Date: 9th July 2012
Dr. Jawahar Surisetti, India's renowned psychologist and educationist, has been awarded a doctorate by Columbia University this year. Known for his educational and social innovations, this time he introduced the innovative Think! Curriculum, a new learning methodology for school children.
Recently, while addressing the august audience of 1300 eminent education leaders as a keynote speaker in an international university, Dr. Surisetti counter questioned the doubts raised by the other speakers about the Indian education system, the quality and the nature of research of subjects. Starting with a question, "Why is it that in the Pre KG or Montessori classes we teach numbers from 1 to 10, and not 0 to 9?", he addressed the basic issue of teaching and learning without questioning and thinking.
In Dr. Surisetti's address, he questioned the very basis of all education systems in the world, where questioning is not involved. He said, "Since we have followed traditions, we have not questioned existing systems of education. There is a need to involve thinking in the existing systems and in our children."
Elaborating on his programme, Surisetti said, "The need for a learning process for children that is practical, fun and allows the use of higher order thinking skills is the need of the hour and Think! Curriculum is the answer to this. Children need to question, analyze and represent information and knowledge served to them after thinking over it. These processes will increases their employability skills in later life."
He was also invited by Columbia University to conduct research in the teaching and learning processes. The findings of this research have been applied to 30000 students in the US. The Think! Curriculum research has yielded some interesting results. First, a majority of parents are not interested in what their children have learnt but are more interested in grades. Secondly, there is a tendency of changing schools more often. Parents are easily dissatisfied by the current school and then, without taking into consideration the emotional bonding of children with peers, the school is changed. Thirdly, 47% of teachers considered disciplined students, who listened to them, intelligent as opposed to students who raised questions.
The success of Think! Curriculum lies in its increased outcome based learning which is practical, interesting and involves thinking processes of a higher level. Dr. Surisetti has already started the campaign to adopt thinking processes in education in India through his movement. He has been also awarded 'Man of the Year' for two consecutive years by the US State for his role in social education and environmental awareness.
For further details on the programme, go to http://www.thinkforindia.com/
About Dr. Jawahar Surisetti
Dr. Jawahar Surisetti is a renowned educationist and psychologist. He has been leading a campaign to improve the quality of the education system, and to encourage a change which emphasizes on thinking and moves away from the rote method. His programme - Think! Curriculum, which is a new learning methodology for students - is aimed at encouraging thinking, participation and questioning. Dr. Surisetti has hosted 1072 seminars across the globe on various education and corporate issues with leading media houses and the UNO. He is also the author of the best-selling international parenting guide "Mama and Me" that has sold more than 1.6 million copies in US and Europe.