Major Steps Needed for the Renaissance of Education

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Competition and the need to keep up with the pace of the growing technology there is a major need to bring about a change in the traditional educational system. The demand of change has been on the agenda for a long time that needs to be prioritized. What needs to be addressed is the complexity of education and the problems areas. Having said that, we are aware that it isn’t a single approach solution that will work. Changes must be made from the very foundation, hence a renaissance in education is a major need of the hour. When changes or transformation needs to be made to an existing system it is imperative to reach to the root cause of what is creating the lack. Administration, processes, execution and interdependencies need to be in sync to initiate a change.

Identifying the Problem: Recognizing the problem areas and finding the right solution to fix it, is an important step in the change. Regular surveys and assessments must be conducted to identify the lack. Following the new trends, knowing the advantages of technology, learning new techniques is all a part of the process. This will help in increasing the quality of education and improve the standard.

Goal: A well-defined objective that is in sync with all processes of the system and fulfills the purpose of, needs to be set. While setting this goal, all major educational dynamics need to be taken into consideration. Setting goals and benchmarks motivates the faculty to improve their methods of teaching and bring about a change in their approach. This can also change the interest level of students.

Systematic Process: We have all been through the hassle of hap hazard processes that makes our life difficult. The education system lacks capacity. Inadequate staff, lack of knowledge, technical challenges are major factors that slow down the process of efficient functioning. Education is a vast field; hence systematic and hassle-free functioning of processes is a need.

Quality: Be it the food at a restaurant, a product that you ordered or a course of education, quality is a common factor that draws the attention of students. Quality of the system must be improved with the help new advanced technology and a new approach. Conducting new trainings for the faculty, specialized training sessions, module creation, skill development, effective learning are all a part of increasing the quality of education.

Technology: In the improvement process of any operation, technology plays an important role. Recently, technology has been majorly adapted in the field of education to simplify the complexity. Digitized trainings, virtual classroom sessions, use of videos and animation in classroom sessions, systematic technology for grading and many other techniques used in administrative works, is a recent addition to education. The use of advanced technology will not only simplify the system but also add value to it and foster better and effective learning. Technology also helps in constructive learning which is a new standardized form of education.

Importance of Discipline

Discipline has always been a problem area in the field of education. Younger the generation, bigger the challenge. It is a known fact that teachers face this challenge every year and have to come up with new and different of dealing with every passing class. It is a phenomenon that causes consternation and fear for teachers. Indiscipline in classrooms is not just a noisy bunch of students but can be many other trouble creators like inaudible responses, tardiness, sleeping during classes, copying or cheating during tests, inability to complete homework and at times rude talking with teachers. These factors depend on many other personality related issues that can be developed anywhere irrespective of whether the students in class or outside. Hence teachers have to deal with undisciplined students in a different way to avoid any negative outcomes.

Understanding the Difference between Punishment and Positive Disciplining

The results of punishing a student can be very detrimental as punishment does not assure that the student will not repeat his actions. At the same time, punishing can have emotional and physical effects on the child that may lead to future problems. On the other hand, positive discipline is a process where the student is trained how to follow the rules and maintain a code of conduct. Hence, instead of using punishment as an option that may have fatal consequences, teachers can adapt positive discipling with patience. Suspension or reactive strategies are not the right way to deal with the problem. Teachers are expected to reach to the root cause of the student’s behavior and suggest a constructive way f handling the situation that is best for the child.

Teaching is an art. That is the reason why teachers are expected to be creative in every area of teaching. Discipline is an important area that is a hassle for most of the teachers. They usually resort to temporary solutions like making the student stand out of the class or take ten rounds of the playground, but these solutions are not a part of effective disciplining. Teachers can:

  • Set up a set of rules in the class before starting
  • Be expectant that the students will and must follow the rules
  • Set goals
  • Appreciate the students
  • Explain the value of discipline
  • Listen to the students
  • Be approachable
  • Get to the root cause
  • Be patient
  • Reward the student for every good behavior

The class in session and the students are the responsibility of the teacher. If the students are misbehaving or going against the code of conduct, the teacher is authorized to object this behavior and put a stop to it. When a teacher discipline, the students in a positive way, a respectable bond is created between the teacher and the student. This bond compels the student to think twice before breaking the next rule. School is where we learn life lessons and our teachers are the gurus who teach impart on us the knowledge of life. If discipline is a virtue that is followed by a student in school, he or she will follow it for the rest of their life as a life lesson.

There are many more factors that will impact a change in the education system. But above all, we need to change our outlook and believe that if we change the education system will positively change.