The Uneducation UNSYSTEM

Factory to Replace Natural Common Sense with Blind Compliance through a Noble Profession

"The Uneducation Unsystem" is an assessment of the modern urban private education system. The problems being discussed may not be entirely new to people although some perspectives about the problem could be. There are many change.org petitions, articles, blogs and Facebook posts scattered across the internet but never anything in the form of a book for a broader reference. A broader perspective is needed to ensure that solving a problem in one aspect of education does not result as a problem in another aspect.

We have attempted to dissect the education system similar to how a frog is cruelly dissected in schools to understand (or rather pretend to understand) it’s internal functioning. We believe that dissecting a system is less cruel than that. After all this exercise of killing so many frogs only a tiny fraction of the students could end up as doctors using that learning (even if not true) as a foundation (foundation = merely having been a compliant student at school and passed the exam).

The notion that if something exists and if it is working then it should be correct seems to be our general assumption. As long as we follow the crowd, we would be safe, prevents us from thinking about the dangers posed by our decisions today to future generations. We may be happy today by doing whatever we are doing and that seems to be convincing enough that we are on the right track. But unless we think deeply we may not even realize that that happiness comes from a future reserve we are simply depleting putting our future children & grandchildren in difficulty. We seldom look at problems without prejudice and pre-conceived notions. The first step in solving a problem is to state it and that is exactly what this book attempts to do. That apart, where possible we propose possible directions to look for solutions if not the solutions themselves. In most cases, we realized that solutions need not always be about doing something new but to just stop doing things mindlessly, take a step back from the mad rush and give common sense a chance to help us.

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What to Expect?

In this book you will discover

HAS THE EDUCATION SYSTEM BEEN CHOSEN AFTER A FAIR ASSESSENT OF ALTERNATIVES?
IS IT A BUSINESS OR A SERVICE? IS IT JUST AN ELONGATED BUSINESS TO MAKE MONEY FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE? IS THERE REALLY AN ROI FOR PARENTS OR STUDENTS AS PERCEIVED?
ARE WE REALLY LEARNING OR JUST PREPARING FOR EXAMS? ARE WE SPENDING A FORTUNE TO LEARN SOMETHING THAT CAN ALSO BE LEARNT CASUALLY FOR FREE?
IS IT REALLY SECULAR? ARE MERE ONE-SIDED OPINIONS CLAIMING TO BE SECULAR TAUGHT AS FACTS?
DOES TEACHING CONTINUE TO BE A NOBLE PROFESSION? IS THERE ANY JUSTIFICATION TO IT? DOES HARD WORK OF TEACHING AUTOMATICALLY GET TREATED AS RIGHT WORK?
CAN WE ONLY THINK IN ENGLISH? ARE WE DESTROYING VERNACULARS WITH ENGLISH OBSSESSION?
ARE ENGLISH SPELLING BEE CONTESTS NOT AN INDICATION OF INADEQUACY OF THE LANGUAGE? WHY WE DO NOT NEED SUCH CONTESTS IN VERNACLARS? DOES IT NOT INDICATE RICHNESS OF THE VERNACULARS?
CAN EDUCATION BE A TRUSTED GATEKEEPER OF OUR HERITAGE? WILL IT GIVE-UP THE COLONIAL HANGOVER? DO WE NEED HISTORY AS A SUBJECT OR SHOULD EVERY SUBJECT / TOPIC BE TAUGHT ALONG WITH ITS HISTORY?
ARE THOSE UNEDUCATED UNEMPLOYED TOO? ARE THERE NO UNEDUCATED ENTREPRENEURS?
DOES THE SYSTEM KEEP IN MIND THE BIOLOGICAL CLOCK? DOES IT REALLY CARE ABOUT HEALTH?
ARE SCHOOLS RESPONSIBLE FOR VALUE EDUCATION GIVEN THAT CHILDREN SPEND THEIR DAY AT/FOR SCHOOL OR IS THAT RESPONSIBILITY OF PARENTS TO DO THIS AT NIGHT?
ARE INBORN TALENTS IDENTIFIED AND DEVELOPED? OR IS IT JUST BLINDLY FORCE-FEEDING THE CURRICULUM? IS THAT RESONSIBLE ENOUGH AS FAR AS STUDENTS OR PARENTS ARE CONCERNED?
DOES STANDARD OF EDUCATION INCREASE BY JUST PROMOTING HIGHER CLASS CURRICULUM TO LOWER CLASSES AND TEACHING COMPUTERS EARLY? SHOULD NEW RESEARCH ABOUT A TOPIC BE INCLUDED TO MAKE IT RELEVANT?

About The Authors

Murali Venugopal

Professionally I have been working as a Software Architect for IT companies but that is only because I landed up there by destiny and continue till now for a livelihood. I have given up my regular job, regular salary and regular routine that I followed for many years and thereby also started having new challenges with the foremost being financial security. To complicate things further, I lost my Dad, was hospitalized multiple times this year, and insurance companies were tricky enough to reject my claims. My children who had seen all this depressing moments in quick succession were suddenly scared of what would happen to me. They were repeatedly asking “Appa, are you fine?” and “Appa, nothing will happen to you no?”. The question “Appa, nothing will happen to you no?” clearly indicated their fear, their attachment and their dependency on me. It was necessary to keep them strong while being strong myself as a family man. Under these conditions I managed to get the book done along with my wife with the firm belief that whatever happens, happens for good and who knows what is really in store for the future. I am a firm believer influenced by Bhagavad Gita and have experienced that one needs to try what he wishes to try irrespective of the results. The satisfaction that one atleast tried is enough to keep one motivated to keep experimenting and living one’s philosophy of life beyond mere livelihood of eating, sleeping, shitting and mating.

