I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with this word. If you are at all familiar with the Indian education system, you’d know why. This is basically how we were taught in primary school-
- The teacher teaches a particular lesson, let’s suppose a poem.
- She’ll dictate you the answers to all the in-text questions.
- You’re supposed to memorize them word by word.
If your answer deviates from the one the teacher made you write, brace yourself.
Not much changed during high school except that we wrote answers by ourselves after it was discussed in the class. You still had to memorize, even science, because what the hell is curiosity? Even when we had physics practicals in 11th and 12th grade, nothing changed. We rote learned the results and wrote them down. The teacher didn’t really care if you understood or not.
I never understood the point of memorizing everything by heart, but there was no use talking about this to my overly ambitious Indian parents.
This is a huge flaw in our education system. It is always debated upon but all goes in vain. And when an Indian living in some other nation does something great, the whole nation takes pride for god-knows-what. Like, what have you even done? The person lives in some goddamned another country. Just because he’s an Indian by origin doesn’t specifically mean it’s an achievement for our country when he didn’t even live here LOL.
This may all seem like some angry rambling to you but I’m really sick and tired of this shit. Sick and tired of being told repeatedly that you need to study to pass your exams-> get a degree-> get a job. Sick and tired of the teachers who don’t even try to understand that questions out of the syllabus are also a thing. Sick and tired of being told to memorize.