A good teacher needs to be a good learner in spirit, says Pratibha Jolly AVANTIKA SHARMA, GUNJEET SRA AND SUDHIR GORE NEW DELHI, JANUARY 27, 2012 | UPDATED 17:45 IST The session ‘Gap between Theory and Reality: Teachers, Training, Technology: the three Ts we need to Tap’ opened on a contemplative note. Keeping in mind the earlier discussions at the India Today Aspire Education Summit 2012, the moderator, Dhiraj Nayyar, Deputy Editor, India Today said “Earlier, the issue was how to get children to school. Now it is about the quality of education in schools” he also lamented about the lack of training and technological expertise of the teachers imparting such knowledge in schools throughout the country. The Three panelists – Dr. Pratibha Jolly, Principal of Miranda House, Gowri Ishwaran, CEO, Global Education Leadership Foundation, and Anand Sudarshan, MD and CEO, Manipal Global Education Services gave an in-depth view of this crisis at hand and the way forward. India Today Aspire Education Summit 2012: FULL COVERAGE
Emphasising the role of technology in modern education systems, Jolly said, “Friends the classroom is dead. I lost faith in the classroom because it was boring both for the teacher and the student. Now as a teacher we have so many options to engage the students. The innate attributes of technology can be used for collaborative works. The collaboration and cooperation should be done in all areas.” She further said that teachers needed to nurture individuals, treat each student as per his/her capabilities and then engage with them. “A good teacher needs to be a good learner in spirit. The teachers need to socialise, discuss and forge ways.” Ishwaran affirmed the need for good educationists being good learners by talking about the importance of giving space to a teacher to experiment and have faith in her method. She also said, that many teachers lose their spirits of reform when they face challenges from school administration. Emphasising on government apathy she said, “If we teach today, as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow.” You need to have a radical reform in education in order to be a superpower. We can only achieve this if we empower our children.
As educationists, we need to ask ourselves, are we empowering our children? They need to be trained to be curious, have a desire to grow and joy of discovery. Does our syllabus deliver this? We can have the finest of courses. But it’s teachers who have to implement them. Are those teachers’ learners or have the desire to grow?” She then went on to question the available infrastructure that would enable a world class education system, “Everyone talks about teacher training. But who has the infrastructure to train them? Are children receiving education or are empowered?” She ended on the note that unless we have a world class, updated system in service training where we don’t lecture but let them discover on their own, teachers will be unable to impart knowledge. Sudarshan emphasised on the need for technology, “the role of technology makes a lot of difference.
The true meaning of freedom is to make an informed choice and the ability to make that choice lies with the individual. The role of technology is to reach out to a large number of people with examples like facebook and other networking sites. The focus is to shift from tools to consequence. Information is easily available through multitude of resources. Whether Indians are going to be leaders or exploited?” He then went on to talk about the B.Ed curriculum that needs to be updated by bringing in the element of technology and be more interactive in order to generate curiosity and interest amongst both, the teachers and the students.