Education: Let’s Shift Our Basic Goalpost

sentinel | April 18, 2019

Our educational system, right from the kindergarten to the university level, including research, encourages accepting minds. The doctrine of acceptance is so deeply entrenched in the education system that any questioning of it even out of curiosity is proscribed. This is a dulling process deep within. The system does not promote thinking and questioning minds. Intellectual rebellion is banned just as terrorist organizations are.At the psychological level, there is terrorism when the questioning mind is throttled. There is violence against the potentially questioning mind as it finds no means to ventilate its urges to explore the world differently, creatively, beautifully. Our education system, in that sense, is sheer violence on intellectual beauty. This is a psychological terrorism unleashed by our educational system.The what part of education is mere knowledge accumulation and presentation, the how part of it is creative knowledge accumulation, creative thinking, imagination beyond what is apparent, critical judgement, and promotion of the questioning, sceptical, dissatisfied mind always looking for solutions to problems beyond the set pattern of solutions that have outlived their purposes.

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Whether it is a classroom setting or online corporate environment, the adoption of game-based learning approach has been widely adopted. To ensure an effective training delivery, gamified learning needs to be more learner-centric, useful and design-focused. Also, games are incorporated with training courses to boost the overall engagement, fun and collaboration at the workplace.

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Whether it is a classroom setting or online corporate environment, the adoption of game-based learning approach has been widely adopted. To ensure an effective training delivery, gamified learning needs to be more learner-centric, useful and design-focused. Also, games are incorporated with training courses to boost the overall engagement, fun and collaboration at the workplace.

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upGrad | November 30, 2021

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