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Youth and Literacy

Youth and Literacy

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Authored by PRATHEEK PRAVEEN KUMAR. Comments welcome at prytheek@yahoo.com.
Authored by PRATHEEK PRAVEEN KUMAR. Comments welcome at prytheek@yahoo.com.

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Published by: Pratheek Praveen Kumar on Mar 10, 2011
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“No skill is more crucial to the future of a child, or to a democratic andprosperous society, than literacy” said the Los Angeles Times in its "A Child LiteracyInitiative for the Greater Los Angeles Area". Wise words indeed. As nations look forwardand plan their futures, they plan primarily for their children. It is the youth of the nationwho will bear their countries’ flags high. These young people should be capable,responsible and have the flair and aptitude to carry their country forward to greaterheights. For all this, a good education is important. Forget important, it is indispensable.Turning back the pages of history and studying the times of the great empires of yore, one startling fact strikes our eyes. It is but this: the superpowers of the past have allhad exceptionally good education systems, the best of their times anyway, and their youthwere able to use it to the utmost. Churning this fact in our minds for some time, we alsodiscover that they fell to the dust as a result of this education system of theirs fallingdown in standards. It is no coincidence that the superpower of our times, the UnitedStates has the best education system among all the countries and it is also no coincidencethat educationists feel that its standards are coming down comparative to other countries,at the same time that other experts believe that the United States is losing its pre-eminentposition among countries.“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire”, said WilliamButler Yeats, an Irish poet and dramatist, and one of the foremost figures of 20th centuryliterature. In his later years Yeats served as an Irish Senator for two terms and was adriving force behind the Irish Literary Revival. To the consternation of educationists allover the world, very often education as we see it is nothing but gross filling up of pails.Education has been distorted to such an extent that interest is not generated and a drearypractice of learning by rote has become the norm. The talents of our youth are oftencensored by this process of mindless following of a singular method of education. Of course, blind “mugging” as this process is called by few, is constructive is some ways;
but there is a time and a situation where this method should be used and I believe that it isnot being done properly at all. We would do well to fix it.The youth should look at education as an elevator to the upper echelons of society. A one-time elevator that once is missed, is lost forever. If we look at the worldaround us, we come to realize one thing. All the “pezzonovante” of our planet havestrived as hard as they could to make their mark on the planet. They have left no stepsunturned, to use an oft-used inanity, to work their way up, planning, plotting anddreaming. “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers”, said Harry S. Truman,the 33rd President of the United States. He was a folksy, unassuming president and wasthought to exemplify integrity and accountability. He coordinated the greatestelection upset in American history over Thomas E. Dewey in the 1948 PresidentialElections. These aforementioned words of his just reinforce the point I have been tryingto make; that to work our way up, we need to have a certain amount of knowledge abouthow the world ticks and we can get only via the written word. Television, internet andvarious other means to gain knowledge have come into existence and they are goodsources of information, but books and newspapers are still the primary sources of information, or rather knowledge. Over the years, the importance of written material hasdecreased but still holds a very important place.“It is well to read everything of something, and something of everything” saidLord Henry P. Brougham, a British statesman who became Lord Chancellor of the UnitedKingdom and who holds the House of Commons record for non-stop speaking at sixhours. While the above-mentioned statement hints at a gift for the gab, it looks as thoughthe statesman valued his words too. A proper education must impart an amalgam of knowledge from many quarters with an in-depth knowledge of the subject one specializesin. This type of an education is the best in most cases, except of course in such cases orprofessions where a different method of education helps more. However, very often thismethod of education is not much in use. Changes must be wrought in the very crux of theeducational system itself and only such a change can be useful in the long run.

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