DE-EDUCATE THE EDUCATION SYSTEM
The term de-educate may appear a little bit odd, strange and new, but the concept is not.
Having both positive and negative sides like all theories, it has been used, though not quite often, by
almost all imaginative artists rather positively. For to enter into creative forays and set new standards all
artists will have to unclean or de-educate themselves from the copy book scholastic styles. Some
examples will portray the concept’s negative abilities and aspects clearly like in Indian state of Punjab,
the state capital city, Chandigarh is one of the most literate cities of the country and to some extent of
From the very beginning local schools teach their students, apart from hoard of other things, lessons on
road safety and traffic rules. School children are also taken to the well laid out
local Traffic Park. A number of exhibitions, seminars, painting competitions, debates and
paper reading/writing contests are also held in this regard. This is an added mode of educating people
as well as children on road safety, yet we face chaos on all roads of Chandigarh. What fails all
educating methods is not difficult to gauge. Since most of the taught traffic laws are not based on
practical paradigm, they leave a little or no impact on one’s mind. On the contrary, children get de-
educated on the subject very quickly whenever their helmetless hurried parents carry them to school on
their loaded two-wheelers and jump the traffic signals with intrepid impunity. Apart from getting
de-educated what they have studied academically about road safety rules, they learn to disregard the
law and an unforgettable lesson in general disobedience and indiscipline.
In some universities, particularly of the developing countries, some girl students fail to complete
their mandatory attendance requirement. But the students went on strike and made authorities bow to
their unprincipled demands for scrapping the prescribed attendance norm, which after some time
becomes to look and feel as if an integral part of university curriculum. By yielding to such unjust
demands, what the university has taught the students can well be termed de-education.
Unfortunately today’s progressive way of life, supported by frosty but progressive
figures of growth rate, has given birth to a confusingly complex society. Being
full of contradictions, our ill-coordinated education system has caused this social chaos. While
at every new step we provide incongruous and self-defeating learning practices to our naturally
bemused youngsters, the ever busy parents, particularly in nucleus families, expecting lofty results put
the onus of providing every part of their children education from academic to that of socio-moral
behaviour, upon their teachers.
On the other hand, a laid back academic attitude crowned by lesser working days is provided
to these students when they move onwards to join institutions of so called higher education. The
obvious result end-result turns out to be that of totally confused, disorganized and often disobedient
students and their equally disgruntled parents. Also, formal schools generally are over crowded and
have insufficient infrastructure. These schools load children with literally heavy academic lessons
that generally are irrelevant and thus incomprehensible to them.
The formal system culminates at colleges and universities having equally
impractical academic approach. A mushroom growth of Ph.D. scholars clearly demonstrates
similar futile educational irrationalities that have been projected above. Thus all
our education efforts, both formal and informal, need to be placed in conformity with our
practical social requirements. A ruggedly rational education system, having logical
consistencies without contradictions, perhaps can save our society from the clutches of
The governments should allocate more funds for the improvement of
education in their annual budgets. However, unless our existing pattern of
education is de-educated to have the way for a well coordinated teaching system, based on
practical paradigms, things would not change much.
-DR.NAVRAJ SINGH SANDHU