I am experimenting authoring but more than that I consider myself a thinker and a dreamer. I have a lot of content in my mind and want to write more books about how I experience life through the philosophy I follow. A few years ago I used to think content is a problem but soon realized that it is the easiest part of writing one. What was more difficult in the entire journey was when the publisher asked me for content to put on the back cover of the book. I really felt I had nothing but ended up writing something that is now my favorite.

The world is full of content provided we turn observers instead of judges. Fear of criticism is a major aspect to experience in life. It is an art to deal with and mostly arises due to fear of unacceptance of an opinion. Life has taught me that if you do what you want to do in a humble manner even the most critical opinion will be well-received even if eventually not accepted. Being well received is more important than being wholly accepted. The authoring journey is my first experiment at penning down an opinion and what better topic to choose than the modern private education system that parents, children, grandparents, cousins, relatives, neighbors, colleagues and friends are so involved with every moment of their lives. The satisfaction of indulging in this activity is beyond money although money may be necessary as a by-product to do this full time. That is why those who do what they are passionate about and also earn a living out of it have less stress and happier lives. That thought process is what I am currently trying to experiment to the extent possible. That said, I am nothing significant yet in modern terms but I do not want that to matter at all. In an age where people are crazy for success this might seem strange but I believe success will come if it needs to irrespective of whether one really chases it or not provided one does his duties sincerely. I will keep trying to do what makes sense to me based on my knowledge, my philosophy of life because I believe that if at all there is something under my control it should be that.

Hope that was interesting. Ignore my ignorance!

Amruta Murali

Writing about oneself does seem like a tricky job but nevertheless, I am going give it a try. I am currently settled in Bangalore with my family of my husband and our twin daughters. I have spent my childhood and teenage at a town called Ballarpur in the Chandpur district of Maharashtra. I moved to Bangalore looking out for opportunities in the IT field. I worked for 7 years in the field of mobile verification and validation usually traveling across India. When my twin girls arrived I realized I need to put on the parenting shoes fulltime. It was indeed difficult to leave a well-settled career and become a housewife. Having worked in IT full time and now working full time at home I can comment that both are challenging and one is no less than the other as is generally believed. I am an author along with my husband and together we have no problem with the content as it is all over us. Putting things into perspective is a long discussion we have before concluding it. We are lots of things at the same time depending on our responsibilities but what consumes me most is being a parent. Currently in the process of building a relationship with my kids I have realized that what advice we give to others we seldom follow. Being a parent mellows down our ego and gives a different perspective to look at life. Parenting has also taught me that judging other person or situation is always easy but finding a solution to the problem is actually very difficult and tricky. The life for our kids is definitely more difficult than what we had. From the time they get up from sleep to going back to sleep, there is a robotic timetable. I used to feel that I will give my best to the kids, spend lots of time with them, cuddle them pamper them, but what is happening due to pressure from the society and system is we are losing precious time in doing mundane things like making a model or completing a project. The reality has struck me hard that instead of accepting it as a numero-uno choice, I felt it was necessary to put it across formally in the form of the book. That is when we decided to pen down a book.

Who should read it

Parents who have experienced the system

If you are a parent whose children have completed school, this book will not provide you career counselling but will talk about the superficiality of promised careers as we see it.

Parents who are experiencing the system

If you are a parent already sending your children to school by spending a fortune, then this book may align with your own thoughts about the system.

Parents who are going to experience the system

If you are a new parent or to be parent, this book will provide some tips about talents and how to identify them since schools will not do that.

Teachers

If you are a teacher, this book will encourage you to write your version of the story to let people know that you have one too that differs from that of parents.

Casual Reader

If you are simply a casual reader, this book will entertain you for sure and encourage an uncommon way of thinking.
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"The Uneducation Unsystem" is an assessment of the modern urban private education system. The problems being discussed may not be entirely new to people although some perspectives about the problem could be. There are many change.org petitions, articles, blogs and Facebook posts scattered across the internet but never anything in the form of a book for a broader reference. A broader perspective is needed to ensure that solving a problem in one aspect of education does not result as a problem in another aspect.

We have attempted to dissect the education system similar to how a frog is cruelly dissected in schools to understand (or rather pretend to understand) it’s internal functioning. We believe that dissecting a system is less cruel than that. After all this exercise of killing so many frogs only a tiny fraction of the students could end up as doctors using that learning (even if not true) as a foundation (foundation = merely having been a compliant student at school and passed the exam).

The notion that if something exists and if it is working then it should be correct seems to be our general assumption. As long as we follow the crowd, we would be safe, prevents us from thinking about the dangers posed by our decisions today to future generations. We may be happy today by doing whatever we are doing and that seems to be convincing enough that we are on the right track. But unless we think deeply we may not even realize that that happiness comes from a future reserve we are simply depleting putting our future children & grandchildren in difficulty. We seldom look at problems without prejudice and pre-conceived notions. The first step in solving a problem is to state it and that is exactly what this book attempts to do. That apart, where possible we propose possible directions to look for solutions if not the solutions themselves. In most cases, we realized that solutions need not always be about doing something new but to just stop doing things mindlessly, take a step back from the mad rush and give common sense a chance to help us.

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