So, You Want To Be A Writer?

[show_avatar email=as2393@georgetown.edu align=right]Education has no longer remained the process whereby humans come to understand the world they inhabit. A child, through education, is prepared for different stages of his life in a pattern that is devised to engender conformity. He is ingrained with the norms and values of the day and comes to see himself as part of a larger framework. A framework that cannot be changed and one that has to be accepted willingly or resentfully. It is tragic that education itself has become an ideological tool, designed to meet the needs of capitalism.

Education kills creativity. By adhering to a stringent procedure, it ruthlessly impedes in the intellectual growth of children. Research corroborates the extensive scale of human genius and ability, given that there are seven types of intelligence. It is useful to state these forms of intelligence:

1.Linguistic Children with this kind of intelligence enjoy writing, reading, telling stories or doing crossword puzzles.

2.Logical-Mathematical Children with lots of logical intelligence are interested in patterns, categories and relationships. They are drawn to arithmetic problems, strategy games and experiments.

3. Bodily-Kinesthetic These kids process knowledge through bodily sensations. They are often athletic, dancers or good at crafts such as sewing or woodworking.

4. Spatial These children think in images and pictures. They may be fascinated with mazes or jigsaw puzzles, or spend free time drawing, building with Leggos or daydreaming.

5. Musical Musical children are always singing or drumming to themselves. They are usually quite aware of sounds others may miss. These kids are often discriminating listeners.

6. Interpersonal Children who are leaders among their peers, who are good at communicating and who seem to understand others’ feelings and motives possess interpersonal intelligence.

7. Intrapersonal These children may be shy. They are very aware of their own feelings and are self-motivated.

And yet, our education system only recognizes one or two forms of intelligence. Conformity is rewarded and ingenuity is relegated to failure. The present system does not produce graduates who can think and reason but rather an army of robots all taught that there is only one answer. Children who dare to think outside the box are consigned to the status of dropouts and trouble makers. Mistakes are stigmatized, ensuring that no discoveries and novel ideas are developed. This culminates in a rigid society, one that is not ready to accept the views of others and instead clings on obdurately to its own convictions.

South Asian parents are notorious for imposing their will on their children. Medicine and engineering come across as outright favorites, which helps explain why thousands end up applying  to Agha Khan University or GIK. The humanities are shunned as parents find it difficult to imagine how their children could possibly make a decent living by writing or artwork. Any dreams or aspirations that defect from convention and norm are ruthlessly quashed. What good is medicine when the child has no aptitude and interest in dissecting dead frogs? The message is clear. Parents should recognize that there are multifarious forms of intelligence and in doing so, allow their children the freedom to make their own place in the world.

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