As I sit to teach my child and help her with her homework and school lessons, I realise how much the young minds think outside-the-box and explore every topic creatively. The questions she asks me puts me in a fix, frankly and I often resort to Google to help explain better! Not my best parenting moment, I agree!
But a quick rewind to those days when we were kids, and I was often guilty about how we use to ‘memorize’ or learn some of the tough concepts by the rote learning method- because either it was difficult or not practical for the teacher to explain it to us. Given the sheer volume of subjects, we learnt back then- I guess we were a much passive generation that didn’t feel the need to question our seniors, teachers especially! Learn them by heart, repeat them till it is ingrained in our minds, reproduce that in the exam and 24 hours later- boom! I forgot everything. But who cared? I got the marks and nothing else mattered! But is that what really I would want for my little inquisitive child?
Is your child in this 60% target group?
Did you know that around 60% of the learners today go via the rote learning method?
Which in essence means just memorizing the facts, without understanding the concepts and with almost zero recall value. This study by the Dell Aarambh initiative shows how the Rote Loop falls into the trap where kids can easily forget what they learnt when they use this archaic system of learning.
As a parent, ask yourself if that is the kind of education you want your kids to have! Concepts and creativity go in for a toss and machine-like learning is all that happens instead. Scary, isn’t it?
How can we make it better for the kids?
Thankfully, with the advent of technology and computers, our kids are growing smarter and learning better. But if you thought every child in every Indian home accesses the computer to learn new stuff, you are wrong.
The Dell Aarambh initiative explains how the PC penetration rate across Indian homes stands at a very low figure of less than 10%. What could be the reason behind these dismal numbers?
- The lack of availability of resources and the skills to use computers effectively.
- A clear lack of confidence among teachers and students.
- And the lack of awareness of the benefits of inclusive education.
As a part of the #AntiRoteDay awareness campaign, Dell Aarambh, aims to help demonstrate how a PC can help our kids learn better, with a blend of their online and offline training and resources. Learning just got a lot exciting for the gen-next!
How is this achieved?
It is indeed heartening to see today’s top schools offer a couple of hours every week for PC-enabled learning, so I must say I am impressed when my 5-year-old comes home and tells me how she spent learning new things in her ‘computer class’! Here’s how PC-enabled learning helps the kids understand and learn better:
- Helps kids understand the whys and hows better. Provides fodder for the ever-creative and curious minds!
- Helps them hone their cognitive and intuitive skills with engaging and interesting content.
- With the help of virtual field-trips, AR/VR based learning, videos, etc your child will never sulk about learning time again!
This #AntiRoteDay initiative by Dell Aarambh looks to achieve just that and we can’t wait to see how they help mould a future generation of thinkers and achievers, instead of archaic-style learners. But the real challenge would be to ensure this penetrates into the tier-2 and tier-3 cities across India that helps shape the future citizens into better learners and even better thinkers.
This post is written in association with Dell Aarambh.