the negative impact would include that sometimes it might seek to diminish the local formats and local identity.
Q: What precautions do you think the institutions nurturing global education systems should take to ensure their negative impacts?
Sinha: The institutions should:
a. Enthuse moral values.
b. Engage in more community service.
c. Understand about oneness in society and environment.
d. To build mental strength by engaging them in different fields of work apart from just academic growth.
Q: Do you think that native education systems are good enough to give all the ingredients to compete in global markets and if required, what suggestions would you give to enrich the native systems to raise upto global standards?
Sinha: Book oriented learning should be changed to realistic study which engages in participation in the act of learning both theory and practical.
Q: Given the fact that the basic tenets of knowledge are uniform in every part of the world, what kind of differences do you foresee between the methods of native education systems and those of global systems?
Sinha: Native education system focus on content evolving from our tradition and culture whereas the global system engages in the modern evolutions of techniques and intensified engagement with futuristic orientation.
A.K. Sinha, Principal, Delhi Public School, Vadodara, has extensive experience in education. He has also been Principal of various overseas schools prior to joining Delhi Public School.