Rebooting Pedagogy and Education systems for the Twenty-first Century: Why we need course-corrections immediately 2

Rebooting Pedagogy and  Education systems for the  Twenty-first Century: Why  we need course-corrections immediately 2

Education is the fundamental pillar upon which any human civilization rests. As a matter of fact, no civilization in any meaningful form or degree has been possible in human history that has not been built on the bulwark and edifice of education. While literacy may have been limited to the privileged few in early ancient civilizations, it was these privileged few who controlled the masses and set the tempo for meaningful progress in such civilizations; educational systems have proven to be the bedrock and foundational pillar upon which much of human accomplishment and achievement have rested, too. In spite of the naysayers, the cynics and the pessimists, education has expanded greatly in the twentieth century; while the worlds’ earliest civilizations were not western in the canonical sense of the term, there is no denying that western civilizations have pulled away strongly since then. Riding on the shoulders on ancient Greece, western intellectualism has been the bulwark upon which the superstructure of modern civilization has been built. Even as recently as the middle of the twentieth century, the rest of the world (as opposed to the west) had a lot of catching up to do. Thankfully and mercifully, a lot has changed since then. India in the 1950’s and 1960’s emphasized higher education but neglected universal primary education as evidenced by low primary school enrollments, and a high rate of dropouts. Since then, programs and schemes such as the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan or education for all programs have increased primary school enrollment considerably; India now comfortably stands on the threshold of universal adult literacy. While the quantity of education has been augmented, quality has often failed to keep pace. The tenets and the essential doctrines forming a part and parcel of the foundational pillars of pedagogy and education are antiquated and are still steeped in the western experience. What is worse is that is very little awareness on the issue of the need for change; this must be the foundation of all meaningful change, but alas, that foundation has yet to be built. In this book, we draw upon our long list of papers on the social science, particularly anthropological pedagogy and the sociology of science, and propose the direction we believe pedagogy must take in the twenty first century. This can be no one man army; we invite other scholars to contribute in eminent measure. We also believe that this i.e., a foundational assessment of the concepts of pedagogy must become one of the more important and vital movements of the twentyfirst century. This work is also at the heart of our globalization of science movement as many, if not most concepts in various fields of the social science are based on old and archaic western-centric paradigms. There is also an unnatural gap between various fields of social sciences and the non-social sciences too, just as careerism is rampant across disciplines and what we called “institutional coherentism” is lacking. Scientists say “however, recent research has shown that…”. Does that mean that old research was wrong? Why was it wrong? Was it due to the absence of data, or was it methodological error? Why do we go round and round without a meaningful long-term direction? Very little scholarship is driven by the absolute desire to do good to society. As Thomas Paine once famously stated, “ A body of men holding themselves accountable to nobody ought not to be trusted by anybody”. We have theories, theories and only theories all driven by old-fashioned careerism or academic rivalry, and with limited explanatory power. All this needs to change in the twenty-first century, and practical application of knowledge emphasized. To quote C.S Lewis, “Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.” Anand Mahindra and several other individuals have repeatedly called for a new world-class education system in India and elsewhere, but there is very little conceptual clarity on how we should go about creating one. Let a million scholars bloom! Let a million intellectuals bloom! Let a million scientists (social scientists included) bloom in different parts of the world, all in the twenty-first century! Why should we hold our tongue, and suffer in silence? Let intellectuals drive meaningful and productive change. Let better education systems form the backbone of better societies! Let there be a healthy rivalry among nations to develop better and better education systems! There is no need for only western nations to take the lead here. Those who have better ideas can indeed leapfrog everyone else. Those who think better and do better, win.

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Rao Mandavilli, S. (2024). Rebooting Pedagogy and Education systems for the Twenty-first Century: Why we need course-corrections immediately 2. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/books/rebooting-pedagogy-and-education-systems-for-the-twenty-first-century-why-we-need-course-corrections-immediately-2

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Rao Mandavilli, Sujay "Rebooting Pedagogy and Education systems for the Twenty-first Century: Why we need course-corrections immediately 2" Afribary. Afribary, 10 Apr. 2024, https://afribary.com/books/rebooting-pedagogy-and-education-systems-for-the-twenty-first-century-why-we-need-course-corrections-immediately-2. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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Rao Mandavilli, Sujay . "Rebooting Pedagogy and Education systems for the Twenty-first Century: Why we need course-corrections immediately 2". Afribary, Afribary, 10 Apr. 2024. Web. 27 May. 2024. < https://afribary.com/books/rebooting-pedagogy-and-education-systems-for-the-twenty-first-century-why-we-need-course-corrections-immediately-2 >.

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Rao Mandavilli, Sujay . "Rebooting Pedagogy and Education systems for the Twenty-first Century: Why we need course-corrections immediately 2" Afribary (2024). Accessed May 27, 2024. https://afribary.com/books/rebooting-pedagogy-and-education-systems-for-the-twenty-first-century-why-we-need-course-corrections-immediately-2

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