Friday, June 21

Why We Need to Transform Education for the Next Generation

The time we live is when everything is changing rapidly. Everything is changing in agriculture, industries, technology, communication, global markets, and geopolitics. If we look back at the history of human life evolution, we can see clearly how difficult change used to be before the 21st century, and now it’s something that is needed everywhere and for everything. Have you ever thought, why do we need everything to keep evolving and upgrading? Yes, you would have, because we all want to make our lives simpler and healthier in each way, and to achieve that, we keep on making efforts to bring some innovative ideas and put them into action and make the world a little better. 

As mentioned above, humans are curious about everything and want to update every aspect of our lives, not our educational system. As easy as it is for us to realize the need for up-gradation in every field when it comes to schooling and all other academic sectors, it becomes just as difficult. Knowing that a child’s learning abilities are built in all these educational places, educators should take the initiative to work on outdated policies and transform them into newer and innovative ones. That is possible only when we look at the teaching styles from the learners’ perspective but with the knowledge of being an educator. 

A learner’s perspective would include how studying can be creative and not stressful. On the contrary, an educator with their knowledge would try to take the approach that should make the student more aware of literary content and not just study for the sake of giving exams. Education systems can also be transformed in this era of striving for the best results through simple and smart work. For the betterment of students’ future and understanding of the subject on a deeper level, educators can invent tools that would provide the learners with first-hand experience. Hence, when they are in the place to decide to choose a profession, it is easier for them to decide based on what they enjoy and can get a living out of.

Researching this topic, I came across the author of the book “Teaching with the Soul in Mind” & “Peace Education: Our Time is Now,” along with many others, Jill Bittinger, who has been working in the education department for over 20 years. Jill is an educational leader who aims to bring creativity and soulfulness to the learning environment. Her academic history includes her BA in Psychology from ULV, and MA in Dance Education from UCLA. Professionally she has 10 years of experience Teaching Multicultural Arts and Performing artists, 12 years of experience as a Primary and Elementary School Educator, and 2 years of Supervising a College Program. Jill has won an award for speaking at International Education Conferences and gained the wisdom to come up with the idea of focusing on creative expression and facilitating authentic communication for her learners’. Jill believes in working on transformative ideas to bring change in the world with intention –and call it conscious evolution. It embraces the philosophy of cooperation over competition.

This initiative will connect literary content with today’s practical reality and what happened in the past. Just like Jill Bittinger, if a few more educators would invest their time in thinking about this topic and come up with ideas that would benefit the educational sector. Students would not make excuses for take-offs; instead, they would become more interested in going to schools/colleges to explore all sides of their interests. Hence there’s no debate over whether this field requires transformation or not because every area does, but to bring the change and get the results, we all need to keep trying to bring innovations. It will sometimes make us fail, but that is how evolution comes– by errors and trials, and the key to success is to keep trying.