Each subject that is taught in our classrooms is a kind of extraction of what is going on around us at every point in time. Which means each subject is in a way extraction of information on that theme from the situation around us by replicating onto a book so that we can have a secondary source of information which is more condensed, more in-depth and well explained. This is great as I really can’t wait to experience living in all the nations to know how the world actually looks like. For example:

  • History is about understanding our past so that we can relate to the present that is there in front of us and also see how we can conceptualize a better tomorrow by learning the right lessons.
  • Science explains the laws of nature and how we can make use of them to make our lives better and more comfortable
  • Sociology talks about how people co-exist in a society and practice various tasks in a homogenous manner
  • Politics looks at the social processes of conflict and cooperation through which decisions for a group of people can be made
  • Psychology talks about the WHY of what makes people behave the way they do and how we can make best use of our minds
  • Geography looks only at the natural settings and tries to form order by connecting various concepts in it for different purposes
  • Language teaches us the right way to communicate so that we understand others well and communicate our thoughts better
  • Economics touches upon the financial order that drives the entire population towards sustaining itself to the best possible manner

and so on and on………………….

The important thing is while we lead our lives as a large whole – involving in economic activities, getting influenced by politics , managing pluralistic identities in our societies, grappling with complexities of relationships, trying to relate well with people by making efforts to understand their thinking, our education system only tests our theoretical understanding of discrete concepts.  Probably thats the reason why most ‘educated’ people don’t actually behave like rounded individuals.

Why isn’t our education system geared to teach application of these individual streams of knowledge in an integrated manner so that we are able to connect the implications of our decisions onto a larger canvas or maze of life where nothing happens in isolation?

If that happens we will not have to wait for environmentalists to raise hue and cry over pollution, software specialists will also try to take interest understanding how to counter the role of identity politics in dividing the people further, sports persons may become better teachers for that matter and so on.

The focus should shift from an descrete view of knowledge to a composite whole where nothing can change without affecting something else.