Eliminate rote learning in the Indian education system
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In the Indian education system, a major part of the effort a child puts in goes into rote learning. Remembering formulas in Mathematics and Physics and values of constants in Physics and Chemistry often determines success in an exam. In contrast, for the exams conducted by the Cambridge International Examination or the International Baccalaureate (IB), a data booklet containing formulas and the values of necessary constants is provided. A search of say "Data booklet Physics" in google throws up links to the booklets provided for the Cambridge or the IB syllabi. If it is mandated that such a booklet be provided for all exams, questions would be framed such that conceptual, rather than rote learning, is encouraged and measured. An aha! moment on discussing this issue with my son who is in Class XII now. He said that when kids copy, it is more often than not, guess what, formulas and values of constants! Maybe this will also have the added benefit of reducing the urge of students to copy.
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