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Edu system doesn’t allow out-of-box thinking

DNAHM24781 | 10/25/2009 | Author : Anil Gupta | WC :498 | Education & Careers

Recently, we announced ‘Ignite-09’ awards on the eve of Oct 15, 2009, the birthday of APJ Abdul Kalam, celebrated as Children Creativity and Innovation Day by the Honey Bee Network. Despite having received more than a thousand ideas and innovations and traditional knowledge practices from various schools in 82 districts of 18 states, we realised that the number of entries were still too small. May be parents still believe that the best they can do for their children is to help them get more marks in exams. If a child is very creative but not good in academics, then his future is bleak in India. And this, to me is the strongest indictment of our current educational policies and systems. Let me illustrate.
Sushant Pattnaik of Orissa
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