Technology can help solve the education problem to a great extend. The reach of online training has opened new avenues to both teach and learn, changing the education landscape tremendously…
But that is not enough how do we ensure that there is an ongoing process to make everyone educated in the future. Something beyond the business of education. In my opinion students should be taught to become teachers at the same time they are being taught to be good educated citizens. One of the biggest problem is that education system does not always necessarily cultivate the idea of teaching so that it can become a passion for the student
There is an old proverb which I once heard but with an addition. ‘If you give a man a fish you feed him for a day and if you teach him how to fish you feed him for a life and if you teach him how to teach fishing you will feed the world…’ The last part of ‘teaching how to teach fishing’ was the new addition to that old saying and it makes a lot of sense to me. So teaching a student to be a teacher is a great move towards spreading continuous learning.
Teaching to Share Your Knowledge
Along with education you need to instill in the students the need to share and impart their knowledge with others. Unless that happens the situation is not going to change. Kids are often told to share their toys and Toffees with others because people believe that helps in their upbringing. But they are often not told to share what they know. Many a time it is not because the parents feel that it is bad, it is often because the parents do not realize that their kid would have something worthwhile that they can teach and share with others as knowledge. There are also cases where the parents might feel that sharing knowledge can impact their kid’s competitive edge.
Teaching Is an inherent Nature
If you put a few kids with varied levels of knowledge in a room you can see that after some time a teaching activity starts that makes knowledge spread across the kids. To understand this better. Imagine you put five kids speaking five different languages together in a room and give a problem to solve….after sometime even if the problem is not solved you can see that the kids would have learned a bit more about another language. When it is a need it will happen; and teaching is a skill every kid will need when they grow up.
Add it to the Curriculum
If we were to bring up children to be passionate about both learning and teaching, chances are high that they would turn out to be better contributors to the society. Then the question is why doesn’t our curriculum have teachers training as a subject. May be the group exercises is a way to get this done…but I guess the point is that every student should want to become a teacher before they want to become a doctor, engineer, artist or any other role… because they can become all that and always be a teacher…
They should know that the teacher is the person who shapes the tomorrow. And teachers should know that a student who is also a teacher is the biggest contribution a teacher can give to the future world.
Dedicating this post to All my teachers