Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Democracy in Schools

A very smart teacher of mine once told me that the first and foremost goal of education is to make us good citizens. The school system planners should keep this statement in mind when planning schools. I am an Indian studying in an Indian school. We all know that India is the largest democracy in the world. So shouldn't the products of such a country be democratically trained? Who would know the best leaders of a particular society - the friends who spend almost every minute of the school day with them or the teacher who spends one maybe two periods with them? And so what if the chosen leader turns out to be a mistake, the schools forget that making mistakes in our youth prevent us from committing those mistakes again when we reach our voting ages.

So by this post, whichever school teacher, head master or principal reads it, I want to convey the message that students have to be trained above anything else to be model citizens. I just wish schools could look from our point of view and give us some political power.

1 comment:

  1. Ok, firstly i'd like to comment on the current situation of schooling here in the U.A.E. Thing is, here, schools are faced with a lot of unnecessary restrictions, making it impossible for them to run schools with the same kind of freedom as they would do in other countries, eg:India. A person born and brought up in U.A.E. is not given the kind of political exposure as he normally would get if he was in India. Here, citizens have no role to play in the ruling of the government and hence they have no idea of how to go about being a leader. So, firstly schools must TEACH the students about the qualities of being a good leader before handing them the reins of a school leader. Teachers themselves must be good leaders, so that we students can learn from example. Also, favouritism must be abolished completely and so must be influencing teachers. Selection of students must be done entirely on the basis of their leadership and influencing capacities and not on the basis of how well they can butter up teachers. Unless and until these issues are addressed, there is no point in giving power, political or otherwise, to students.