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5 super practical things missing from our syllabus. Education minister, are you listening?

Instead of finding 'X', how about looking for some common sense?

Nairita Mukherjee Noir_Memoir 17 May 2018, 5:13 PM
Let's write a new syllabus

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We love school, we hate school. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. And all things said and done, we love to identify ourselves as the alumni of a particular educational institute. Proud, we walk into the real world, convinced that whatever we might need to survive here has been taught to us. And then reality strikes: What a load of c*** that statement is.

For starters, that particular remark, we were taught, is an impolite thing to say. But nobody told you how to do our taxes. Although, we know that would have been a far more useful piece of information, right?

We list some practical, more relevant, actually important things that should be added to our syllabus, instead of Trigonometry.

People skills

No one ever adds this to their resume and no one ever adds this to their employee's KRA, but we all know how crucial this is. How to talk to people, how to politely but assertively put your points across, how to not lose your cool even when the person in front of you is a moron — these are things that should be taught in school. 

Because no matter what kind of profession you go on to pick in the future — from a NASA scientist to a clerk, to a teacher or a civil servant — you will be dealing with real people. And the last thing you'd want is to have to scream 'take me seriously' every time someone doesn't. 


Tax and investments

All the geometry, arithmetic and algebra lessons put together won't be able to help you figure out how to make sense of your Form 16 or your IT returns. Money management is something every millennial gets wrong. But it wouldn't be like this if we had a bit of a heads-up in school. Whoever says money management shouldn't be part of basic education is wrong. 

Gender equality


Not just the definition of feminism or its history. If we can imbibe gender lessons, including the understanding of sexual orientation through sex education, we are actually breaking a chain. The next batch that graduates will have better human beings and the world will be a slightly better place. 

Civic sense

Civic sense is not just about keeping the roads, streets and public property clean. It is also knowing that you cannot harbour prejudice against people of a certain religion and judge them for their different habits. Okay, so a lot of schools do try to delve into it with the 'Unity in diversity' slogan, but understanding the difference between Baisakhi and Poila Boishakh is not enough. You need to be able to accept and respect diversity. 


Extracurricular activities

Not everyone is going to grow up to be a doctor or engineer. Some are going to step into arts, take up a job in animation, or perhaps even become a professional dancer. Which is why, apart from a heavy syllabus of study material, a school should include ample amount of extracurricular activities so that a student can identify his/her knack early on in life, instead of feeling stuck in a nine-to-five job 10 years later. 

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