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College Education Without Prospects

This article – College Education Without Prospects – is discouraging…even enraging. The majority of students graduating from college in India are not equipped with skills required for employment. And it has nothing to do with the intelligence of the learners. It’s a function of pedagogy: “A lack of communications skills may be the most obvious shortcoming, but it is not the only one. A deeper problem, specialists say, is a classroom environment that treats students like children even if they are in their mid-20’s. Teaching emphasizes silent note-taking and discipline at the expense of analysis and debate.”
These types of challenges are overcome when students have a greater say in their own education – still guided by an expert, but not controlled. The article clearly indicates that students know things aren’t right…and yet they are not given a say in addressing the challenge.